Even though drinking during mealtimes is traditional and associated with good health careless overuse and neglect of what is being eaten can has a disastrous effect on your waistline and heart. Alcohol and weight loss have been enemies for many decades but an occasional drink has also been part of a healthy lifestyle. Many researchers have claimed that by consuming a single drink per day you will be aiding yourself in fighting the risk of high blood pressure but to be careful about overdoing by drinking more as it may jeopardize your weight gain plans. The alcohol in the drink will impair your judgment just enough to tempt you to take just a few more bite full’s and of course most fall for it every time.
A recent study has shown that people that drink outside of their healthy ration tend to choose foods high in energy, animal protein and Trans fat as opposed to fresh fruits and vegetables. The study also revealed that heavy drinking can also lead to liver disease, which according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, kills an average of 14,000 people in 2007. They also noted that excessive drinking and an unhealthy diet could also be preventable factors that contribute to many health problems in developing countries. The consumption of alcohol will also affect the maintenance of your diet which can lead to adverse metabolic effects which of course will add more pounds to your waist.
The thing is that alcohol is metabolized differently than other foods and liquids in our body. Under normal conditions the human body gets its energy from the calories in fats and proteins and carbohydrates which are slowly digested and absorbed into the gastrointestinal system. The problem is that this digestive process can change when alcohol is present. When a person consumes alcohol it receives immediately attention because it is viewed by the body as a toxin and needs no digestion and when a person eats on an empty stomach the alcohol molecules diffuse through the stomach wall fast and reach the brain and liver in minutes. This process can progressively gets slower when you have food in your stomach, but as soon as the food enters the small intestine the alcohol gets the first priority and is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. As it moves towards the liver, the liver places all of its attention on the alcohol and if you drink very slowly all of the alcohol will be collected by the liver to be processed immediately and avoid all other body system. If a person drinks quickly the liver is not able to process and the alcohol will circulate throughout the body until the liver is available to process it.
This is why drinking large quantities of alcohol affects the brain centers that are involved with judgment, vision, speech and reasoning. When the body is focused on the processing of the alcohol within it, it is not able to break down foods that contain carbs and fats. Therefore these calories are converted into body fat and are carried away for permanent storage on your body. And this is what you’re trying to work off every time you go to the gym.
With careful monitoring and strength of will one can enjoy the full benefits of a glass of wine, cocktail or beer and still enjoy the healthiness of a well balanced diet.