“A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a direct correlation between the amount a person drinks and her dietary choices. The study, which looked at answers from a questionnaire submitted to approximately 73,000 French female schoolteachers, adjusted dietary intake by omitting alcohol-related calories. The respondents were split into two groups, based on their daily alcohol consumptions. Heavy drinker- defined as anyone who consumed over 2-1/2 alcoholic drinks a day- were shown to have consumed nearly 30% more calories from their daily food intake than nondrinkers. Heavy drinkers also had a tendency to consume more fatty foods, such as cheese, processed meats, and vegetable oil, along with more coffee, than the nondrinkers. Alcohol is not only an appetite stimulant, it also causes depletion of your liver glycogen stores. As your liver glycogen declines, you start to crave carbohydrates- which accounts for the desire to eat a high-carb breakfast the morning after.” (p.103)
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