Does alcohol cause weight gain?
Kinda-sorta, but it's not really the alcohol as such that does it. The biggest reason behind weight gain is people not managing their calorie budget. If what you eat and drink contains more calories than what you use up during the day, you will gain weight. Doesn't really matter where those calories are coming from. Healthy food, junk food or alcohol - too many calories regardless of source will make you gain weight. What makes alcohol a tad sneaky is:
- it has lots of calories
- it can stimulate appetite
- it can blunt your judgement, making you eat/drink more than you intended, particularly together with the above.
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