8 Reasons Alcohol Makes You Fat

does alcohol make you fat

1. Alcohol makes your body produce more estrogen

Estrogen promotes fat storage and lowers your testosterone levels

2. Alcohol increases your appetite

The more you eat the fatter you get and alcohol only makes you want to eat more of these bad foods here and… That's why some restaurants offer you alcohol before a meal to get you to order more food.

3. Alcohol slows down your 'fat-burning' metabolism

Your liver has to convert the alcohol you drink into acetate and then the acetate becomes your body's main source of energy so instead of burning off ugly fat for energy… Acetate is now used meaning you do not burn any fat.

One study has already showed your body's ability to burn fat decreases up to 73% for a few hours after having a couple of drinks and other studies say drinking more than a couple of drinks can lower your fat burning ability for up to 4 days.

4. Alcohol increases cortisol

Cortisol is a bad hormone which helps you gain belly fat

5. Alcohol makes you tired

Drinking too much alcohol leads to dehydration causing fatigue which will make you not able to workout with enough intensity to lose weight.

The dehydration caused by alcohol can lead to wrinkles and dry skin

6. Alcohol is basically pure sugar

Alcohol is basically the refined juice of natural foods which makes it a drink of pure concentrated sugar that will make you gain fat easily.

7. Alcohol causes you to lose important 'weight loss' minerals

Alcohol causes you to lose minerals that are important for fat metabolism like magnesium, potassium, calcium & zinc

8. Alcohol decreases your motivation

Alcohol is a depressant that is already known to make cases of depression even worse so imagine what it will do to your renewed motivation to lose weight

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There are 29 comments

Well titos have no sugar and gluten free, so is it safe to drink this once a week?

May 13, 2018

Adrian Bryant

of course

May 15, 2018

Nina W.

I drink one Truly, (hard seltzers) about three times a week, and I wanted to know if you could tell me if they are bad to drink when you're trying to lose weight. They are 2 carbs a can, so they don't seem that bad, but I believe they have sugar alcohols and I have heard conflicting things about sugar alcohols. So, are they bad to drink or not? Thanks!

September 15, 2017

Adrian Bryant

see this because you can eat/drink anything you want as long as you track calories

September 17, 2017


If I drink one or two glasses of wine at an event this weekend, will this stop my weight loss. I have already dropped 4 sizes after giving birth and have been losing lbs. I just started working out twice a day for 5 days and once on Saturdays. If I do drink one day (on a weekend), will that hurt long term? (We do socialize a lot and throw a lot of parties).

September 26, 2013


Hi, I am 28, 5ft 9. I started a high intense work out routine. I work out 6 days per week. I started this about a month ago. I only eat about 1,000 cals per day I weigh 153 but I want to be about 143. I always look bloated in the lowe belly and I cant get the fat off my lower abs. Not to mention I dont look like I have lost anything this week despite my diet and 40min daily workouts. Whats going on pleasehelp.

August 06, 2012


The reason why your not loosing the weight now is your body has been taught (by you) that it needs to stre the calories you give it because your not getting enough to fuel a higly intense workout. YOu need to 1) eat better and 2) change your work out a bit. Your body has hit the glass cealing. Change things and break on through to the other side!

November 28, 2012


You are starving yourself. An inactive adult should go no lower than 1400 calories per day...an active person needs more than that. Your body is probably storing most of what you eat since it is starved, and feels it needs to keep as much as it can.

January 02, 2013


You really should be eating a few more calories each day. Your body typically needs at least 1500 per day to function and when you eat too few, your body goes into starvation mode and tries to hold on to as much as it can.

