Friday, September 24, 2010

Want flat abs? Watch what you drink!

There are many ways that alcohol can get you into trouble. It doesn't make you feel full or decrease the amount of food you consume. 

In fact, alcohol encourages your body to burn up to 36 percent less fat, makes you store more of the fat you eat and inhibits your body's production of hormones that help burn fat and build muscle. 

If you can't pass up your pinot, limit yourself to two or three alcoholic drinks a week. Water may not be as exciting as 'Weiser, but drinking about eight glasses of the clear stuff a day has a lot of benefits. 

Water helps keep you satiated (often what we interpret as hunger is ?really thirst). 

It flushes the waste products your body makes when it breaks down fat for energy or when it processes protein. And it transports nutrients to your muscles to keep your metabolism clicking. Otherwise, the best drinks you can have are low-fat milk and green tea (or, if you must, two glasses of diet soda a day).

-Woman's Health

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