While the best practices for weight loss often include decreasing the consumption of alcohol, this new study states just the opposite. Turns out that alcohol consumption in moderation does not affect weight gain. Who knew, right? Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania suggested that while alcohol consumption is not associated with short-term weight loss during a lifestyle intervention, it is associated with long-term weight loss. This holds especially true in people who are overweight or who have Type 2 diabetes.
In the study conducted, close to 5,000 people who were overweight and had diabetes were followed for four years. "This study indicates that while alcohol consumption is not associated with short-term weight loss during a lifestyle intervention, it is associated with worse long-term weight loss in participants with overweight or obesity and Type 2 diabetes," said lead investigator Ariana M. Chao, PhD, CRNP, Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences. "Patients with Type 2 diabetes who are trying to lose weight should be encouraged to limit alcohol consumption," Chao added.