We all now and again engage in a little alcohol use, parties, summertime at the lake, weddings, etc. In fact it is the one thing that holds people back the most from their body fat goals. Let's take a look on how it affects your body on a physiological level. Please do not hate me after you read this :)
First off, when it comes to macro nutrients you have carbohydrates, protein and fats. All these have their functions in the human body. Alcohol is what we call empty calories in the fitness world. The calories consumed by alcohol have no use in the body, no matter what your head says. ;)
Although alcohol at 7 calories per gram, have 2 less calories than fat at 9 calories per gram, you must remember that alcohol lack the nutrient benefits for a thriving metabolism. In other words, it slows it down drastically. Lets not forget the mixed cocktails, now you are adding sugar and extra carbohydrates to the mix with your very sugary margarita. Have you slammed the computer against the wall yet?
Now when your body detects toxins in your body it will first go thru the liver to leave the body. When you burn off fat in your body it must also be released thru glycogen in the liver. Let me ask you this question, if your body has toxins in your system, which do you think it will get rid of first, fat or alcohol? correct! alcohol. The remnants of alcohol, even though you may not feel the affects, can remain in your body for up to 48 hours. This means if you are working out with the remnants of alcohol in your system, your body will first get rid of the toxins (alcohol) before getting rid of fat. Why do you think so many college kids get the :freshman 15"?
When it comes to losing fat, alcohol is not optimal to help you to your goal. Now i realize that events happen and the occasion will come up that will allow you to obtain a cocktail or two. But eliminating this from the diet completely, allows you to burn fat quicker and allow you on the path to the beach body you have always wanted!