How alcohol triggers hunger

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We’ve long known that alcohol triggers appetite (and overeating), but we’ve never really been sure of why. As I’ve written before, alcohol is almost as calorically-dense as fat and alcohol itself actually lowers blood sugar levels. The combination of no insulin spike (assuming you didn’t pick a sugary drink) and hundreds of calories coming in should signal your brain to suppress appetite, but the opposite occurs. A new study found an interesting explanation why alcohol triggers overeating.

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More tips to hold off holiday weight gain

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This week is Thanksgiving and for many people it’s the official kick off of the overeating season. Before you freak out that you’re going to need a whole new wardrobe on January 1st, understand that the average person only gains about 1 pound during the holiday season. Wild fluctuations in weight are caused by water retention, and they tend to go away just as quickly as they come. Enjoy this time with your family and friends, but don’t go nuts either. I’ll go over some simple tricks to help you find the balance between discipline and indulgence so that you can enjoy yourself without worrying about your waistline.

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Get drunk, not fat

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The holiday season has begun and with it a lot of festive parties filled with festive cocktails. It’s no surprise that alcohol is one of the big contributors to seasonal weight gain, but is the alcohol itself to blame or the foods you eat with it? I’ll go over how alcohol contributes to weight gain and give some advice on how to have a few drinks without putting on a few pounds.

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