Navigate the Holidays – Holiday Cocktails Sabotages Your Workouts

The article here discusses:

  • how alcohol affects athletic performance, not to mention hangovers suck
  • alcohol is associated with higher energy intake, not just the calories in booze itself but of animal fat, carbohydrates and less fruits and veggies

December 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Navigate the Holidays, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Drinking for Weight Loss?

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Funny, these two articles came in the same newsletter from EverydayHealth.com!

Can Alcohol Derail You Diet?  Sugars from alcohol can add up if you imbib in one after work every night.  Switch to wine, then wine spritzer and maybe you’ll be satisfied in a few weeks with just club soda and a lemon!

  • Light beer, 12 oz, 90 to 110 calories
  • Regular beer, 12 oz, 150 calories
  • Red wine, 5 oz, 120 to 150 calories
  • Rum or whiskey, 1.5 oz, 98 calories
  • Gin, 1.5 oz, 120 calories
  • Vodka, 1.5 oz, 98 calories
  • Now add in the sugary mixes! Juices! Pops! Rimmers!
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    Drink To Your Health 

    Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about how good alcohol is for your health — but I always thought it was unhealthy to drink. Can you explain this? 

    A: After reports were released suggesting that alcohol has a protective effect on the heart, many people I know jumped for joy and cheered, “Finally something seemingly sinful is good for me!” In fact, a moderate amount of alcohol can be good for your heart health. Research shows that drinking any type of alcohol in moderation can lower your risk of stroke, raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels, and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. And red wine contains antioxidants that can further protect the heart. So go ahead and enjoy your wine with dinner. To stay in balance, switch your glass of wine for your dinner roll or other starch serving.But stay sober! Once you drink past the point of moderation (which is defined as one drink a day for women, and two for men), alcohol’s benefits are quickly swallowed by its risks. Heavy drinking can really take a toll, leading to liver disease, stroke, cancer, and many other ailments. Alcohol also has plenty of calories. So if you don’t drink, don’t start. But if you do, enjoy — just take it easy.

     

    October 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

    What Happens When You Drink

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    I decided to read up on this since I’m thinking about a bottle of red tonight…despite being ill for the last week+ (hence no Dear Diary workout/eating posts – no appetite, no gym).  I was supposed to fly to Montreal to visit my brother, go to museums, housewarming party, fireworks…but canceled a few hours ago because I was ill.  The Dean of Students actually sent me home early, and followed it up with an email about “secondary infection”.  Guess that’s what happens when you work/attend a medical school.

    Anyways, this is what happens when you have a drink..and then another…and so on. 

    On the brighter side, I got to leave early, and play a role in a video being made by the school for my orientation week in 2 weeks (I got a summer job planning orientation at my school).  I play a lab tech.

    August 21, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles. 1 comment.

    Alcohol stalls fat burning by 73%

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    While I was reading Men’s Health, Women’s Health and the latest Oxygen magazine this weekend camping, I came across a shocking stat: Alcohol consumption stalls metabolism of fat by 73%.  When you ingest alcohol, the liver goes straight to breaking that alcohol down.  Acetate is produced as a by-product which stalls fat metabolism. 

    So not only do you consume a lot of calories while drinking, you (meaning I) end up craving high fat, high calorie fast and/or junk food with something sweet (carrot cake).  Talk about a double whammy!  Just another reason to cut back on the booze!  Which I have.  I’m like down to 2-3 glasses on a Saturday night if I have anything at all!

    Stat from: Lawrence Feinman and Charles S Lieber, Ethanol and lipid metabolism, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 70, No. 5, 791-792, November 1999  http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/70/5/791

    June 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles. 1 comment.

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