On today's episode of Live Lean TV, I'm talking about weight loss and drinking alcohol, in particular, which alcohol is good for weight loss?
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If you've set a weight loss goal or a muscle building goal, does this mean you can never have another drink of alcohol again?
There's no doubt, that frequently drinking a lot of alcohol will negatively affect your health and weight loss goals.
Alcohol can negatively affect your testosterone levels:
Testosterone is one of the most important muscle building hormones. This is important, because a body with more lean muscle, boosts your metabolism, thus allows you to burn more calories and fat, even while at rest.
Unfortunately, excessive consumption of alcohol can negatively affect the production of testosterone. Even with just a few drinks of alcohol a day, you can lower levels of testosterone, making it much harder for you to build muscle, and ultimately lose weight.
Drinking alcohol quickly increases your calorie consumption:
As you know, drinking your calories is one of the no-no's when it comes to weight loss.
Typically alcohol contains 7 calories for every gram.
Plus, this 7 calories per gram doesn't include whatever you're mixing with the alcohol with.
Most beer contains approximately 150 calories per bottle.
Drinking a 6 pack during the game adds approximately 900 extra empty calories to your diet.
Drinking 4 single rum and cokes adds approximately 1,200 extra empty calories to your diet.
On top of these empty alcohol calories, the majority of time when you're drinking alcohol, you're probably not snacking out of a vegetable tray.
Alcohol's affect on your energy levels:
Whether you feel hungover or not, the next day you always pay the price for drinking too much alcohol.
If you're like most people you would skip the gym, and go out to your favorite fast food restaurant for some greasy hangover food to make yourself feel better.
Or even if go to the gym, your strength, energy, and overall performance just seems off, even if you aren't hungover.
If you're looking to improve your physique, but have no aspirations to be on a cover of a magazine, and don't have any severe health problems, you can safely enjoy 2-4 drinks of alcohol per week.
Just remember, alcohol calories do count, so don't forget to account from them if you're counting calories.
My go-to alcoholic preferences include:
- Red wine (I prefer pinot noir)
- Vodka water with lemon or lime
- Tequila on the rocks with lime
- An occasional beer if I'm watching sports
Which Alcohol Is Good For Weight Loss?
When it comes to alcohol that is good for weight loss, the simpler the better.
- Vodka (97 calories)
- Rum (97 calories)
- Tequila (105 calories)
- Whiskey (105 calories)
- Bourbon (105 calories)
- Scotch (105 calories)
- Gin (110 calories)
What you mix these shots with is the make or break for weight loss.
Always choose a zero calorie mixer like water and club soda, then add a splash of flavor by adding the juice of a lemon or lime.
Stay away from sugar bombs such as frozen cocktails, sugary juices, syrups, tonic, and soda as the carbohydrates will not only quickly rack up the calorie count, but the sugar crashes will also make you attack the snack tray.
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