HEADLINES Published March8, 2016 By Annie D.

Night Outs Make Losing Weight Nearly Impossible

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Alcohol is the bane to your weight loss journey so beware of all the night outs you're having. No matter if you choose a low calorie version, drinking alcohol will just make losing weight difficult. 

According to a Medical Daily alcohol drinks are high in empty calories without any nutritional value.  Even if they choose a skinny cocktail, or those with lower calories, the alcohol drink can still impede on the weight loss progress. Some say that because it has no nutritional value, eating a cheeseburger just might be better than drinking alcohol. At least the cheeseburger will have some proteins and fats that your body needs. With alcohol, you are likely to end up with the same amount of calories anyway, if not more. Alcohol's empty calories can make it easy for you to over drink and consume more calories than you thought you would. 

According to Marc Perry, the CEO of Built Lean, alcoholic drinks make it harder to lose weight because it negatively affects the body's ability to burn fat. This is supported by a 1999 study prepared by the Universities of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. The early study found that liver can quickly convert alcohol into acetate and then release this to the bloodstream. Acetate is the chemical found in vinegar and is known to slows down one's metabolism. 

"Drinking presses 'pause' on your metabolism, shoves away the other calories, and says, 'break me down first!'" Dr. Pamela M. Peeke also shared to Health Magazine."Research has uncovered that alcohol especially decreases fat burn in the belly."

Some experts however, have released some tips on you can still drink without gaining a lot of weight. One of these tips is to eat whenever you drink. Just choose foods that can provide long-lasting energy. Not eating to save room for drinks can backfire. Majority of the drinks are loaded with simple carbohydrates, "so during a night of drinking, people end up with soaring blood sugar, followed by a 'crash' that leaves them ravenous," says Jason Burke, MD, an anesthesiologist and hangover researcher. 

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