Obesity is the scourge of the new millennium, not just a medical problem, but a social one that requires correction. In order to get rid of obesity, each person tries to choose a way that suits him or her and satisfies his or her individual eating habits. One of these ways is a pathological condition called drancorexia. The essence: replacing food with alcohol. This gives results because it burns fat and allows you to lose up to 7 kg per week. You will learn about what the so-called alcoholic diet is, how it affects human health, from the article.
- Wine and other alcoholic beverages.
- Two options for an alcoholic diet.
- The three “buts” of alcoholic weight loss.
Wine and other spirits
Many people know that dry red wine has very few calories. Therefore, losing weight on the basis of a diet that includes it does not seem unreasonable. It seems that everything is simple: you replace the meal with a glass of wine and lose extra pounds. But this is only an illusion or delusion. Wine, in fact, helps to break down fat, turning it into energy, rather than depositing it in the flanks. But only in a limited amount and with a pedantic calculation of the calories consumed.
In order for fat not to be absorbed in the digestive tract but to transit through it, pathological changes in the digestive tube are needed. This disorder of the gastrointestinal tract can be due to disease, is harmful to health and does not involve any extravagant diets. What does this have to do with alcohol? Alcohol helps not only to break down fat, but also to dispose of it. It turns out that alcohol promotes fat assimilation, not weight loss. And so, with minimal movement and overeating, no wine, whiskey, cognac will help, but only provoke obesity.
Two variants of the alcohol diet
Nevertheless, there are two variants of the alcohol diet – regular and hard – which give results in weight loss and therefore are quite popular.The first option suggests that you can eat everything, excluding heavy, fatty foods, fast food, sweets, pastries with margarine and cream, fatty sauces. The second involves restricting calories to 1,000 kcal per day, avoiding salt, and minimizing portion sizes with split meals. For example:
- breakfast – tomato and egg;
- apple for lunch;
- lunch – 200 g of low-fat cottage cheese with a cucumber;
- dinner – a glass of wine.
When you calculate it, you won’t even get 1,000 kcal. Plus two liters of water (40 ml per 1 kg of weight), which is non-caloric a priori. After such a diet for a week, a person gets dehydration and problems with the nervous system, which suffers from the lack of sodium, but it is guaranteed to lose several kilograms. If there is a tendency to pastose, the weight loss will be greater.
Alcoholic diet for those who want to lose weight does not activate the metabolism, does not accelerate metabolic processes, but responds to an artificial hunger strike by inhibition of all biochemical processes in the body. This is where the hormone leptin comes into play, which says – stop, acute lack of energy, you must urgently start eating everything. And a compensatory restoration begins, and then excessive weight gain. In other words, a thoughtless desire to lose weight provokes the opposite effect.
Three “buts” of alcoholic weight loss
In order for a diet using low-calorie wine to achieve the goal and not damage your health, you need to remember the three “buts” of such a diet:
- Hunger is at the top of the list. Any alcoholic drink activates the appetite by stimulating the pancreas, which secretes digestive enzymes. Only an alcoholic, whose addiction to alcohol overrides all other senses, including sanity, can have no desire to eat after a drink. Low calorie acts like a glass of dry and always stimulates the appetite. With the hard option, there is a combination of the effects of alcohol and the minimum of calories. This is the hardest option to lose weight.
- Digestive tract conditions. A glass of wine a day for a week is not enough to become addicted to alcohol. But you can ruin your stomach quite easily. By replacing dinner with alcohol, a person provokes the active secretion of digestive juice, which, not having a substrate for digestion (food lump), begins to digest its own mucosa. As a result, an alcoholic diet virtually guarantees gastritis, and in the worst case, an ulcer.
- Contraindications. This is very important for those who are ready to do anything for the sake of losing weight fast. Does the goal justify the means? But in the end you can remain a weight loss hypertensive, get diseases of the digestive system, GI disease, neurological and psychiatric problems. It is all the more dangerous to trust the alcoholic diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is also contraindicated for children, teenagers, if there is a tendency to depend on alcohol or inherited predisposition to it, in the presence of chronic somatic pathologies.
To put it quite simply, an alcoholic diet can only be acceptable for a perfectly healthy person with no tendency to depend on alcoholic beverages.
So, the first conclusion should be that alcohol is not able to burn fat. Lose weight by replacing meals with alcohol will not work, unless you limit the total caloric content of the diet and forget about physical activity. The second conclusion is a reminder that the basis of weight loss with an alcoholic diet is dehydration, and this threatens serious health complications. The third conclusion is that there are many other milder and more effective, safe for health diets. Yes, they work slower, but they keep people healthy. And the choice, as always, is up to the individual.