Want to lose weight? I will drink to that!
By A. Minocha MD, author: Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System
According to Dennis and colleagues, evidence indicates that increased intake of water and other energy-free beverages may help you accomplish your goal of weight management. Although calorie-dense beverages acutely increase caloric consumption, jury is still out on their long term impact on body weight.
Some people avoid alcohol in order to avoid the calories that come with it. Now comes a study debunking this myth about alcohol and weight gain, at least to a limit.
Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol are unlikely to gain as much weight in midlife as compared to women who abstain from alcohol. Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston based their conclusions on analysis of data from 19,220 women enrolled in a long-standing Study. Comparison with women who do not drink revealed that those who imbibed 1.5 to 3 alcoholic drinks daily had a significantly reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese.
This study should not be interpreted as a blank check for the nearest bottle. While moderate drinking is good for heart as well, its risks for health otherwise would not be forgotten, e.g. liver, cancer etc. And of course it has potential to affect social life so drink responsibly! Because of biological differences, the generally acceptable healthy limit for women is one drink per day as compared to two drinks per day for men.
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