While alcohol does get processed ahead carbs, fats and protein, this is largely irrelevant in terms of weight loss.
What matters for weight loss is the overall balance between calories burned and calories consumed over the entire 24 hour day. The body has several different energy systems, and where energy is coming from at any particular moment is irrelevant - over the entire day things will balance out.
Alcohol certainly has calories, and will form part of your overall intake. But going to the gym will burn off those calories, regardless of where the energy is actually coming from.
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Maybe what they meant was that because your body always burns alcohol before anything else, it won't start burning calories from other sources for a couple of hours. One beer shouldn't affect you too much.
This isn't true. Your body converts the alcohol to acetate, the easy burning off kind of fuel. (Like sugar) so your body burns that first, then will burn other calories. But if you can account for it in your daily calories, you will be fine. It doesn't have that much of an effect.
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I have never heard of that. I just always assumed the body dealt with it the way it deals with sugar?
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After work on Tuesdays I normally head to the gym, but tonight is a coworker's birthday and we're going out for a drink after work to celebrate. I want to have a beer, eat dinner and then head to the gym. A friend tole me that having alcohol in your system impacts your ability to burn calories for up to two hours later. Does anyone know if this is true?
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