We’re sorry, really, truly sorry, but that cocktail (or two, or three) you have to help you wind down after a busy day isn’t helping. Sure, it works wonders (for your mood) at the time, but your cheeky drink with dinner is holding you back from your health and fitness goals. If you’ve overhauled your fitness regime and you’re still not noticing major changes, it’s time to look at your alcohol consumption, especially that one drink here and there. In case you need more convincing, Transform Health founder Jordan Ponder wants you to know that weight loss and alcohol definitely don’t mix – not even a little. Here’s why.

It’s a Depressant
While it may seem fun at the time, your body (and mood) will pay for it later. Just two glasses each night over a period of time will see you constantly battling each day in a foggy state, which is never good for your happiness.

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You’re Drinking Empty Calories
Why waste calories on a bottle of red when you can eat a nutritious meal that will actually satisfy you? Jordan tells us a bottle of wine is equivalent to half a loaf of bread in energy. Unfortunately for your love of booze, there are zero vitamins, minerals, or nutrients in alcohol, so choosing a healthy meal is always better than empty calories.

It’s Easy to Drink a Lot (Surprise, Surprise!)
The problem with alcohol is it’s energy-dense, making it easy to go from one glass to two, and before you know it, you’ve downed an entire bottle. The more you drink, the more empty calories you’re consuming.

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It Encourages Overeating
Notice how you crave the naughty, high-fat stuff when you’re drinking? Yep, that’s alcohol’s way of sabotaging your healthy lifestyle. It can be nasty like that. When hunger strikes, be aware of what you’re eating, and stick to something that will fuel your body in a low-cal way. Want something salty to snack on? Try these healthy alternatives instead of a pack of potato chips.

It Stops You From Exercising
The cloudy feeling you get the next day after a few drinks the night before is often enough to stop you from wanting to work out. For anyone making a conscious effort to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle, the last thing you need is alcohol getting in your way.

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