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Getting back to a social life on the weekends or after work is making a comeback in Totowa, New Jersey, since the pandemic. While you may have gained weight during the pandemic from lack of exercise and poor eating habits, switching to alcohol won’t help you lose it. In fact, it will make you gain weight if you’re not careful. Drinking a glass of red wine may actually be good for because of the resveratrol and other polyphenols, but it still contains calories. A 5 to 6 ounce glass of wine contains between 125 and 160 calories. There are negative effects of alcohol on the body, which include physical and mental diminished performance, increased risk of diabetes and liver disease.
Eating a cookie won’t kill you or destroy your plan to be healthier. Eating nothing but cookies or bags and bags of cookies is where the problem occurs. Alcohol is the very definition of empty calories in most cases. While some alcoholic drinks, like red wine, contain a few nutrients, most are just quick energy, since alcohol is used first, anything combined with the alcohol is stored as fat.
The enzyme ALDH1A1—Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 1—causes this. This enzyme is suppressed when estrogen levels are higher, but when they drop, it becomes a problem. It causes fat build up around your belly—visceral fat. Visceral fat builds around the organs during middle age in women as estrogen levels drop. Not only do you pack on the pounds with alcohol, you put them on you belly and waist, not the place anyone wants more fat. It can crowd the organs and cause health issues.
When the body is processing the alcohol in the wine or cocktails you just drank, it puts a pause on fat burning. The hormone that naturally elevates blood glucose levels so your body breaks down body fat—glucagon—doesn’t work as efficiently or at all in some cases. The liver is programmed to handle the most important things first, like ridding the body of poison and alcohol is registered as poison by the liver. It puts off doing other jobs, like breaking down body fat. One unit of alcohol takes an hour to process, so during that time you won’t be burning fat.
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