Thursday, January 08, 2009

Nutrition Tip of the Day

Consider Alcohol:

Top tip for today is to consider alcohol, consider the alcohol units, consider the calories and then consider how many units you drink a day, a week. One glass of wine isn’t going to harm you. However, excessive alcohol consumption is not only bad for your health but it can also be disastrous for waistline.

14 units per week, is the medically recommended alcohol level for women. 21 units of alcohol is the maximum level of medically recommended units per week for men. 1 unit of alcohol is the equivalent of a small glass of wine that’s a 125ml glass, a shot of spirits and half a glass of beer.

In terms of calories for example, 1g of alcohol contains 7 calories while 1g of carbohydrate contains 4 calories. As a result alcohol can be very calorie dense with nearly no nutrient benefit. There are many added sugars in alcohol, cocktails are loaded with sugar, spirit mixers, both wine, cider and beer can contain some natural occurring sugar due to what it is made of.

Finally alcohol can disrupt the homeostasis in our body, disrupting hormone pathways, disrupting nutrient absorption which, can have a negative affect on how we metabolise some macronutrients encouraging them to stored as fat on our bodies.

Small changes such as drinking water with you meal instead of wine will help. When you are out drinking with friends consider alternating your drinks with water. You could also consider giving yourself a break, an alcohol free weekend and cleanse your liver.

Today is an active rest day. Let your body recuperate from the past workouts with a walk or hike in a nearby park or around your local borough.

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