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article imageStudy pins weight gain to drinking, ignores many other factors

By W. Mark Dendy     Aug 13, 2013 in Health
A recent study published in the May issue of the peer-reviewed American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that men that drink a moderate amount of alcohol tend to consume more than 400 extra calories on the days they drink.
Women fared a little better, taking in about 100 fewer calories than men.
The study used information gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The data was that of 1,864 participants, most of which claimed moderate drinking habits.
But the new findings don’t coincide with several previous studies. The Aug. 13 Wall Street Journal reports that other studies have found that “moderate drinkers gain less weight over time than either heavy drinkers or people who abstain from alcohol, particularly women.”
Moderate drinking is defined as two drinks for men, one for women. The difference is due to the way men and women metabolize alcohol.
You’ve heard the phrase “alcohol has empty calories?” Calories obtained from the consumption of alcohol have little or no nutritional value, and according to a report by the BBC, these calories are often ignored by dieters.
The World Cancer Fund says that roughly 10 percent of all calories in the diet of those that drink come from alcohol. The next time you are dying to indulge, use this handy alcohol calorie counter to find out how many extra empty calories are in that drink.
The bottom line according to this latest study: Drink moderately, and you will gain weight.
But many variables were ignored in this latest study on diet and alcohol consumption – food choices, health factors, exercise, etc. which leads to many unanswered questions. The extra weight gained could be from poor food choices, more snacking, a number of factors.
It is safe to say, however, that if you choose to drink, at the very least those “empty calories” are going to add to weight gain without building any muscle. The end result, you will gain weight and increase your BMI unless you have a way to work it off!
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