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Dieting and Alcohol

Where do these two fit? Quite simple – it doesn’t. If you’re 100% serious about your fat loss goals, the two don’t mix.

If you’re slightly less serious about your goals (i.e. less than 100%) then the occasional glass of wine won’t hurt but it’s important to understand the choices you make outside of your program does have consequences.

Yes, red wine has antioxidants and many talk shows advertise the wonderful benefits for your “health” BUT when it comes to “fat loss” – it is counterproductive and it doesn’t work. “Health” is not “Fat Loss”.

Alcohol metabolizes in the body very differently than protein, carbohydrates, and fat. It is the 4th macronutrient and contains no nutritional value so the body reacts to it immediately. When the body is focused on metabolizing the alcohol, food (carbs and fats) in your body is not broken down properly and is eventually stored as body fat.

Ever wonder why there is a stereotypical type of body when you think of someone who is on a steady diet of alcohol and potato chips/bar nuts?

If a client is looking to have the occasional glass of red during a FREE MEAL because of an event, I have no objection. I work with adults and it is an adult decision to make. I just reiterate that there are consequences to choices that are off of plan.

“I ABSOLUTELY CAN’T GIVE UP MY RED WINE OR BEER BUT I REALLY, REALLY WANT ABS…” is something I occasionally get from a client inquiry so I want to make it clear that negotiating alcohol consumption and fat loss goals right at the beginning isn’t going to mix with me either because I don’t provide that service or feed my clients pipe dreams.

It’ll be cheaper to get your dieting advice from Dr.Oz and daytime television.


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My name Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe and this is a collection of my experiences through blogging on balancing the life of a Fitness Expert/Nutritionist and brand new Mommy.

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