If you're in the habit of rewarding yourself with a treat after a week of healthy eating, then you need to be very careful about the choices you make.
While a small bar of chocolate is unlikely to undo all your good work, the same can't be said for alcohol.
The effect alcohol can have on your body is not what you're looking for when you're truly trying to tone up and trim down.
As we all know, one small glass of wine can often lead to a couple more and before you know it, you find yourself snacking on salty treats with your weekly wine.
Here are just five top reasons alcohol is best avoided if you're serious about your new nutrition plan.
1. Empty calories
While other food and drink provides you with essential minerals and calories your body needs in order to function properly, alcohol does not do that.
Because we can't store these empty calories, our bodies work overtime to get rid of them thereby interrupting the all-important fat-burning process.
2. Slows metabolism
At this stage we all know that in order to lose weight, we need to speed up our metabolism.
Alcohol, unfortunately, has the opposite effect and by slowing down our metabolism by a whopping 70%, it decreases our ability to lose weight and burn fat.
3. Increase appetite
When you drink alcohol, your appetite increases, but unfortunately it's not apples and carrot sticks you find yourself reaching for, is it?!
If you know salty treats and takeaways go hand-in-hand with a few glasses of wine, then it's high-time you cut it out before it completely sabotages your weight loss plans.
4. Reduced motivation
How likely is it you will make your morning spin class or weekend jog if you're suffering after a few glasses of wine?
Any intentions you have of sticking to your exercise regime are often hindered by alcohol consumption.
5. Causes dehydration
By causing dehydration, alcohol results in water loss.
When your body loses water, it also loses essential vitamins and minerals which are needed for your body's proper functioning.
If you're really serious about shedding lbs or dropping a dress size, ditching the booze for a few weeks will work wonders.
If you don't believe us, just give it a try and see the difference it makes!