Diets and Alcohol

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Alcohol can be incorporated into a diet plan in limited quantities but it is best avoided if possible. The first issue with alcohol is that it adds calories. These calories must be counted, and as alcohol supplies “empty” calories (no nutritional value), then you may want to consider cutting it out altogether while you are following a diet plan.  The calories used by alcohol in a diet plan can be much more satisfying if you use them for food.


Alcohol affects the willpower and can also make you feel hungry. Diminished willpower and hunger pangs are not a good combination for someone following a diet plan. Alcohol is not a required part of meal times and it is something that you can stop consuming without any ill effects due to its negligible nutritional value. It may even help you to become healthier.


Pure alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which is almost as many calories as pure fat.

A 12 fl.oz regular beer contains about 150 calories

A 5 fl.oz glass of red wine contains about 125 calories

A 5 fl.oz glass of white wine contains about 120 calories

1.5 fl.oz of whiskey or vodka contains about 97 calories

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Alcohol slows the fat burning process in the body. The calories in alcohol are converted into acetate. The acetate is used by the body as a fuel before it uses any other type of fuel. This can lead to the calories from fat being unused and stored as fat.


In conclusion, it seems that it is better to avoid alcohol when you are following a diet plan. You can take the occasional drink as a treat, with “occasional” being the operative word. I don’t think that it is too much of a sacrifice to avoid alcohol altogether for the length of your diet plan. It would also be wise to be aware of the properties of alcohol after completing the diet plan. The best diets promote a long-term lifestyle change. If the diet isn’t designed in this way, you will find that you gain weight rapidly from the time that you finish your diet.

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