As well as the empty calories, alcohol can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts for 3 other reasons.
- Alcohol lowers your inhibitions – research shows that drinking before or during meals lowers your inhibitions and will power. This can reduce your resistance to temptations and may cause you to over eat.
- Alcohol is a diuretic – meaning that alcohol causes water loss and dehydration. Maintaining your hydration is integral to weight loss and weight maintenance, therefore limiting alcohol will be beneficial to your weight management plans.
- Alcohol stimulates your appetite which may encourage you to eat more food.