More than any other beverages, alcohol of any kind slows down the weight-loss process. Whether it is wine, beer, or hard liquor, alcohol also does not offer any nutritional value. As a matter of fact, alcohol actually stimulates nutrient loss while adding calories.
When you drink an alcoholic beverage, your liver is tasked with breaking down the alcohol. Repeated consumption will inhibit the liver’s production of digestive enzymes and thereby impair your body’s ability to absorb valuable nutrients, such as Vitamin A, D, E, and K. Vitamin A is important for skin health, immunity, eye health, and hormone regulation. Vitamin D is essential for bone mineralization. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to develop cell membrane integrity. Vitamin K, best known for its blood clotting properties, is also crucial in bone building. Moreover, alcohol depletes the B-complex group of vitamins, which plays a significant role in combating stress and depression while helping with digestive functions. From a weight-loss standpoint, inadequate intake of nutrients, especially the B-vitamins, will inhibit the fat-burning process needed in weight-loss and subsequently result in fat accumulation. Many essential nutrients are simply not retained for use by the body and are rapidly eliminated through the harsh diuretic effects of alcohol.
Alcohol dehydrates the body. While it may appear as if you had initially lost a lot of weight, it is usually just the water weight, which the body will quickly restore. Rarely can you lose weight while consuming generous amounts of alcohol daily. On top of that, alcohol tends to alter our discipline around food, leading to overeating in general and/or eating too many carbs and ultimately interfere with your weight-loss progress. Even if you do not eat anything else while drinking alcohol, the alcohol itself is adding to your caloric intake. The fluid volume of alcohol may make you feel full. However, consuming alcohol to get full will not provide all the nutrients from a well-balanced mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Plus, the satiety sensation will not last, and you are left hungry shortly after your hangover. What about the antioxidant benefit from red wines? Well, instead of encouraging a glass of red wine daily, why not encourage fruits and vegetables? Fruits and vegetables not only provide the antioxidant effects but also the fiber and numerous nutrients with much less calories per serving. So, before you reach for another wine or beer, pause and consider all the pros and cons. And, if you must indulge, do so sparingly for the best weight-loss result.