The kids are in school and fall is right around the corner. You know what this means- temperature drops, staying indoors & more baking. Or does it?
Instead of doing what we’ve always done, and getting the results we’ve always gotten, it’s time to make a different choice this fall and winter. To decide in favor of our health instead of against it. To surprise ourselves with how healthy we can look and feel, and how good our lives can be.
Maybe this is the perfect time to move yourself from the back burner to the front. You’ve pushed your needs and your niggling health issues aside to focus on taking care of the people important to you. Now it’s time to cease being in denial and face what is going on in your body and your mind. If weight gain has been a feature of the coronavirus quarantine, now is the time to take control and reclaim your body’s composition, immunity, and vitality.
Jamie Foxx’s song “Blame it” encourages blaming alcohol for all ruined relationships, unsafe situations, and perceived enhancement of other’s attractiveness. Outside of the many issues and poor decisions can that can result from a night of boozing, including a high credit card bill, higher risk for accidents, and even a 2am Taco Bell run…there are more. During Covid-19, some are hitting the wine and beer harder.
Let’s review the basics: alcohol interferes with communication between nerve cells and all other cells in the body. Moderation (the amount considered to not contribute to any major health concerns) for the average woman is defined by the CDC as not more than one drink per day and for the average man as not having more than two.
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asserts, “there has been an increase in the proportion of US adults who drink on any given day and an increase in calories consumed from alcoholic beverages when drinking occurs.”
What effect is this having on us from a weight loss perspective? Or a liver-health one?
Now we appreciate the humor some of you bring to our appointments:
“I think I’m drinking enough water. There’s water in beer, right?”
“I’m not too concerned. It’s called a liver, not a die-er”
“Wine-o? Maybe; I prefer ‘wine-yes'”
With alcoholic beverages being among the top five contributors to total caloric intake among US adults, this is something we need to talk about. But beyond calories, here are more reasons to explore your relationship with alcohol:
When Good Day Columbus contacted us about how to beat belly fat, we knew this was a golden opportunity to assist people in getting ready for spring. Check out the link here for the segment and onto for the bonus section.
5 Foods to Beat Belly Fat:
1. Chili Peppers – capsaicin boosts metabolism and gives the peppers their kick; it’s a great source of vitamin C and is delicious raw, cooked, or powdered in a variety of dishes
2. Kale – as a nutrient-dense green, it offers plenty of vitamins and minerals which are essential in the fat-burning process; it has the added benefit of having fiber which helps with satiety
3. Green Tea – a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who drank 4 cups a day had an average weight loss of 6lbs over the course of 8 weeks. It may be worth having a few cups throughout the day!
4. Coconut Oil – not all fats are created equal; coconut oil has medium-chain triglycerides that can help boost thermogenesis (i.e. fat-burning)
5. Cauliflower – contains phyto-nutrient sulforaphane which can stimulate a pathway to reduce fat cells
Remember, some of these foods can help boost your metabolism and others help support the process, but none of them can work their magic outside of a generally healthy diet. Also, it’s important to avoid foods that can lead to excess belly fat, including: trans-fats/partially-hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, processed foods, refined grains and oils, as well as alcohol.