Alcohol And Fat Loss

How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?
How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?

Whenever folks embark on a weight loss journey, the first thing they assume is that they automatically have to cut out drinking.

As a matter of fact, it’s usually one of the first excuses I hear – sorry, guys – from men as to why they can’t shake those last 10 (or 20) pounds.

“I’d have a six pack if I didn’t like beer so much.”


And if coach would’ve put you in that fourth quarter of senior year, you would’ve been state champs, too, right?


The truth of the matter is that you can get into ridiculously good shape, and maintain a low body fat percentage, all while still  having your cake beer and drinking it, too.

Now, I will admit that the blame doesn’t lay completely on all of the “Uncle Ricos” of the world.

Alcohol has almost become a taboo in the fitness world, and rather than talk about it or give people practical advice, most in the fitness industry act “holier than thou” and recommend complete abstinence.

While this would obviously be the best route for maximum health and low body fat levels, the truth is that this approach is unrealistic and unsustainable for the average person with a social life.

That is why I also put part of the blame on the fitness industry itself, and on “health gurus” like me.

This post is my attempt to clear the air.

The Numbers:

One 12 oz. serving of beer has roughly 150 calories, give or take.

And I’m not talking light beer, either. 

As far as I am concerned, if you are going to drink a light beer, you might as well piss in a bottle, refrigerate it, and call it a Miller Light.

I digress.

Where was I? 

Ah, yes. 

One glass of red wine has about 120 calories,  give or take.

A shot of liquor on the rocks has about half of that.

For the purpose of this discussion, we’ll use beer, since it has the most calories per serving of the three.

Let’s say “Uncle Rico” wants to drink two beers every night.

That would be roughly 300 calories.

Assuming he’s an average American dude, he probably weighs about 200 lbs., and needs to lose 20-30.

Since he’s been reading this blog, he knows that he needs to start exercising, and multiply his body weight by 12 in order to figure out his caloric needs.

That means that “Uncle Rico” would need to drop his calories down to 2,400 per day in order to start losing weight.

300 calories from two beers is only 12.5% of 2,400.

Gut check: 

Drinking ain’t what’s making you fat, bruh. 

Stop making excuses for yourself.

The problem isn’t alcohol.

The problem is a lack self control and discipline.

If you keep it a hunnit (white people click here for definition),

“I’d have a six pack if I didn’t like beer so much,” turns into:

“I’d have a six pack if I didn’t drink the entire six pack, and then eat chicken wings and nachos and stay up way later than I should have, and wake up the next morning hungover and not in the mood to do anything else besides sit on the couch and watch other dudes play the sports that I used to play before I gave up on myself.” 


Eat right.

Lift weights.

Drink beer.

Play sports.

Make money.

Look good naked.

Kick ass.

Take names.


Take some accountability for yourself; and unless your name is Jamie Foxx, don’t blame it on the alcohol.

Author: J.J.Valdivia

I have worked in the health and fitness industry for a decade. Through my personal work with clients, and my writing, I strive to help others become more well-rounded human beings, so that they may thrive in all areas of their lives.

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