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Can I lose weight and drink alcohol?

If you like to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the end of your day but are not sure how alcohol affects weight loss, I will tell you it can hinder it. Alcohol has little or no nutritional value in it. It's basically empty calories. Now I love a glass of wine at the end of the day but I also know it has to be limited and I'm not trying to "lose" weight, I am at a maintaining stage. Unfortunately, when you're trying to lose weight, alcohol is the enemy.

As I already said, alcohol is really just a ton of empty calories. Alcohol affects your hormones, promotes fat storage, and decreases muscle growth. It doesn't sound like alcohol is on our side! Nobody needs help getting our hormones out of wack and who wants to store fat? Aren't we trying to get rid of it?! All the hard work towards making those muscles strong gets thrown out the window. It can affect your actions and your emotions. First you're meeting some friends for a drink and then you find yourself out later than planned and end up eating some greasy meal at 1am. You've just blown your calories, your workout and probably not going to feel so great the next day.

If you are going to drink while trying to lose weight, I recommend limiting it to only 2 or 3 nights a week and to one drink. That doesn't mean a drink made in a 20 ounce glass! Tho