First of all, sorry if this is in the wrong category, but I am working on weight loss and this is something I curious about... hopefully someone can help me out.
I was at a friends party the other night and had a couple shots of Everclear. For those who do not know, Everclear is 95% alcohol (190 proof) and is also 190 calories per 1oz shot. I was researching on the web to see where the calories come from, and this is what I found:
Calories (kcal) - 190
Energy (kj) - 794
Fats - 0 g
Carbohydrates - 0 g
Protein - 0 g
Fiber - 0 g
Sugars - 0 g
Cholesterol - 0 mg
Sodium - 0 mg
Alcohol - 26.9 g
So, it has 0 grams of everything (fat, carbs, sugars) except for "Alcohol". How does alcohol affect your weight loss? Where do those calories end up going if its not fat or carbs? From my understanding your kidney's process the alcohol and convert it into waste which is then passed through your body. This is different from beer because beer contains plenty of carbs where as this does not. Can anyone shed some light?
Thank you very much!
Your body processes calories from alcohol first, and while it is doing this it will not burn carbohydrates of fat - essentially slowing down any potential fat loss.
All I know about alcohol affecting weight loss is that one gram of alcohol has more calories than anything else we eat (except fat) - therefore you can gain easily if you're drinking a lot and not accounting for it in CC.
Fat: 1 gram = 9 calories
Protein: 1 gram = 4 calories
Carbohydrates: 1 gram = 4 calories
Alcohol: 1 gram = 7 calories
So, with that information, you can imagine that it's super dangerous to your weight loss regime if you binge drink and then say, eat a Baconator from Wendy's.
I tend to drink a lot, so I account for it in CC and end up eating less than I would like in the day to accomodate alcohol - not the best, but...what are you gonna do. :)
I found this information on about.com; lots of scientific words, but essentially the liver processes alcohol as acetaldehyde (which is present in things like coffee, fruit and bread), and can only do so at a specific rate.
The Metabolic Process
When alcohol is consumed, it passes from the stomach and intestines into the blood, a process referred to as absorption. Alcohol is then metabolized by enzymes, which are body chemicals that break down other chemicals. In the liver, an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) mediates the conversion of alcohol to acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde (this is what causes hangovers!) is rapidly converted to acetate by other enzymes and is eventually metabolized to carbon dioxide and water. Most of the alcohol consumed is metabolized in the liver, but the small quantity that remains unmetabolized permits alcohol concentration to be measured in breath and urine.
The liver can metabolize only a certain amount of alcohol per hour, regardless of the amount that has been consumed. The rate of alcohol metabolism depends, in part, on the amount of metabolizing enzymes in the liver, which varies among individuals and appears to have genetic determinants (1,4). In general, after the consumption of one standard drink, the amount of alcohol in the drinker's blood (blood alcohol concentration, or BAC) peaks within 30 to 45 minutes. (A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits, all of which contain the same amount of alcohol.) Alcohol is metabolized more slowly than it is absorbed. Since the metabolism of alcohol is slow, consumption needs to be controlled to prevent accumulation in the body and intoxication.