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Alcahol and weightgain?

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2011/03/11 16:09:17 (permalink)

Alcahol and weightgain?

Okay guys,
 
Question asked by a friend.
 
Why does beer, alcapops etc gain make us gain weight faster than other high calory foods?
 
 
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    Dav
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 16:16:24 (permalink)
    I've not looked at the science behind it but it may very well be true, although alcoholic drinks can be fairly calorie dense i.e. many people don't realise how many calories there are in those 2-3 beers they have each night or that weekend binge, also many people like to eat after a drink.

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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 16:28:51 (permalink)
    mixers/alcopops are usually jam packed with sugar/syrup and so fourth

    im not sure of the accuracy of this but i think i remember hearing that alcohol inhibits muscle growth
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 16:37:50 (permalink)
    not sure how correct but i've also heard that it can slow down your metabolism which obviously would lead to this aswell
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 16:43:55 (permalink)
    If you have consumed alcohol your body will alwas attempt to burn alcohol off as a primary fuel source, regardless if you have eaten anything else.

    Therefore if you've had a big binge session on a night out. Your body is unlikely to be able to sufficiently burn the alcohol you feed it before you have another drink.
    Then at the end of the night if you have something to eat - the likelyhood of that food being stored as fat is extremely high because it is still trying to burn the alcohol.
     
    It also causes you to loose minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium & zinc.
    To add insult to injury....alcohol releases estrogen into the bloodstream - fat storage, inhiit muscle growth.

    The reason you wake up the next morning - look in the mirror and think WoW! I'm ripped...is because it also promotes dehydration by decreasing ADH release. This is especially relevant if it's sugary mixers & alcohol or alcopops etc because they are hypertonic causing water to leave cells to bloodstream to dilute sugar.

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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 16:46:48 (permalink)
    ...plus lots of beer is usually done at night..followed by a sleep and a lie in...your not exactly burning it off.

    Plus many popular beers are loaded with calories.
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 16:53:20 (permalink)
    cu3ed

    ...plus lots of beer is usually done at night..followed by a sleep and a lie in...your not exactly burning it off.

    Plus many popular beers are loaded with calories.


    True. Alcohol in general is full of calories. 7kcal per g of Alcohol.
    If i drink i try and do it as sinlessly (- that a word!) as possible:
     
    Diet Mixer & Gin, Vodka or Bacardi. (Single shot)
     
    Only totals to about 50kcals per drink.
     
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 17:16:16 (permalink)
    Has anyone mentioned thought that despite its nutritional flaws, that alcohol is awesome?

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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 17:44:46 (permalink)
    Just to put it in perspective, those 3 or 4 beers (hardly a mega-binge) could add up to 1000 calories. Its not difficult to consume your entire daily calorie requirement just in beer, without even getting that hammered if you're a regular heavy drinker

    Alcohol is also digested very quickly, and, as already said, is used preferentially. Tends to be 'empty' calories too - ie no real nutritional value in terms of vitamins, menerals etc - just pure calories.

    Plus it raises estrogen levels in males (estrogen is very fat-promoting)


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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 18:29:24 (permalink)
    There you have it then SL when you go for a drink make sure that the pub is exactly 26.2 miles away and after said drinking session run home, job done.
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 18:46:57 (permalink)
    Sorry for the stupid question...but how come so many alcoholics are so skinny??Just a question as i was/am an alcholic and at my worst time i was drinking i was 8 stone(last year)..now im off the booze i am gradually getting heavier...
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 18:54:22 (permalink)
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    Sorry for the stupid question...but how come so many alcoholics are so skinny??Just a question as i was/am an alcholic and at my worst time i was drinking i was 8 stone(last year)..now im off the booze i am gradually getting heavier...


    liver damage and (especially) damage to the digestive system can stop the body absorbing nutrients and calories from the food you eat

    many alcoholics will be 'skinny fat' -ie underweight but with relatively high body fat % for how thin they are, often pot belly


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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 18:55:34 (permalink)
    Thanks for that tac..
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 18:55:59 (permalink)
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    Sorry for the stupid question...but how come so many alcoholics are so skinny??Just a question as i was/am an alcholic and at my worst time i was drinking i was 8 stone(last year)..now im off the booze i am gradually getting heavier...


    I don't really want to stamp my foot on it because i've not been in that situation, so forgive me if i've said something out of line, but i'm inclined to think that with an addiction to alcohol other factors someone might have maybe stress, grief, depression, anxiety, lack of appetite, different physcological illnesses/factors may all relate to a reduction in weight.....or a gain in weight.
     
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 18:57:04 (permalink)
    What Tac has said though sounds much more clever!
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 19:00:03 (permalink)
    Agree with Tac, but can also see what Sarah is saying,  people I've known with alcohol problems often neglect their diet/food too.
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 19:06:07 (permalink)
    Just gave your post 5 stars sarah...you were totally right and you were not out of line...
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 19:55:42 (permalink)
    Dav

    Agree with Tac, but can also see what Sarah is saying,  people I've known with alcohol problems often neglect their diet/food too.


    yeah - she has a very good point, lifestyle stress etc etc all play a factor besides just the drug itself


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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/11 22:46:38 (permalink)
    Ahh glad i said the right thing
    ....and we answered SL's question!
     
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    Re:Alcahol and weightgain? 2011/03/12 01:46:27 (permalink)
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    If you have consumed alcohol your body will alwas attempt to burn alcohol off as a primary fuel source, regardless if you have eaten anything else.

    Therefore if you've had a big binge session on a night out. Your body is unlikely to be able to sufficiently burn the alcohol you feed it before you have another drink.
    Then at the end of the night if you have something to eat - the likelyhood of that food being stored as fat is extremely high because it is still trying to burn the alcohol.
     
    It also causes you to loose minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium & zinc.
    To add insult to injury....alcohol releases estrogen into the bloodstream - fat storage, inhiit muscle growth.

    The reason you wake up the next morning - look in the mirror and think WoW! I'm ripped...is because it also promotes dehydration by decreasing ADH release. This is especially relevant if it's sugary mixers & alcohol or alcopops etc because they are hypertonic causing water to leave cells to bloodstream to dilute sugar.

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    good explanation sarah - saved me trying to in my pi55ed state i refrained from the kebab tho
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