Quit your “Wine”-ing

Here is a regular statement that I hear from my new clients. My new clients, because the my seasoned clients don’t make this mistake twice.

“Hey Carrie, I’m not losing any weight.  I don’t understand why.  I exercise, I watch what I eat and I get lots of sleep.”

Hmmm, lets see which question I ask next.

1.) Did you cheat on your nutrition plan?

2.) Are you over doing the cardio?

3.) How much did you have to drink this week?

And the answer is?  That’s right…door number three!!

“But it was only a couple glasses of wine (bottles of beer, cocktails)” Choose your poison.

So. let the education begin.

Wine (or any alcohol for that matter) wipes out your fat burning workout.

Not only does alcohol add unneeded calories, but it also inhibits your ability to burn fat. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver and converted into a substance called acetate. When we consume alcohol, our acetate levels rise and our bodies then burn acetate as fuel instead of burning the fat we are trying to lose. So alcohol not only adds empty calories, but also hampers the normal fat-burning processes.

Think about it like a car.  A car engine typically uses only one source of fuel. Don’t even start on me about Hybrids…this is my soapbox!  Your body, on the other hand, draws from a number of different energy sources, such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. 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, but most importantly what it can use the easiest. 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. Why? Another name for acetate in a round about way is SUGAR!

So here’s what happens to fat metabolism after the odd “drink or two”. (Add 3 or 4 for honesty sake)

  • 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.

So, in summary.  The reason you don’t seem to be losing any weight is because you are sabotaging your efforts.  Alcohol is sugar. Sugar is instant energy.  Instant energy keeps your body from using fat stores for energy. When you don’t use fat stores, you don’t lose weight.

Good work!!  I hope the alcohol was worth it…now what shall we do to help kick start that fat burning system again…how about suicide sprints followed by push ups and topped off with bur-pies!! Woo hoot!!




  1. Damn acetate!!! OK, so what sugar is worse, sugar from alcohol or a great big piece of double chocolate fudge cake? Sometimes fruit and vegetables just don’t cut it.

  2. Must be lies. Nothing soooo good as red wine can be soooo bad for you. Take away my potato chips, take away my chocolate BUT pleeeaaassse don’t tell me wine is bad. When you have teenagers it becomes medicine for mothers. I will cut back but don’t ask me to stop. I’m sure “red wine sugar” is good for the heart 🙂
    Signed – ‘Sad and drinking ANOTHER glass if water girl’

    1. Cutting back is a great start. There are some medical benefits to wine, specifically to red. But, you have to ask yourself…is it worth it? What are my goals? Does drinking the wine fit with my goals or is it just a way to numb the pain of teenagers?

  3. This is why we do boot camp…. I do not eat sweets so this is my dessert… watered down with Perrier now… thanks Carrie…

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