Body Weight and Alcohol Consumption
In today’s world, people are very conscious about their weight as well as their looks. The numbers of fitness and Feel good centers that have sprung up in the recent years clearly indicate the importance people are placing over their looks. Every effort is taken to cut down on unnecessary calories and fattening dietary components.
There have been several researches and findings which contrary to the most recent research findings and conclusions by U.S. government reports, claim that wine, beer and spirits lead to unwarranted weight gain by increasing one’s appetite, reducing the necessary burning of fat calories and raising the levels of a muscle-wasting hormone. However, the emerging research clearly states that this information is misleading.
Researchers emphasize that alcohol calories may not count as long as one practices a moderate drinking pattern.
Data Supporting that Alcohol Doesn’t Affect Body Weight.
According to various researches and studies alcohol contains calories, but drinking alcohol doesn’t lead to weight gain. There are many studies conducted that report a small reduction in weight for women who drink.
Whatever the reasons, the consumption of alcohol is not associated with weight gain and is often associated with weight loss in women. The medical evidence of this is based on a large number of studies of thousands of people around the world.
Research and studies conducted show that Alcohol increases metabolic rate significantly, thus causing more calories to be burned rather than stored in the body as fat.
Another research has found consumption of sugar to decrease as consumption of alcohol increases.
Alcohol beverages contain no fat, no cholesterol, and very little sodium. Of course, the nutritional value of different alcohol beverages varies.
Moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and longer life. It is better than either abstaining from alcohol or abusing alcohol. Drinking alcohol in large quantity does affect the health in a serious way. Heavy drinking is associated with cirrhosis of the liver, breast cancer, and other health problems. The key word here is moderation.
Moderation is often described in the US as two drinks a day for a man and one drink a day for a woman.