Good question. Is booze making you fat? Not necessarily

on 17/10/14 at 4:49 pm

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indexDespite its reputation for unhealthiness, the link between alcohol and weight gain is far from certain, writes Ross Edgley.

For years alcohol has been portrayed as your waistline’s arch enemy. Considering it’s a close second to dietary fat in terms of its calorie density — roughly seven calories per gram — it’s easy to see why. But alcoholic drinks come in many different forms and each has a different physiological impact on the body that’s far more complex than simply counting the calories on the bottle.

Which is why — contrary to mainstream calorie-themed dogma — there are studies out there that suggest moderate alcohol consumption and fat loss are not mutually exclusive. It may sound surprising, but you really can lose weight while continuing to consume alcohol.

Now, before I continue, a quick disclaimer: we really are talking about moderate alcohol consumption, defined by the ational Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as “1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.” Excessive intake has been consistently linked with all kinds of grisly health issues, and is obviously to be avoided. My point is not that you’re free to binge drink to your heart’s content — you’re not, and your heart really wouldn’t thank you anyway — but that, if treated correctly, that bottle of gin or six-pack of ale in your cupboard shouldn’t be as feared as first thought.

So, why does alcohol get such bad press?

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