It is the holiday season, so what are we all doing? We are living it up! The holidays invoke a feeling in most of us that is something like an allowance. It is a time to eat too much, drink too much, not sleep enough, all the bad habits are allowed from the time of Thanksgiving until New Years. It is a time when we allow ourselves to let reason go out the window. We do things, eat things and drink things that we would never allow ourselves to during the year. That is why there is something called New Years.
New Years is positioned perfectly to undue all the damage that we have done to ourselves during the short period of time between the kick off of the holiday season and the holiday hangover period. It is a time where we put a halt to our bad habits, reboot so to say, start over. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start our lives over, revamp out habits, promise to be better.
One of the most popular promises we make to ourselves is to lose weight. Losing weight is one of those New Year’s resolutions that most adults make. It makes sense after those months of giving way to temptation that you would find that the clothes that used to have a little extra breathing room no longer allow you to breathe. It is true that alcohol has a big influence on weight gain, therefore, if your New Year’s resolution includes weight loss, you may want to put your alcohol consumption on pause for a bit.
Alcohol is a depressant. I know, it doesn’t seem like it while you are drinking it. There is nothing that can get a party going, in fact, stimulate a party, more than alcohol, but it is a substance that depresses the body, it depresses the metabolism and makes it hard to lose those extra ten pounds that you may have added over the holiday season.
When we drink alcohol, your metabolism slows down, making your body burn fewer calories over time. When your body burns fewer calories that means that it holds onto more calories converting them to fat. If you are upping your calorie intake as most of us do during the holidays, you are giving your body a double whammy. If you really want to start over after the holidays over and lose weight, the best way to do that is to put a halt to your drinking habits.
It is important to make the changes that we all know of, exercising, eating less, but cutting out alcohol from your lifestyle may be the catalyst that you may really need to get your body started. Cutting out alcohol will allow your body to burn calories faster and will lead to quicker weight loss to help meet your resolution goals. With the right attitude and resolution to achieve your weight loss goals, you won’t be abstinence very long, just long enough to fit back into your jeans.