Don’t Want a Beer Belly? How to Stop Gaining Weight From Alcohol

Drinking alcohol is one of those vices many just can’t give up — even in an effort to lose weight. Alcohol is more calorie-dense than most other drinks, which can start to add up when you’re out having a good time with friends.

If you’re serious about losing weight, avoiding alcohol as much as possible is one way to start shedding pounds. However, you can still enjoy a few drinks without gaining any weight at all. These tips will help you avoid a beer belly without cutting alcohol completely out of your meal plan.

1. Eat before you drink

Eat before you drink alcohol to avoid weight gain.

Eat plenty of protein before you go out drinking. | iStock.com/Elenathewise

Alcohol gets a bad rap, not because of its calorie content, but because it negatively impacts how much fat your body is burning. When alcohol intake slows down fat burning, we can’t break down the fats in other foods we consume as easily. Not only this, but alcohol decreases the amount of leptin we have in our system. According to research, leptin is a hormone responsible for controlling weight and metabolism. Eating before you drink can activate the release of this hormone before you get any alcohol into your system.

Don’t reach for foods high in fat, though. Snack on some protein before you go out, or eat a high-protein meal before relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine.

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