Is Alcohol Sabotaging Your Weight loss??

  alcohol As someone that has suffered from Alcoholism for many years, I have experienced first hand the role alcohol plays with weight loss or lack thereof. The biggest mistake dieters make in regards to alcohol is to either have "just one glass" of wine daily or to only drink on weekends but be soooooo good during the week. Well sorry, that does not help you get results, at least not at a good healthy pace. Let me explain why. Alcohol is metabolized differently than other foods and beverages. Under normal conditions, your body gets energy from calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins which are slowly digested and absorbed within the gastrointestinal system. However, this digestive process changes when alcohol is present. When you drink alcohol, it gets immediate attention (because it is viewed by the body as a toxin) and needs no digestion. When the body is focused on processing alcohol, its not able to properly break down foods containing carbohydrates and fat. Therefore, these calories are converted into body fat and are carried away for permanent storage (FAT). So in short, it is not the calories of the alcohol that make you fat, but all the crap that you eat with it. And we all know how hard it is to resist salty greasy food when you are drinking. So now you understand why you can't lose weight while drinking on the weekends but what about the 5 days during the week when you are "Good"? Let me explain what happens there. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it causes water loss and dehydration. Along with this water loss you lose important minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc. These minerals are vital to the maintenance of fluid balance, chemical reactions, and muscle contraction and relaxation. Your bodies natural defense to this severe dehydration is to retain water. I can guarantee that after a night of drinking, you notice a gain up to 4 pounds the next day. However, on days that you really over do it, you will wake up all dehydrated, feeling skinny with a severe hangover from binge drinking. But later in the day after you start drinking water you will see the excess weight which will stick with you for the 2 days that follow. It takes the body up to 3 days to recover from a binger and during this recovery period, you WILL NOT LOSE FAT! Your body is simply not primed to focus on burning calories from fat when it is working to repair the damage from drinking. So as you can see, if you are a "WEEKEND DRINKER", that means that you are not losing weight:
  1. Friday - Saturday while drinking. In fact you store fat during these days.
  2. Sunday - Tuesday while your body is recovering.
This means that you have Wednesday - Thursday to actually get some successful fat calorie burning. Likely most of this calorie burning is simply working off the calories stored during the weekend. It is easy to see how this cycle sabotages any weight loss. This is a perfectly fine lifestyle for someone that is maintaining their weight as long as they are cautious about food calories and continue to workout but for someone trying to actually lose weight, fat chance!!! Sorry but its the truth and I lived it for YEARS. I am an expert of this cycle. In fact I drank many weekdays also in my past. And my weight just continued to rise until I topped off at 174 pounds and finally had enough. For those of you that are serious about dropping fat and getting healthy, kick the booze, at last for a few months. Don't fall into the skinny margarita trap. If you want to see my own story and results Here You Go.  

I have let myself Go – So mad at myself

I have recently accepted that I have been letting myself go again. By no means am I anywhere near the 174 pounds that I started at but I have gained 10-15  pounds since January and it is all due to my terrible diet. I try and be good but am easily distracted by crap in the break-room, and garbage food brought into my house. It all started when my husband got sick around January and was riddled with extreme fatigue and pretty much gave up on his own workouts and was eating whatever he wanted. I just followed right along. It started with just my meals at home and eventually my sugar cravings came back and I started eating cheat meals throughout the day. I have slowly but surely crept up in weight and now all the jeans I have purchased at my glorious new weight are too tight or just simply do not fit. By no means am I huge or "fat", I am not saying that at all. I do however feel like complete crap. My energy is non existent and I am relying on Coffee to keep myself awake and I am at the point where I still do my workouts but they do not feel as effective and I absolutely dread them. I feel like I did before I ever started my fitness journey. What makes me most ashamed is that I am a Beachbody coach and I teach my challengers to do exactly what I am doing. I watch them get amazing transformations and all along, I am just going in the opposite direction. So I am including myself in this months challenge group and sharing weekly progress photos with my challengers. They will hold me accountable just like I hold them accountable. I vow today to STOP the nonsense and get back on track. I was so much happier when I was eating healthy. The odd part is that some people told me I was too skinny at 135 but you know what, I don't care. Not everybody felt that way and I felt absolutely awesome. At my current weight, 150 (ugh), and state of health, I feel like a beached whale. And this is not what I think I look like, it is how my body feels. I ache to move, cannot move fast, and feel physically heavy. Like lifting my legs to kick is a huge task. So I will disregard the "TOO SKINNY" comments and get my body back to when it was feeling good. Because right now I absolutely do not feel good. I am unhappy in my skin and quite simply feel miserable. I am determined to get the good feeling back and the energy I had only 6 months ago. I have done it once and will do it again. Here goes nothing. And here are my starting pics for accountability. I am doing the workout PiYo and that paired with my Shakeology and clean eating will get me healthy again. Wish me luck. As anyone who has done a clean eating workout routine knows, it is not easy to change your lifestyle but tremendously rewarding.