FEWL regards alcohol as part of our lives, and our programs include alcohol with specific guidelines because alcohol is the second-most potent gateway trigger to regains and rebounds. NO other food choice has so much variability in how it affects one’s weight and cravings.
Between similar people, there can be a 7 x difference in weight-gain from one drink:
If two people of same size, age and gender each drink one serving of alcohol, one person can gain 7x more weight from that one drink than the other! This isn’t related to ‘calories’ from the out-dated science of last century, but to the combinations of the following:
- Fat Metabolism: a single serving of anyalcohol turns off fat metabolism for 1 – 8 hours after consuming, depending on the person. It’s hard to lose weight if you’ve turned off the system to lose fat tissue for 8 hours with each drink. This gets worse after age 40, when liver enzymes are in decline.
- Fat Hormones: Alcohol stimulates the release of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol directly increases belly fat AND cravings for salt and sugar. As well, alcohol also reduces testosterone levels, reducing muscle and slowing the metabolism.
- Appetite: Studies prove that drinking alcohol with meals (incidentally, the most common ‘drink-time’ reported by both men and women) increases the portions eaten considerably.
- Inflammation from Food Sensitivity: As you’ll learn more during your FEWL program, alcohol triggers some level of food sensitivity & inflammation in 80% of adults. Any level of food sensitivity results in:
· Poor gut health and increases in bacteria that cause weight gain,
· Fluid retention in the abdomen (up to 15# of added weight, just in water!),
· Increased inflammation and pain throughout the body
- Brain Health: After age 50, brain cells are more affected by alcohol – neurons lose speed and cognitive decline increase with alcohol consumption. Cognitive decline isn’t good at all, and it contributes to weight gain by increasing cravings and reducing mood.
These variables make it crucial to follow guidelines with alcohol consumption, included in your FEWL program.
However, you can navigate alcohol better by doing the following:
Use alcohol-resisting supplements to boost your body’s ‘resistance’ to alcohol effects:
- Fungus Killer
- Liver Detox
- Parasite Blaster
- Stops Cravings
- See how our FEWL client, Greg overcame his cravings for sugar and alcohol by using our products. Watch this short video.
· Connect with your FEWL coach often, to help you stay on track.
· Drink an equal amount of WATER with every alcohol serving to dilute the alcohol in the bowel,
· Ensure you’re doing ‘The Basics’ of your meal timing, meal ratios, and breakfast, which will maximize the efficiency of your weight-related hormones,
· Get active – doing some physical activity, like walking, within an hour of a drink makes a huge difference.
· BE REALISTIC: it’s proven that for maintaining weight, women should have fewer than 2 drinks / week, while men should have 3 or less. That’s less than most people think – so how realistic are you with alcohol choices during weight loss?
· If you really like alcohol, and you want to stay healthy or get healthier, check out Radical Freedom
Lastly, it’s important to know that any portion of any alcohol affects your body systems the same.
A 4oz glass of red wine is the same as 4oz of white wine, and these affect your weight exactly the same as 1oz of any hard spirits, which is the same as ANY bottle of beer or 1oz of any liqueur, like Bailey’s or schnapps – so don’t fool yourself that one’s better than another. ALL alcohol choices effect the regain / rebound potential the same.