Who doesn’t love a little chocolate and a glass of wine?
Now there’s good news and bad news about these two favorites. (Seriously, you didn’t think I’d tell you to indulge with reckless abandon did you?)
No, I can’t in good conscience do that, but what I can do, is advise you as to the very best way to include these favs without sabotaging all your hard work.
First of all chocolate…
Contrary to what you may think, there are many benefits to eating QUALITY chocolate. Dark chocolate is one of the highest anti oxidant foods on the planet.
The trick is to find 85% or higher cacao content.
In fact, scientists may have found the ultimate sports enhancing drug with dark chocolate.
Epicatechin, a plant chemical in dark chocolate, gives the body a boost by widening the blood vessels, which speeds oxygen supply to the muscles, allowing them to make the most of the precious fuel.
If you’re a milk chocolate kinda girl, quality dark chocolate can be bitter at first. A one-ounce serving is a reasonable snack to kill chocolate cravings and avoid eating a bunch of other crap while trying to overcome those cocoa cravings. Keep in mind that it’s very easy to over indulge, so make sure to pre-portion your bar.
Next up is wine….
As much as I’d like to say ‘Cheers! Drink up!’ I want to tell you how alcohol is metabolized first. Then you can be the judge of how much you can indulge and still stay the course on your belly fat loss goals, cuz once you have a better understanding of how alcohol affects your fat loss, it makes it easier to take action.
Alcohol (wine or any other form) in general is metabolized differently than food. It’s given preferential treatment and is metabolized first before anything else. That’s right – your body will use alcohol as fuel first then carbs and you body will not even touch the fat!
All fat burning will come to a grinding halt when alcohol is present in your system. That means that all calories that are not immediately used as energy will be shuttled into ‘storage’ (probably adding to your belly fat).
Aside from the fact that alcohol contains 7 ‘empty’ calories per gram, it lowers inhibitions so you’re more likely to eat more when drinking and you may already have little wiggle room in your diet for excess calories without weight gain.
But I said you could have wine in your plan and here’s how:
You’ll likely want to limit consumption to one glass consumed with a meal if you’re really serious about improved health and belly fat loss.
Now depending on your goals, you may just want to include wine once a week, but if you’re at your ‘happy weight’ already, then you could indulge a few times a week: one glass with a healthy meal.
Improving your lifestyle is really a journey, but it’s a journey worth taking and I am glad you have chosen me to come along for the ride with you.
If you need help figuring out a nutrition plan or an exercise plan then don’t hesitate to contact me for a free success session!