Alcohol and weight gain…

Alcohol and weight gain…

alcohol_weightgainAlcohol is a part of almost everyone’s diet. I have seen many of my clients are sticking to their diet plans but still not losing weight steadily and have parched skins. Culprit: Alcohol!!!!

Alcohol can make your waist line a vast line if you do not keep a check on the intake as it is high in calories.

What are the various mistakes my clients do?

Mistake 1: Drinking on an empty stomach.

Most of them arrive hungry to a party. Order a drink and start gulping it down fast. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach as the body recognizes it as a foreign body and will start working on it and start hording it up in the body. Sip alcohol and eat along with it. Its effects are reduced along with food as it enters your blood stream slowly and will not get you tipsy.

Mistake 2: Drinking very little or no water.

Water is a taboo in a bar for most of patients. Most of them are called as wimps if they order water. If you do not know, Alcohol serves as a diuretic pulling out water from your body and leaving you dehydrated. Now you know why you keep running to the loo in a party. This can lead to parched skin which will make you look withered in a photo. If you know that you will be drinking at a party, drink enough of non-alcoholic fluids mainly water before you reach at the party. Continue to drink after the party too. Keep sipping water through out.

Mistake 3: Eating high calorie tidbits along with alcohol.

Whenever I read my clients food diary most of them mention nuts(mostly deep fried or roasted) and crispies such as chips are placed on the table. Most of these crispies are complimentary and they add up a lot of complimentary calories too. They are usually are eaten mindlessly while you are chattering away or while watching some one dance on the dance floor. Stop putting them in your mouth. They will kill all the your efforts of trying to eat healthy.

Mistake 4: Eating a lot of salt along with alcohol.

Most of the above crispies are high in salt and hence will cause a lot of water retention. Now you know why you look puffy faced the next day after your drinking spree. Salt pulls a lot of water in the body and lead to water retention and also weight gain. Salt also makes you thirsty and you end up drinking more of liquid calories such as juices, soft drinks and of course, more of alcohol. Avoid the crispies or starters. Eat the main course along with the drink.

Mistake 5: Mixing alcohol and medication.

Some of my clients continue to drink and take their medication especially pain relievers, anticoagulants, antidepressants(remember Marilyn Monroe). This can have detrimental effects one’s system and can be deadly. Do not experiment with alcohol when on medication. Consult with a doctor and decode your medications before you think of drinking.

Drink occasionally. Limit it to not more than 2 drinks per week and exercise regularly to keep weight in check. Keep your self well hydrated. In other words, keep your self healthy.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

4 Replies to “Alcohol and weight gain…”

  1. madame, i am 45 yrs old and having a height of 165 cm and a weight of 95 kgs. is there any alcoholic beverage i can take without increasing my weight ?

  2. Every ml. of alcohol gives 7 calories. There is no low calorie alcohol beverage available.

    You need to change your life style as you over 30 kilos overweight. You need to get your blood profile checked to see whether you blood sugars and cholesterol levels are normal.

  3. Hi Sanjana,

    I am 31yrs old having 73kgs wt & 175cm ht. On an average I drink once a month (max 60ml alcohol). I am average built with less of fat accumulation across the body except for my belly. It is very fluffy & soft. Is it fat or water retention. I drink min 2-3 litres of water daily. Is it too bad?

    If its water retention, how do i deal with it?


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