Dr. William McCarthy: Hi! I am Dr. William McCarthy of the Northern Virginia Area Bariatric Consultants Weight Loss Centre. Today I am telling you how to overcome weight loss challenges.
Now I'll discuss how alcohol can interfere with weight loss. First of all our goal is a healthier lifestyle. Excessive alcohol should not be part of that lifestyle, but alcohol is also a problem in trying to lose weight.
Alcohol has calories, and especially the mixtures that go along with the alcohol, but alcohol also can directly and indirectly interfere with one's metabolism and it can actually prevent weight loss.
Alcohol also makes us hungry. When we've had a few drinks we feel like we want to eat a little bit more, and it also interferes with decision-making.
When we are trying to lose weight and change your lifestyles we plan ahead, but unfortunately after a few drinks that planning seems to be forgotten, and what happens we continue to drink, we continue to eat and we don't make the right decisions.
So what do you do? Ideally when you are trying to lose weight, stop alcohol entirely. Okay, may be an occasional glass of wine. To maintain weight loss over a long period of time limit the alcohol, don't drink more than one or two drinks maximum and really try to avoid those drinks made out of sugary mixtures.
What do you do at a social event? In social events we may be expected to have a drink. We have to look like we're pleasing the host by having a drink in our hand. We also have a choice to either put water, soda water, or perhaps a diet tonic or diet soft drink in glass. So that's how alcohol can interfere with weight loss.