TRACKING ALCOHOL AND MACROS

Is it possible to lose body fat and still have a drink? Can you track alcohol?

The beauty of flexible dieting and tracking macros is that it is inclusive of things that you enjoy eating and drinking and YES that includes alcohol. *cheers πŸ₯‚*
But like everything we do in life there are pro's and cons and you have to do some checks and balances.
🧐 Just because we can do stuff doesn't always mean we should.

We know that when it comes to losing body fat there need to be caloric deficit and just like protein, carbs and fat, alcohol also has calories.
Technically alcohol is the β€œ4th macronutrient” and is 7 k/cal per gram but unlike the other macros has no nutritional value (vitamins, minerals, fiber).
To be able to track the calories from alcohol you can take the total calories and use it a substitute for carbs, fat, or a mix of both.
(πŸ‘‹πŸΌsee the handy chart I made).

Things to consider if you get your drink on: 🍹1. Calories from alcoholic drinks add up quickly, especially when you have mixed, fruity drinks. 🍾2. Alcohol is preferentially metabolized because your body sees it as a toxin. So let's say you eat food and drink alcohol, the calories consumed from food (while drinking) will be stored since your body is busy metabolizing the energy provided by the alcohol. So there's more opportunity for fat storage. πŸ₯ƒ3. Protein synthesis is blunted and so is your bodies ability to build muscle and fully recover while it processing the alcohol. 🍷4. Drinking can and usually does reduce our inhibitions thereby allowing us to make less calculated decisions about food intake. You know what I am talking about!? 😎😏How much better does fried food taste when your buzzed.. REAL GUUUD?! Lets also take into account of not feeling so hot the next day which may lead to not going to the gym etc...  In summary there are times when you may need to reduce or eliminate drinking for a while to achieve your goals.  If you feel like its just not something you can do away with entirely but you still have  #goals - try sticking something more simple like a vodka soda with lemon or lime, a glass of wine, diet tonic and gin (p.s. diet tonic tastes the exact SAME).  At the end of the day know thyself when it comes to these situations. Drinking can be a slippery slope.

Things to consider if you get your drink on:
🍹1. Calories from alcoholic drinks add up quickly, especially when you have mixed, fruity drinks.
🍾2. Alcohol is preferentially metabolized because your body sees it as a toxin. So let's say you eat food and drink alcohol, the calories consumed from food (while drinking) will be stored since your body is busy metabolizing the energy provided by the alcohol. So there's more opportunity for fat storage.
πŸ₯ƒ3. Protein synthesis is blunted and so is your bodies ability to build muscle and fully recover while it processing the alcohol.
🍷4. Drinking can and usually does reduce our inhibitions thereby allowing us to make less calculated decisions about food intake. You know what I am talking about!?
😎😏How much better does fried food taste when your buzzed.. REAL GUUUD?!
Lets also take into account of not feeling so hot the next day which may lead to not going to the gym etc...

In summary there are times when you may need to reduce or eliminate drinking for a while to achieve your goals.

If you feel like its just not something you can do away with entirely but you still have #goals- try sticking something more simple like a vodka soda with lemon or lime, a glass of wine, diet tonic and gin (p.s. diet tonic tastes the exact SAME).

At the end of the day know thyself when it comes to these situations. Drinking can be a slippery slope.