March 28, 2013


Your prob not doing the exersize right and Are slacking off. Plus. remember that spme people burn calories alot slower than others so you might be one of them, any way that doesnt exclude why your not seeing results. Also remember, the changes come slow but they are there, just give it time ;)

April 07, 2013


I am so glad I found this information... Thank you! I was 5'8 146 lbs. three years ago, working out and keeping track of calories, and wearing a size 4! Since then I have slacked, drank more alcohol, and gained so much weight. Your insight on alcohol is right-on. It's a one-two punch: the wine adds empty calories and leads to poor late-night eating. You holistic program here has motivated me to get back what I've lost and lose what I've gained :)

July 27, 2012


Hi i have a 6 pack fat belly so much i look like i am having a baby i do drink then hangover food .my sugar level is up i weight 90 kg am about to start a gym and cut out all sugar what else should i cut out and eat more of that is good for me .thank you from kat

June 21, 2012


Blah, blah. Give him a break. The majority of his info is correct and it works. Alcohol makes you gain weight. Period.

May 12, 2016


I suggest you understand the fermentation/distillation process before you make comments such as your Item 6
6. Alcohol is basically pure sugar
Alcohol is basically the refined juice of natural foods which makes it a drink of pure concentrated sugar that will make you gain fat
There are lots of alcoholic drinks which do not contain sugar due to the process of fermentation and distillation. Do not mislead people.

June 01, 2012

belinda barbaresca

Exactly. Thank you. Low carb diets allow vodka or other distilled alcohols if you have it with soda. As for wine- It always amuses me to see people who stuff their faces non stop with outsized portions of food blame their weight gain on wine. People who drink wine with their meal eat less, because they are satiated quicker. Also, a glass of wine at night is better than a chocolate bar. This whole frenzied culture of deprivation and compulsive exercising seven out of seven days is based on one fatal mistake: eating too much. cut the portions in half and you can enjoy a vodka or wine without turning into a boring diet-and-exercise bot

November 18, 2013


Blah, blah. Give him a break. The majority of his info is correct and it works. Alcohol makes you gain weight. Period.

May 12, 2016


Blah, blah. Give him a break. The majority of his info is correct and it works. Alcohol makes you gain weight. Period.

May 12, 2016


Hi guys,
My name is Dennis .Am actually 25yeasrs of age and 79 kg! its sucks! cause i was slim a little bit, but since i started drinking, am contentiously increasing weight day by day!
Gonna try the following techniques and see if it does really help.

March 23, 2012


i have been on a bit of mad few months drinking everyday and eating take away foods and now its taken its toll and have suffered with high cholestoral
i have cut all the drinking out and take away foods with an aim to lose weight

whilst doing that is it fine to drink the sparkling flavoured water or will i not lose weight??

also ive started eating fruit and fibre cereals and salads in the evening will this help??


March 09, 2012

Adrian Bryant

Yes, you cna drink the sparkling water to help you transition into drinking regualr water

March 09, 2012


im just wondering about alcohol and weight loss, i read 8 reasons why alcohol makes you fat, but i work as a nightclub manager and its part of my job to be social with the guests, can you recomend what kind of alcohol is the least harmful to weightloss?

February 07, 2012

Adrian Bryant

I don't think there is a least harmful alcohol. that's like asking me what's the least harmful candy bar.

Your best option is to try to limit your alcohol consumption as much as you can

February 07, 2012


You should still be able to drink Vodka i guess, its basically just liquid potatoes. Better yet, get water, it looks just like vodka onlly it's healthier :)

April 12, 2012


I love to drink maybe 4 beers every weekend. Can i keep doing this if i workout harder to compensate?

October 07, 2011

Adrian bryant

Just on the weekends may or may not hurt but if you're having trouble with your weight loss then alcohol should be the first thing to look at

October 07, 2011


I have tried so many other ways to loss weight. And wasted sooo much money! Thanks for breaking it down. Mostly thanks for sharing all this info for free!

September 22, 2011

barry farmer

Aye youre grand take yourself off to the bar and drink guinness, youll soon forget to eat and come home. you will fairly lose the weight then, the liquidised lunch is the best diet

February 01, 2017

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