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Alcohol

When included in the diet, alcohol does contribute to the overall energy intake for the day which can’t be overlooked when you are trying to lose weight. In addition, in some people alcohol can stimulate appetite and/or reduce inhibitions leading to more food being eaten than initially intended.

In Phase One it is preferable that, if possible, you avoid alcohol. If you do choose to have a drink of alcohol during Phase One we suggest that you try to balance it out with some extra activity. The energy in 1 full strength beer or an average glass of wine equates to a 30 minute walk (approximately).

During Phase Two and Three, if desired, alcohol can be included as an “extra” and the additional calories off-set by increasing your activity.

If you would like some more information on safe alcohol consumption you can refer to the National Guidelines for Alcohol Consumption.