The Hangover 2, Beer Bellies and Wine During Dieting

So last night I went and saw Hangover 2. And if you’re into that kind of humour you may find this one funny. But be warned. It’s not for everyone.

But after the show was over my mind drifted back to training.

And I started thinking about the effects of alcohol on training. So I did a bit of a review of the literature on some recent studies related to alcohol consumption and exercise.

Here’s what I found.

Study #1 – Men don’t increase vegetables or decrease alcohol during weight loss management

This study included 65 men in Australia to see what kinds of changes, both positive and negative, they made with respect to their nutrition. While the men were able to reduce calories, fat intake and portion size  they were not able to change their alcohol consumption or fiber intake.

Take home message: Know where your weak links are men and address them first.

ps…the lead author of this study sounds like a pretty cool guy :)

Men participating in a weight-loss intervention are able to implement key dietary messages, but not those relating to vegetables or alcohol: the Self-Help, Exercise and Diet using Internet Technology (SHED-IT) study.

Collins CE, Morgan PJ, Warren JM, Lubans DR, Callister R.

Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jan;14(1):168-75. Epub 2010 Jul 6.

Study #2 – Beer belly…Scientific evidence or common belief?

This study comes to us from Germany (they have beer over there?) and looked at whether beer consumption had an impact on waist circumference (WC). A interesting finding was that there was a correlation for increased WC in male beer drinkers but not in women. And while decreasing beer consumption allowed for a lower WC this wasn’t found to be statiscally significant.

Take home message: Women will put the extra calories from beer on areas other than the belly.

Beer consumption and the ‘beer belly’: scientific basis or common belief?

Schütze M, Schulz M, Steffen A, Bergmann MM, Kroke A, Lissner L, Boeing H.

Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Sep;63(9):1143-9. Epub 2009 Jun 24.

Study #3 – Drinking frequency related to waist circumference

This study comes to us from Denmark where they looked at whether the frequency of drinking had any effect on WC. One thing I found interesting from this study was the different correlation for men and women. Whereas for women drinking frequency was inversely related to changes in WC, there was no association in men.

Take home message: We put on our calories in different places. More frequent drinking, even in without binging, could result in increased WC.

Alcohol drinking frequency in relation to subsequent changes in waist circumference.

Tolstrup JS, Halkjaer J, Heitmann BL, Tjønneland AM, Overvad K, Sørensen TI, Grønbaek MN.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Apr;87(4):957-63.

Study #4 – A little wine? How bad could it be?
And for our last study we head back to Germany where they had 40 obese participants, who were wine drinkers already, consume 10% of their calories as white wine or grape juice. Weight loss was not significantly different between the groups. Percent body fat, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood glucose, insulin, triglycerides, and cholesterol were reduced. For safety they measured liver enzyme levels, which were unchanged.
Take home message: For obese Germans that already drink wine, weight loss, in the short term, can be achieved with 10% of calories from white wine or grape juice.
Real take message: How do you sign up for one of these beer/wine studies in Germany?
Seriously though, alcohol is empty calories, will dehydrate you, disrupt sleep and is usually partnered with lessor quality food. A drink during the game or a glass of wine when you go out for dinner is probably fine. Moderation is always the key.
Party on!
Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘always moving forward’

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2 Responses to The Hangover 2, Beer Bellies and Wine During Dieting

  1. Alexandra says:

    I hope someone does a study soon on “A little Palm Bay – How bad could it be?”

    heh heh

    • Chris says:

      Alexandra: Might have to contact the maker’s of PB and offer to be a test subject for that study.


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