When you are trying to lose weight, does it ever feel like you are fighting a losing battle? There are so many other easier things to do in life. You can work hard and become a success at your career. You can be a good parent and love your family. You can travel, spend money, be kind to others. But when it comes to weight loss, you just can’t seem to do it right. If you do lose weight, maybe it comes back. It can be very stressful!
So, let’s have a drink!
That’s why we say, right?
- A cocktail when we’ve had a hard day, just because.
- A beer when we are out with friends having a good time, just because
- A glass of wine at night because it will help you sleep, just because
Alcohol has become such a big part of our social lives and our private lives that it just seems normal. But, alcohol can wreak havoc on your body when you are trying to lose weight. Not only on your hormones [women and men], but on your metabolism and it’s ability to burn fat from your body. Is one glass going to hurt you? Probably not. But, most of the time, we are not just talking about one glass. It becomes a problem when:
- We keep having cocktails, regardless of if we had a bad day or not, it’s a habit now
- We overindulge when out with friends, because everyone else is doing it, it becomes a “social” thing now
- We need it to sleep at night, we feel like we cannot go to sleep without it now
We start sedating our body with alcohol.
- Instead of lowering our stress levels at work at home, alcohol becomes an easy way to forget your problems
- Instead of saying “no” to our friends, we don’t want to stand out and so we just do as the crowd does and drink
- Instead of finding other ways to relax and take care of our bodies, we look for the instant satisfaction that temporarily relaxes our body so we can sleep
This doesn’t mean that you can never have a drink if you are trying to lose weight. It just means that you become more aware of your alcohol intake. You become more aware of your feelings, your inside voice, when you are in social situations. And, you become more aware of other healthy ways in which you can help your body [and your mind] deal with stress in your life. Alcohol has a huge hold on many people, but you can overcome it. The hard part is dealing with the raw emotions and your inside gut “feelings” once you stop sedating them.
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