‘Tis the season for overconsumption. Here are some things to keep in mind at your holiday parties.
Excessive alcohol intake contributes to obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, heart and liver disease, long and short-term memory are affected, as well as athletic performance.
Alcohol contributes to obesity:
In addition to alcohol being a high-calorie substance, it lessens the body’s ability to burn fat. Fat storage is promoted—particularly in the belly (hence the word “beer belly”)—a health danger zone. Alcohol can also stimulate the appetite.
Alcohol is potentially more harmful while dieting:
Blood sugar levels may drop with resultant fatigue and further impairment of concentration, reflexes and driving skills—and maybe even dieter’s resolve!
Women are more prone to alcohol’s ill effects due to their lower body weight, smaller livers, and lesser capacity to metabolize alcohol. As we age, our ability to handle alcohol decreases.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP AVOID HARMFUL DRINKING:
- Request half ounces of alcohol in cocktails and mixed drinks. Dilute them and keep topping them off with non- alcoholic drinks (ie club soda, water, seltzer )
- Go easy on “light beers”. At 4% alcohol, on average, they are still high in alcohol compared to regular beer, which is 5% alcohol.
- Slow your rate of drinking. Chugging or drinking fast (shots) is the major cause of illness and death from alcohol poisoning.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Food slows the rate of alcohol absorption.
- Keep track of the number of drinks and know when to stop. Stick to a set limit.
- And finally, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Appoint someone to be the designated driver or call a cab.
CHEERS….Have fun at your holiday parties and keep your weight loss and health goals in mind. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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