Weight loss can be achieved in a number of ways. Some slimmers may stick to a structured diet plan, whereas others may cut particular items from their regular diet to see if it has an effect on their weight. One woman managed to lose 2st in 6.5 months by cutting one thing out of her diet, and she has now shared her transformation on Reddit. Taking to the social media site, the 31-year-old woman – who goes by the online name “cocktails handy” – shared a before and after photo. Revealing she’d slimmed down from 14st 2lbs to a much healthier 12st 2lbs, the woman wrote: “I am (almost) half way to my weight loss goal and am feeling great!”
Taking to the social media site, the 31-year-old woman – who goes by the online name “cocktails handy” – shared a before and after photo.
Revealing she’d slimmed down from 14st 2lbs to a much healthier 12st 2lbs, the woman wrote: “I am (almost) half way to my weight loss goal and am feeling great!”
How does alcohol affect weight loss?
When it comes to losing weight, you often hear slimmers cutting alcohol from their diet.
While some studies suggest that alcohol can have health benefits, for example red wine may lower the risk of heart disease, according to heathline.com, alcohol also plays a large role in weight management.
From providing empty calories to increasing belly fat, alcohol can affect your body in the following ways:
Alcohol can affect organs
The primary role of your liver is to act as the “filter” for any foreign substances that enter your body, such as drugs and alcohol. The liver also plays a role in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Excess alcohol can lead to what is known as alcoholic fatty liver. This condition can damage your liver, affecting the way your body metabolizes and store carbohydrates and fats.
Changes in the way your body stores energy from food can make it difficult to lose weight.
Alcohol is often “empty calories”
Alcoholic drinks are often referred to as “empty” calories. This means that they provide your body with calories but contain very little nutrients. Drinks that have mixers, such as fruit juice or soda, contain even more calories.
Alcohol can contribute to excess belly fat
Consume foods and drinks high in sugar can quickly lead to weight gain. Extra calories end up stored as fat in the body, so consuming too much alcohol could see slimmers pile on the pounds around their stomach area.
Alcohol affects judgement, especially with food
It’s very hard to fight the urge to binge eat when intoxicated. Some of the poorest food choices are made after a night out, and this can lead to unwanted weight gain.
A recent animal study found that mice given ethanol over a period of three days demonstrated a significant increase in food intake. This study suggests that alcohol can actually trigger hunger signals in the brain, leading to an increased urge to eat more food.
If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s best to steer clear of booze, but if you fancy a drink, try low calorie spirits like vodka, whiskey or gin.
Caroline Flack also cut out one food item from her diet to lose weight.
The Love Island 2019 host managed to lose over a stone by ditching sugar.