Is Drinking Alcohol Going to Make You Fat?

Is drinking alcohol going to make you fat?


This is a common question asked by persons who are on diet or are just cautious about their weight and the impact that drinking of alcohol will have on it. It is crucial that you understand the relationship between alcohol and body weight if you want to manage your weight. The issue with alcohol is that it contains a considerable amount of sugar and is also rich in calorie. When you take in sugar, your body will quickly convert it into fat. In most cases, the alcohol induced fat will cling to the belly, arms, thighs and other body parts. However, you should know that the common assumption that alcohol causes belly fat is wrong. This is dictated by the genetic makeup of an individual which varies from one person to another. It is this that will determine the body regions that are more prone to fat accumulation.

Generally, men tend to gain more weight in the abdomen area. This means that there is a high likelihood that alcohol will cause belly fat for the men. However, it is not any different from other fatty foods. Women on the other hand tend to accumulate fat in the pelvic area. Alcohol will therefore not cause fat accumulation in the belly region. However, it will still cause overall increase in weight due to fat accumulation in other regions of the body. Alcohol will make you less hungry because of its high concentration of sugar and calorie. It is therefore detrimental to weight loss. It will be a challenge to get a flat stomach or six pack abs if you drink too much alcohol because it requires that you have a low body fat percentage.

Alcohol can prevent you from losing weight because of the calories it possesses. Normally, when you consume calories, they are stored when the body detects a surplus. This is what happens when you drink alcohol. The body does not know what to do with the excess calories. The calories cannot be stored as energy and are instead converted into acetate. This remain in the blood stream. The acetate energy is used by the body before the other energy that was stored is used up. This means that you will be preventing your body from burning that fat that you want to get rid of. This reaction is important and affects your overall weight. If you drink too much alcohol, all the other efforts including changing your eating habits in order to lose weight will be in vain. It is highly recommended that you get a good diet plan, reduce your alcohol consumption and you will achieve your weight loss goals within no time. As much as it is fun to drink, always drink with moderation. Alcohol will only make you fat if you drink too much of it. If you are trying to shed off some of your body fat it is vital that you cut down on your alcohol intake. You can still enjoy yourself by having one or two drinks when you go out. This will be enough to ensure that your body fat is kept minimal.

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  • BuzzedAldrin May 18, 2015, 11:47 am

    If you’re a fan of hard liquors, it should be noted that gin, whiskey, and vodka are much lower in content to other drinks such as rum, and even some tequilas.

    A dieting drinker should of course be mixing with diet sodas (if sodas are used at all,) which is good practice for reducing the impact of a hangover if one goes a bit too far in the bottle than they intend. Aside from that, there are many sugar-free mixers and homemade mixers that spruce these drinkers up.

    For those times you just need a beer, Miller does have a low-calorie beer that should satisfy most drinkers. I personally prefer richer beer, but there are sacrifices to be made if the beer gut is to be disposed of.

    • Tipes August 21, 2015, 12:11 am

      So, does Sherry have high calorie then since its a sweeter alcoholic dink? Darn it, I love those rum! This was a really good article, it reminds me that I need to be aware of the effect on my body drinking cause. I’ve never though of mixing sodas into my drink…. does it make the taste weaker? By how much? Also, doesn’t sodas add unnecessary calories to the drink? Could we use something else, like fruit juice?

  • Cazala26 May 20, 2015, 5:16 pm

    As far as I know if weightloss is something you’re interested in stick well away from beer. Try gin or vodka with soda water and fresh lime for something different. I love red wine which is supposedly quite good but like everything it has to be in moderation.

  • BikBikeBikeBike May 23, 2015, 8:08 pm

    This blog hits the nail on the head regarding this, finally somewhere it’s explained properly.
    I always think of it as simple math. If you consume more calories then you burn that equals more weight. Less weight is from burning more calories then you consume.
    If I feel I will be enjoying a few extra drinks then I cut back on calorie rich foods like desert or sugar in my coffee.

  • Katie Bella May 26, 2015, 1:48 pm

    Anything if taken in excess is going to make you fat. Alcohol isn’t any different. I agree with all the points you made. And yes, I think in this case moderation is key to losing weight. As well as a realistic diet you can stick to, which can still include a little alcohol.

  • dawnolsen June 4, 2015, 1:26 am

    Excellent points! Alcohol can be very detrimental to a diet because it seems to be one of the things people dieting forget about. I have seen people go on very strict and helpful diets, but not see results the way they wanted because the went out drinking every single weekend. It does not matter how well you eat or exercise, if you drink too much alcohol that contains too much sugar and calories, your diet will be in vain. moderation is definitely the key. Cutting out alcohol completely is not exactly necessary. Simply cutting back your drinks and assessing the calorie amount in the drink will do.

  • denelizr July 9, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Yeah, when I saw the title I had to come check this out. My mother always tried to use that excuse of gaining weight to dissuade me from trying alcohol. I don’t drink just because I simply don’t want to, but I always wanted to know what in alcohol caused fat. Also, when it states about women gaining weight primarily in the pelvic region; does that have anything to do with muffin tops? Sounds like a silly question I know but I just wanted to know was there a correlation, because that’s where muffin tops are located.

  • Sara July 14, 2015, 3:21 pm

    I personally wouldn’t mind a little weight gain but we’re all ignoring the fact that exercising even as little as 30 minutes a day can balance any calories or fat issues, and I don’t know about you guys, but when I drink I move around a lot and stay active which prevents me from gaining weight.

  • jentyree July 31, 2015, 2:52 am

    Great way to explain it! I’m not a beer or wine drinker, but I do enjoy rum, tequila and vodka. LOL. Though they’re often mixed into other drinks. If I’m trying to diet or lose weight, I try not to drink at all as I know that it won’t help any.

  • Nina September 3, 2015, 2:51 pm

    Excellent points! It’s no different than anything else full of sugar and calories. I myself am a fan of beer over anything else. For me, it’s just drinking in moderation.

  • Gail September 18, 2015, 8:59 pm

    I think many of us have heard the phrase ‘empty calories’. That is pretty much the case with alcohol. I know that if you are following most any kind of reducing diet that alcohol is usually off limits. Being someone that enjoys wine and cocktails that just doesn’t fit with my lifestyle. I do try to be mindful of calories consumed when drinking and luckily I don’t enjoy sweet drinks so having a spirit such as vodka or gin with soda and lime works well for me. To lighten up calories from wine I sometimes add a shot of sparkling water to that as well. Mind you, I also have been known to consider any drink garnished with fruit or veggies a bonus of nutrition and a way to get my vitamins.

  • Bobbie October 12, 2015, 7:59 pm

    Using alcohol in moderation is always the best bet. Women have a lower tolerance for processing alcohol, which leaves us females in a bit of a dilemma when trying to keep up with the boys. When I’m out on the town, I stick to a vodka soda with lemon and have a glass of water between each drink. Another good drink I recently discovered is vodka soda with muddled lime and lemon. So tasty, and still as low in calories as you can possibly get.

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