Choosing Alcohol over Food to Lose Weight

Choosing Alcohol over Food to Lose WeightIn our weight-obsessed culture it should not be surprising that some people will try anything to shed a few pounds. Choosing alcohol over food to lose weight is a risky idea. Not only is it one of the least effective weight loss plans but it also carries with it the very real risk of the development of alcohol dependency disorder or alcoholism.

How Alcohol Works in the Body and Mind

When a person consumes alcohol, his or her body turns it into increased dopamine levels in the brain. In small quantities this may only lead to a mild feeling of wellness or relaxation, but higher amounts cause a wide range of physical and psychological responses such as the following:

  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Impaired judgment and decision making skills
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Overconfidence
  • Euphoria
  • Blocking of physical and psychological pain or distress
  • Slowing of a variety of biological functions

The effects of alcohol happen quicker and more intensely on an empty stomach. While choosing a drink over a meal may help reduce caloric intake in the short-term, it may also trigger a level of psychological relief that the brain will find appealing. Psychological addiction can affect a person even if he or she only has one drink per day or only overindulges on certain occasions. As the body develops a tolerance to alcohol, the drinker will need larger and larger quantities to feel the desired effects.

Alcohol and Weight Loss

Even small amounts of alcohol are not recommended for people trying to lose weight. In addition to the potentially high caloric count, alcohol can lead to decreased physical activity and increased emotional upset. Choosing alcohol over food to lose weight is counterproductive.

Healthy Self-Esteem, Weight Loss, Addiction and Psychological Wellness

Concerns about weight often involve emotional feelings about happiness, depression, determination, frustration, self-respect and despair. Alcohol has the ability to block feelings, allowing drinkers to put off addressing emotions. This is not a long-term solution to any emotional concern. The most reliable path to lasting weight loss is to take in fewer and higher quality calories and to burn them by exercising more. Choosing alcohol over food may or may not work in the short-term, but in the long-term it causes more problems than it fixes.

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If you have been choosing alcohol over food to lose weight, please call our toll-free helpline. We can help you find the resources that can provide lasting solutions for your health. We can connect you with the best professionals for your exact needs. Call our toll-free helpline today.