How Alcohol Affects the Liver & Body to limit your Weight Loss! (+STOPS FAT LOSS!)

-Do you really want to know
why you can’t lose weight when you drink alcohol? Stay tuned. I’ll tell you all about it. OK. Welcome back. Thanks for hanging in. My name is Mark Dressen. You’re watching MDTV. I’m a personal trainer
and a sports scientist, and my role is to educate people
about food, nutrition, fitness, and all these things, which
are connected to your health. And today we’re talking about
a rather serious sort of topic, and that is alcohol. And I’m going to tell you
a bit later in the video, very shortly, about why
alcohol inhibits your fat loss and why you’re not able to lose
weight while you drink alcohol. My top five in a minute. So I just want to talk
about alcohol in itself. I’m going to give you
a couple of facts, which I find it rather
fascinating and interesting. And the first one is that
the World Health Organization actually classifies
alcohol as a drug. And that means that alcohol
itself is, in the world, the biggest legalized drug,
which is pretty, actually really sad when
you think about it. Also why is it a drug? Because you can get addicted. Then as you’re
addicted to that drug, you need to go to
a 12-step program or any sort of similar
program to get rid of it. So it’s not a good thing. What else about alcohol? How is alcohol measured? It’s measured in units,
so one unit of alcohol equals to 10 milliliters
or 8 grams of pure alcohol. And so what does that mean? That means, for
example, a pint of beer has around three
units of alcohol and holds a caloric value or has
around, I think, 180 calories. Now red wine, for example,
a big glass of red wine, so 250 milliliters of red
wine, has around three, sometimes even four
units of alcohol, and has a higher caloric
value around 220 calories. It depends, obviously, on
which beer and which wine you’re drinking, but just
use that as a rule of thumb. The other thing, which I think
is quite interesting or good to know, is how your body
metabolizes, or at which rate your body metabolizes
alcohol, and that is at one unit per hour,
which means you basically, if you drink a
pint of beer, which has three units of
alcohol, means it takes you three hours to get rid of that
alcohol totally in your body. But what that implies
and what the effects are, I’m going to talk
about a bit later. How does your body
metabolize alcohol, or how does it get rid of it? There are a couple of ways. One is breathing. The other one is urine. It could be your sweat,
but most of the time it’s metabolized or
broken down in your liver. And what the effects
are for that, I’m going to talk about
in a second as well. And the last one is the
guidelines in the UK for what they
recommend of how much you should be drinking
on a daily basis is for a male between
three to four units, and for a woman,
two to three units. Which if you ask
me as a trainer, I would still say
that’s too much. So why can’t you lose weight
while you drink alcohol, and how does alcohol affect
your weight loss in general? Here are my top five. So number one is that
alcohol itself carries a caloric value, which
means one gram of alcohol has seven calories. So if you’re on a calorie diet,
if you count your calories, means that whatever amount
of alcohol you drink, you will need to add into
your calorie account. So just to compare,
carbohydrates and protein have around four
calories a gram, and fat has nine
calories a gram. So alcohol has seven. It’s somewhere in
the middle, so it has a bit more than your
normal pizza and the carbs you’re eating. So that’s something
you need to consider. And that affects your weight
loss, because most of the time, I think 90% of people who
were asked how much calories your beer has, have no idea. So beer has around 150, a
pint of beer, 150 calories, and a glass of wine,
a big glass of wine has around 200 to 220 calories. So this is something
you need to consider while you drink alcohol. Number two, and this is, I
think, the most important bit. I really want you to
understand this point, so make sure you pay attention. Another wink here. So alcohol has no
nutritional value, which means your body
cannot use it at all. So the first thing your body
wants to do is get rid of it. Because it has no nutritional
value means also your body cannot store it. So what happens? As you drink alcohol,
it’s getting broken down by your liver, and now,
let’s think about the liver, and this is the important
bit I want you to get, because you’re going
to realize in a second. Now your liver breaks
down the alcohol, metabolizes it on a basis
of one unit per hour, breaks it down, which is fine. That sounds good. Now the bad thing about it
is that the liver is also responsible for your
fat metabolization. Means that your fat breakdown
and that your body is able to utilize fat properly
also happens in the liver. Now as alcohol is a
toxin to your body, and your body wants to get
rid of it as soon as possible, because we cannot store it,
