is drinking tequila bad? every nite?

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lee shelly

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 15:37
or maybe every weekend? any ideas on lowfat alcoholic bev

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 16:09
I'm with you Lee. I have tried to stick to only one (or two) nights per week where I enjoy a vodka straight or tequila. What has worked for me is to plan my meals in the morning before I eat and enter them using my iPhone. I enter the alcohol and the meals and stay within the recommended daily intake. So far, fairly successful even with the alcohol.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 16:53
Tequila has no fat. It has calories, though.

Moderation is the key. Have one on Saturday night, not two every day.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 19:07
The calories in the alcohol don't matter, whats gonna make you gain weight is that when the alcohol hits your system your liver views it as a poison and immediately sends any stored carbohydrates from the day to fat storage so it can focus on detoxing your body.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 19:43
Wow, sbutler1, I'm not sure I buy that. Citation?

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 19:48
Definitely not buying that at all. Drama...

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 20:18
Just nobody become a 'drunkorexic' ok?

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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 20:27
It's more like this:

Alcohol calories
According to conventional wisdom, the infamous "beer belly" is caused by excess alcohol calories being stored as fat. Yet, less than five percent of the alcohol calories you drink are turned into fat. Rather, the main effect of alcohol is to reduce the amount of fat your body burns for energy.
Some evidence for this comes from research carried in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [4]. Eight men were given two drinks of vodka and sugar-free lemonade separated by 30 minutes. Each drink contained just under 90 calories. Fat metabolism was measured before and after consumption of the drink. For several hours after drinking the vodka, whole body lipid oxidation (a measure of how much fat your body is burning) dropped by a massive 73%.
Rather than getting stored as fat, the main fate of alcohol is conversion into a substance called acetate. In fact, blood levels of acetate after drinking the vodka were 2.5 times higher than normal. And it appears this sharp rise in acetate puts the brakes on fat loss.
A car engine typically uses only one source of fuel. Your body, on the other hand, draws from a number of different energy sources, such as carbohydrate, fat, and protein. To a certain extent, the source of fuel your body uses is dictated by its availability.
In other words, your body tends to use whatever you feed it. Consequently, when acetate levels rise, your body simply burns more acetate, and less fat. In essence, acetate pushes fat to the back of the queue.
So, to summarize and review, here's what happens to fat metabolism after the odd drink or two.
• A small portion of the alcohol is converted into fat.
• Your liver then converts most of the alcohol into acetate.
• The acetate is then released into your bloodstream, and replaces fat as a source of fuel.
The way your body responds to alcohol is very similar to the way it deals with excess carbohydrate.
Although carbohydrate can be converted directly into fat, one of the main effects of overfeeding with carbohydrate is that it simply replaces fat as a source of energy. That's why any type of diet, whether it's high-fat, high-protein, or high-carbohydrate, can lead to a gain in weight.

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