Like any other person, I am in the process of losing weight but I don't want to completely sacrifice my social life in order to do so. I am not in any way a heavy drinker, but like a lot of people, I enjoy a few alcoholic drinks now and then with my friends. I just wondered if anyone has the same problem and if they know a solution? It would also be helpful if someone could explain the science of alcohol a little more. Understanding this to a degree has been helpful so far.
I know that the body has to convert alcohol before it can burn off any other calories so as soon as it enters your system, anything you eat cannot be burnt off and is just going to get stored as fat which explains why I pile on the pounds if I have a takeaway at the end of the night.
But this is a problem in itself... what about the food you eat to line the stomach before drinking? Even if it's just a light 400 calorie meal, it's not all going to be burnt off between the time I finish it and the time I start drinking so basically I am worried that this meal will also just get stored as fat and I will put on weight every time I want to have a few drinks. The only alternative is drinking on an empty stomach but that is too risky and I would never do it because I've more chance of getting too drunk and also my appetite would go through the roof after a few hours.
Can anyone who knows more about this explain if I am right about eating the light meal beforehand and if there is anything else I can do to prevent weight gain?
Thanks in advance