means the liver will prioritize the breakdown of alcohol
compared to the secondary nature of what the liver does,
which is breaking down the fat. So every time, as soon as
alcohol enters your mouth, your fat metabolization
of the liver will stop. So alcohol switches on, and
fat metabolization stops. And that’s crucial to understand
as you’re on your weight loss journey. Every time you
drink alcohol, you will not be able to burn fat. And if you think about
it, if you had like, let’s say, two big
glasses of wine or three pints, that
might be something like nine to 10 units of
alcohol, which translates into sort of 10 hours
of your body trying to get rid of this alcohol. In these 10 hours, your
body cannot burn fat . So keep that in mind, and I hope
you understand at this point, if you haven’t, just go
back and listen to it again, because it is really important. Number three, alcohol is a
toxin, and as it is a toxin, it affects or damages
our stomach linings, the intestines, your
kidneys, and your liver. Now why is that bad,
and how does that affect your weight loss? Well, when you think
about it, if you eat food, most of the time it
will get broken down in your stomach a little bit,
then in the small intestine, large intestine, and so on. So if these are sort of inflamed
or not working properly, your body will not be able to
function at the full capacity, because all the vitamins
and minerals and everything you need that your
digestion works properly happens in all of these organs. So if they’re not functioning
or malfunctioning, that is an indication
for diseases, or the floodgates open,
and you’re getting worse and worse and worse. Now the liver is
one of, I would say, the most amazing
organs in your body, because it’s able to regenerate
itself to 100% in a life or in a cycle of 30 days. So if your liver is
damaged to 50% to 70%, your body can repair
that liver to 100% of fully functioning
again, which is amazing if you think about it. But the problem with
that is, and this is where all these detox
programs and all that stuff most of the time doesn’t
work, because they’re just for one week really, is that
if you keep drinking alcohol, all you’re doing is your
liver is trying to recuperate and regenerate, but it’s always
getting like a hit on the head all the time back
down, back down. So it will not be able
to regenerate fully. So therefore, cut
down on your alcohol. Number four, alcohol
lowers testosterone. Now testosterone is
known as the hormone or our muscle-building
hormone in your body, and also as sort of a
fat-burning hormone. Now I’m not going to go
into more detail about it, but how does that translate? Well, if you have more
muscle in your body, it raises your metabolic
rate, and as you have a higher metabolic
rate, you will burn more fat. So this has a big effect on
your weight loss as well. As it inhibits
your testosterone, you can go into the
gym, you can work out, but if you drink alcohol, you
will not have the same effect, because testosterone
levels are lower, and therefore, you’re
not able to build the same amount of muscle
you could have done if you haven’t had any alcohol. Number five, alcohol
increases your appetite. And that’s quite
interesting, because if you think about it, most
of time, you don’t just drink alcohol, right? You drink alcohol with your
food, with something with it. And alcohol has another
thing, and that is it is a central nervous
system depressant, which means it has an effect on your
motor skills, on your thinking, on your focus, and all of a
sudden, you start eating more, and you’re not that
conscious, and then, oh, let’s have another beer,
another shot, another this. So you’re sort of lacking the
willpower and the self-control of things, and that’s why
it not only stimulates you to eat more, but you’re
also not that much in control anymore. So I guess all in
all, these five things should give you more
reason than ever to not drink alcohol anymore. If you’ve got problems
with it, and I do understand that sometimes
you want a break, and because it somehow–
it’s a reward for people. It’s a coping mechanism. It’s so many things
and excuses to drink alcohol because of peer pressure
and so on, I understand that. But understand one thing. You always have the choice. You’re the one who makes the
choice of picking up that glass and drinking it,
and I always think that someone who’s
able to go into a pub and not drink alcohol is a
much stronger personality than someone who does. So I hope you learned
something, and because I think it’s such an
important topic, and I want to really get people
to understand what alcohol does to their body, please share
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from this information, because, quite frankly,
me as a trainer, I get asked all of the time, why
am I not losing weight? And I see face-to-face
people suffering on treadmills and
everywhere, and they’re thinking, why am I not
getting the results? This is one of the main
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