Drinking Alcohol Can Make it Harder to Lose Weight

Drinking Alcohol Can Make it Harder to Lose Weight

Losing weight is not on everyone’s agenda—nor should it be. We define beauty in this country so narrowly that we seem to think that everyone should be microscopic in build, when we all come in different shapes and sizes. This is something that I hope we’ll overcome eventually.

That said, plenty of people do want to lose weight for other reasons; I, for one, get tired a lot from just sitting while I work and not moving as much as I could, and I’d love to lose a bit of weight just to have a bit more energy. I like my curves and don’t want them to disappear; I just want to shave off enough to make me able to dance as much as I would like—which is, of course, a lot, since I have a five-year-old.

Most people do realize that drinking alcohol can hinder your weight loss efforts, but did you know that alcohol apparently reduces your weight-burning ability by up to a third, depending on your genetics, lifestyle, and other factors?

That’s just another reason people may want to quit drinking—though I hope that wouldn’t be the first and only. If you are in danger of alcoholism and about to lose your liver to cirrhosis (as my grandfather did) or you’re on the path toward that life, please know that there is always help out there if you do decide you want to quit.