Updated: Apr 1, 2020
Our friend Nick Andrus wanted us to talk about alcohol and fat loss, so here we go!
As normal functioning humans, most of us desire some sort of altered consciousness. It’s intrinsic and persisted for most of evolution. As talked about yesterday — alcohol seems to be the only acceptable way to get high without being socially ostracized, so of course this is a topic everyone has questions about.
Alcohol impacts fat loss through both direct and indirect mechanisms.
𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆, 𝗮𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗵𝗼𝗹 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝟳 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝘆𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿.
Basically, the body focuses on detoxing the alcohol rather than using other nutrients as an energy source, so you have a greater partitioning of calories to fat stores and a greater rate of fat synthesis.
𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆, 𝗮𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗵𝗼𝗹 𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀.
It acts directly on fat cells to reduce the secretion of leptin, which in turn stimulates appetite and motivates us to eat more food.
It also shuts down our prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of executive functioning, and therefore increases our 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴.
For all the nutrition and fit pros that are more stringent with their diets, that usually translates into more junk food consumption when imbibing.
When you lift the brakes up by drinking a substance that puts our 𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥 brain in control, you bet your ass things are going to go sideways quicklike. Survival is your primary focus when the prefrontal cortex is shut down. Most don’t actually desire what excessive hedonism provides, yet they do it anyways when they drink. What does that tell you? Individuals often utilize EtOH as a license to “𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦” and engage in the hedonism they know wrecks their goals.
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