Alcohol is a potent source of calories for your body. One standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol, which is equivalent to 70 calories. That means that five standard drinks are equal to an extra meal! However, alcohol is also a stimulant, which can lead to poor food choices. Additionally, alcohol is nutritionally empty, meaning that it provides no essential nutrients.

When you drink alcohol, your liver breaks it down into a sugar by-product. This sugar is then used as an energy source, which means that your body will not burn fat for energy. This can lead to weight gain, even if you are eating a healthy diet.

It takes about 20 minutes of brisk walking to burn off the calories in one standard drink. However, exercise is not recommended as a way to compensate for the empty calories in alcohol. Instead, it is best to avoid alcohol altogether while you are trying to lose weight.

We recommend that you avoid alcohol for the first 30 days of your weight loss program. This will give your body a chance to adjust to the changes you are making and make it easier to reach your goals.