Grab a bottle of Vodka cause this study is going to make you want to do shots!
For decades, alcohol has gained a bad rep, especially within the health-conscious portion of the global population. Perhaps it’s due to multiple evidence pointing out to various health problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption such as heart diseases, liver and lung diseases and weight gain.
However, a 2010 study from Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that drinking alcohol can actually help you lose weight.
The study reported that women who were regular moderate drinkers (take note of the word moderate) or those who drank 1-2 glasses of alcohol a day, were less likely to gain weight than those who do not drink alcohol at all.
When we drink alcohol, the process goes like this: alcohol itself is absorbed into the bloodstream, which is to blame if you decide to call up your ex. Meanwhile, all the other ingredients in your drink (and the food you ate) such as carbs and sugar go the traditional digestive route, potentially messing up your internal fat incinerator. Thus, the fat is stored within your body.
Contesting general knowledge about alcohol and how it is burned by the body and whatever is left is converted to fat, the study argues that the body could be “trained” to handle moderate amounts.
Say you drink a glass of martini or wine every day. Your body then recognizes this and reacts accordingly to metabolize the booze. However, people who only drink alcohol once in a blue moon are less likely to get the same effect, since their bodies do not recognize what they have consumed. As a result, the alcohol that they consumed is converted into fat.
“Your body adjusts metabolically to the amount you drink, and when you don’t drink regularly, your body can’t adjust,” said Dr. Lu Wang, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and medicine instructor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Robert Klesges, M.D., Ph.D. of the Univeristy of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, added that moderate drinkers also tend to be better at consuming food moderately.
“These women know how to moderate how much they drink, so it makes sense that they’d moderate what they eat as well,” he said.
So what’s the takeaway from this study? Alcohol in moderation is good for you. Plus, moderate drinking means no drunk-texting (sometimes).