Drinking alcohol is not recommended while on the OPTAVIA Program. Consuming alcohol increases your calorie and carbohydrate intake, which can take your body out of the fat-burning state and hinder weight loss.
Alcohol is not recommended because it:
- Contributes extra calories of no nutritional value.
- Can stimulate the appetite and decrease inhibitions which may lead to overeating.
- Promotes dehydration.
In addition, those who choose to drink alcohol tend to feel its effects at lower consumption levels when following a reduced calorie meal plan.