…The headline above is from one of the more popular messages addressed in our Healthy Habits program. We had such a great response from this subject that we wanted to share it with you.
Today I want to give attention to a very touchy subject: adult beverages.
If you don’t consume alcohol at all, then you have a definite advantage and you can read this for enjoyment.
First of all, I’m not assuming that all of our clients want to lose weight. The majority do, but others work with us to experience all the benefits that effective exercise and a healthier lifestyle have on their quality of life.
Whatever your goals are, I promise you one thing: cutting back on alcohol will help you achieve them.
And if you DO have weight loss as a goal, reduction of alcohol is crucial. Alcohol is the number one substance that keeps our clients from dropping unwanted fat.
Look, I know that there are plenty of “nutrition challenges” and 30 day plans out there – things that sound a lot like the Whole30, that promise you’ll lose weight, have more energy and feel better. They give you more of what you want – arbitrary points for eating junk food, or an exercise penance for cheating, or acceptable alcohol choices “if you must drink.”
But here at ForeverStrong, we chose to partner with the Whole9, because we’ve built our entire business around telling you what you need, not what you want.
We don’t force this on you. We will tell you what we know to be true based on the facts. We want a long-term solution for you, and programs that offer built-in cheats or rationalizations for less than healthy food choices simply do not work long-term. They don’t teach you anything about how the foods you are eating are affecting you, and they don’t do anything to help you change your habits, patterns and behaviors. The Whole30 program has been in motion for years, with participants all across the world – and has measurable, real-life, sustainable results to back our our claims.
I’m quoting from our Whole30 nutrition guide:
“Alcohol (like sugar) does not make you healthier. It is neurotoxic, which is why your brain doesn’t work quite right after a few drinks. It is a very concentrated source of calories (nearly twice as calorie-dense as sugar, gram for gram!) but contains no actual “nutrition.” In addition, consumption of alcohol often sets us up to make poor choices with food—the after-effects of which can turn one late-night pizza into a whole weekend of carb-a-palooza.
In addition, alcohol makes it harder for your body to properly control blood sugar levels, and directly promotes changes in your intestinal lining which promotes inflammation that starts in the gut, but travels everywhere in the body.”
Worse yet, your liver prioritizes alcohol processing as a higher priority to fat metabolism. Ever seen a picture of an alcoholics fatty liver? Yes, that’s all the fat that could not be metabolized because the toxic alcohol took priority. So with every drink, you are minimizing or halting your body’s fat-burning potential until all the alcohol is out of your system.
Don’t fall for the hype that it’s good for you. In general, the less alcohol you drink, the healthier you’ll be.
If you drink alcohol, are you ready to start cutting back? Determine your limits and stick to it. If you need help, our Healthy Habits Coaching is a 90-day structured service that provides coaching and support to help you replace your old unhealthy habits with new healthier one. From nutritional guidance to help with self-care, managing stress and sleep, our Healthy Habits program has literally transformed lives.
If interested in the ForeverStrong Healthy Habits Coaching and the ForeverStrong program, call 301-452-5547 to schedule your complimentary fitness consultation!