How You Can Benefit By Cutting Out Alcohol

by Adam on October 19, 2012

Recently there have been quite a few studies that have come out and shown the possible benefits of drinking one glass of wine per day, but those who are serious about their weight loss know that alcohol can hinder your physical goals. Although alcohol can be a way to relax after a rough day, it carries it with a large amount of empty calories.

One of the easiest ways to give your weight loss an extra boost is to curb your alcohol intake. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, so let’s say you have one beer a day – you are consuming 17,000 extra calories in one year. Those calories are all empty calories – providing no nutritional benefits. Not only does alcohol have a lot of calories it also tends to increase your appetite and reduce your will-power and who wants those two things together can be disastrous.

It can be difficult to cut out alcohol all together, especially in social situations, but there are options out there for alcohol substitutes that will help you feel less deprived. When you are out, most bars have non-alcoholic cocktails – which allows you to enjoy a fancy drink without the alcohol content. Most local grocery stores also stock a range of non-alcoholic wines and other alternatives like Sparkling Ciders. You can also find great recipes online for mixed fruit drinks, which can be fun to make and drink and are healthy. Alcohol substitutes for drinking can be easy to find and can help you get over the first few humps when eliminating alcohol all together.

Alcohol can also be found in a lot of recipes which can add extra calories. There are a lot of ways to eliminate the alcohol in your recipes, while still getting the same taste benefits of the alcohol. Below is a quick list of substitution ideas for when you are cooking.

-Beer or Ale

Substitute – General

Chicken broth, white grape juice, or ginger ale

-Bourbon

Substitute – General

Non-alcoholic vanilla extract. Champagne and other sparkling wines: Sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; or sparkling grape juice.

-Brandy

Substitute – General

Raspberry extract, brandy extract

-Rum

Substitute – General

Non-alcoholic vanilla or rum extract; Pineapple juice or syrup flavored with almond extract.

-Sherry

Substitute – General

Apple cider; non-alcoholic vanilla extract; coffee; or coffee syrup.

-Red Wine

Substitute – General

Note: add water, white grape juice, apple juice, or broth, if necessary, to get the specified amount of liquid called for in the recipe. Grape juice; vegetable stock; cranberry juice; tomato juice; or concord grape jelly.

-White Wine

Substitute – General

White grape juice; apple cider; apple juice; vegetable stock; or water, ver jus

By using the substitutes above, you can create recipes that are healthier and contain less calories than the original recipes. Alcohol substitutes in baking are usually very easy to find and you will notice very little difference, if any difference at all in the final result of the recipes.

Although studies have shown that a glass of red wine can benefit your body in a variety of ways, there is more to the story than that. Alcohol does not only have adverse affects on your weight loss and fitness goals, it can also affect your body’s ability to function properly. Drinking alcohol can put a strain on your liver and pancreas. Eliminating alcohol can also reduce your risk of stroke, dementia, potential neurological problems, cardiovascular disease and a variety of cancers. Alcohol can also cause a serious whack when too much is consumed. Studies have shown that there is up to a 44% decrease in testosterone after 5 drinks.

Cutting down or eliminating alcohol does not have to be complicated and you do not have to suffer from deprivation. There are a lot of substitutes out there that will make you feel like you are drinking a special drink and will allow you to still enjoy going to the bars with friends. As you begin to eliminate alcohol you will notice immediate results in your body weight and fitness activities. Maybe you were having problems reaching your final weight goal, or eliminating the fat around your center. Cutting out alcohol will greatly enhance your ability to meet these goals. If will help you feel better and your body will function more properly.

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