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For nearly half a century we’ve been told that the consumption of alcohol will make you fat, add extra pounds, and have a beer belly. Have you ever wondered how much truth is behind it? What are the scientific facts that prove this theory? Well that’s just it... it’s still a theory.
To fully understand the metabolization of alcohol, you have to understand its contents. So, for one it yields 7 calories per gram which means it’s higher than proteins and carbohydrates (which yield 4 calories per gram). Secondly, alcohol halts the metabolization of fats during the consumption of alcohol due to the body’s response to break down the alcohol.
However, over the last 25 years there have been ground-breaking studies that have disproved the theory that alcohol makes you fat. Such as:
1. You can drink alcohol and still lose weight.
Alcohol acts as a potent appetizer which means, you are more likely to drink and eat more if alcohol is served with food. If you are sensible about what you are consuming you will actually be able to control the amount of calories you’re ingesting. In 1999, Swiss physiologists tested 52 people and found that all candidates wanted to eat more. However, limiting food and keeping alcohol ingestion consistent not a single person gained weight.
2. Alcohol is predicted to reduce glucose.
Alcohol, which is considered to have a high-insulin response, can be linked to lower glucose levels which can essentially keep off weight. According to University of Austin, Texas and the Brazil’s Fluminese Federal University both found that supplying a diet and alcohol content that was steady in calories for an extensive period of time proved no extra weight gain. Basically, the alcohols calories were not assimilated.
3. Wine and spirits won’t make you grow a beer belly.
If you’re familiar with the glycemic index then all I have to tell you is that it ranks at 0. If not, then let me explain. Basically foods are ranked on a GI scale from 0-100 depending on how much excess glucose they produce. So for instance; vegetables are on the lower scale about 8 or so, and potato chips being at 95 on the GI scale. Beer was ranked 110 by Finnish researchers and wine and spirits were ranked 0.
4. Wine is proven to keep off unwanted pounds.
Women who consume 1-2 glasses of wine per day actually reduce their chances of obesity by 4%. Havard did a study for 13 years on 20,000 middle aged women who wore M sized clothing. Those that were consuming alcohol stayed skinny and those that did not were the ones who became 18+ sizes (XL).
5. Alcohol is used for energy.
The controversial theory that alcohol is turned into fat is quite rather exaggerated. About 5% of the alcohol you drink will turn into fat. (Of course, this depends on your consumption) Your body breaks down alcohol the same way it would if it has excess amounts of carbohydrates.