Classic Doc Joe: For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings. Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written.
I received a phone call from one of my weight loss clients a few months back. She was irate about local talk show host Steve Corbett going on and on about consuming beer and wine and then having the nerve to talk about how healthy he eats and his current fitness level. She also complained vehemently about the weekly beer party, known as the Friday Beer Buzz, and its endless promotion. I didn’t hear the Corbett Comedy show, actually I haven’t listened to the show in months, but I have heard him make similar comments in the past. Just for full disclosure, I happened to receive an email from Steve taking me to task about criticizing his negativity based talk show. He made some comments which demonstrated that either he didn’t read the entire posting(s) or Steve, the writer and the master of single sentence paragraphs, has difficulty comprehending fully composed paragraphs.
As far as the Friday drunk fest, I turn WILK off whenever the morning show veers off in that direction. Honestly, how silly is to hear adults get excited about boozing and yell like college kids at a frat party?
But, I digress.
This particular client has encouraged me to write about alcohol consumption in the past. She has been upset by various programing that glorifies drinking while ignoring the deleterious effects of spirits on the human body. It is a topic that I always intend to write about, but other topics jump ahead to my attention. I apologize for the delay.
When it comes to weight loss and/or a fit and healthy life, alcohol has no place. There I said it!
However, no matter how factual my statement is, I live in the real world and realize that, for whatever reason, people like to consume wine, beer or the harder stuff. When I make the statement I get the following questions:
- Do you drink? Yes, I do, on very rare occasion. I think in the last year I may have had two mixed drinks, perhaps six or so beers and a few glasses of wine.
-What do you drink when you’re out? I usually have either unsweetened iced tea or water. I used to drink diet soda, but I have gotten away from artificial sweeteners. (More on that topic another posting.)
-What about the studies that claim alcohol has preventative properties? There is some research that infers that a glass of wine or a beer may be healthful, but in general, the negative effects far outweigh any possible benefit.
When people come to me for help I vigorously discourage any alcohol consumption for the first month or so. Alcohol is a system wide depressant. When you are trying to drop weight and get fit, one of your desires is to increase your metabolic rate. Well, isn’t it counterproductive to do all that work and put in all that effort just to counteract the effect by slowing your system with a drug? Don’t you want to shed sluggish feelings? If so, then simply stay away from booze. As far as someone who has survived cancer, alcoholic drinks tax the liver. Because it is a primary detox organ of the human body beer and wine increase the work of the liver, not only must it work on the alcohol, but it must also give attention to processing, converting and storing the sugars that make up beer and wine. Additionally, one of the primary sites of metastasis for many cancers is the liver. So, in striving for a healthful life and caring for a body that has been invaded by cancer and beaten by cancer treatments, common sense would dictate that we protect ourselves by avoiding toxic substances. Also, let’s not forget, that the liver was subjected to a great deal of stress if chemotherapy was a treatment — so why stress it any more?
Wine and beer are broken down into simple sugars. On a low carbohydrate eating regime what is the point of avoiding starchy foods if you are simply going to drink them? The other issue, especially when it comes to wine, is that few people ever has a single serving. I have heard the outrage. What do you mean? I only have a glass of wine each night? To that I answer; an average serving of wine is about four to five ounces, not a balloon goblet filled to the rim.
Your best bet is to avoid alcohol as part of your daily regime. Liquor is nutrient deficient, clouds the mind, makes one sluggish and will do nothing but hold you back from achieving your full fitness potential.
Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,
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For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.
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