You work hard all day. So when you come home from work, or finally get the kids down to sleep, you probably want to chill out. Many people do that by having a few glasses of wine with dinner. That’s one of the health mistakes Michael Masterson was making that was keeping him from losing weight. But Michael was able to modify his habit… and so can you. And that will help you finally shed that stubborn fat!

Now, I’m not saying you should cut out alcohol completely. A glass or two with dinner is just fine. But I want to make sure you understand that, when you’re trying to lose weight, a big issue with alcohol is not only its calorie content, but also the way the body metabolizes it.

Alcohol brings fat burning to a complete STOP!

When alcohol is ingested, it passes through the stomach and intestines, into the bloodstream, then into the liver. In the liver, it is converted into acetaldehyde, which is then converted into acetate. Because acetate is readily bio-available, your body will burn it first… instead of carbs, protein, or fat.

So if you choose to consume alcohol, keep these three tips in mind:

Tip #1: Always eat fat and protein with alcohol to slow down its absorption rate and protect the lining of the stomach and small intestine.

Tip #2: Drink wine from organic sources whenever possible.

Tip #3: Enjoy your wine – but drink in moderation.

Instead of three glasses of wine every night with dinner, Michael gradually cut down to two glasses and then to one. By cutting his alcohol intake, intensifying his exercise routine, and making a few changes to his diet, Michael was able to lose 15 pounds and lower his body fat by five percent. (By the way, he still tries to keep it to one glass of wine with dinner – but, now that he’s lost the weight, he has more than that at least once a week.)

You can improve your own health and get leaner by making similar changes. Get started today.

[Ed. Note: If you’re looking to see results like Michael’s, Coach Yari can help. She’s offering a special online training program for people who can’t make it to her gym. Learn how to burn up to 37 pounds of fat in 6 weeks right here.]

Yarixa Ferrao is a Certified Personal Trainer. She was voted “America’s Next Fitness Phenom” in 2008. Coach Yari is an expert in functional training, weight loss, sports performance, and cellulite. She is the founder of Get Fit in 6, a six-week life transformation program for both women and men in Delray Beach, Florida. Coach Yari is the author of the e-book, Cellulite and the Featured Fitness Instructor on Dr. Al Sears World Renowned P.A.C.E Program exercise video.

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