Finally I found what I was looking for. Why is it when you drink Alcohol you gain weight? Well for lots of reasons but the one I was interested in is this. In simple terms without all the chemical processes explained (see image below if you are interested in the names of them) here is the deal. Your body uses a chemical NAD to breakdown your fat cells and to make glucose that feeds your muscles and brain. When you drink Alcohol your body is depleted of this and so this is why heavy drinkers get hypoglycemia. It can’t pull the glucose out of your fat cells let alone break them down into fatty acids to fuel your body correctly because it is low on NAD. This is why you get hungry at 2am after partying all night, your brain is needing glucose which your body can’t pull due to shortages of this chemical. I am sos implying this maybe too far but you get the point.
The Mitochondria are affected in last phase of this process where Acetate is created. These guys get damaged when too much Acetaldehyde accumulates from drinking too much too fast.
Here is a picture of the chemical process that happens. Ethanol = Alcohol. See how NAD+ is used for break down all these elements required to process Alcohol into our system. This is why bad things happen to our bodies if one is a heavy drinker.
In addition…. What your body does with Alcohol is when it’s broken down to be used as something in your body the only nutrient it provides is Fatty Acids. I always thought it was pure sugar but it’s not really. To our Liver’s its a Fatty Acid and too much of it gets stored in you liver as Triglycerides. This is why heavy drinkers get fatty livers. In addition high levels of triglycerides are associated with various liver and pancreas problems.
Now this is sparking a whole new question. How can one increase NAD levels so that I don’t get low on energy? Is this a natural process our body gets worse at making as we age. mmmmm Now that I figured out the reason why if you are tracking Fat grams, it’s important to know that alcohol basically is 100 percent fat to your body’s metabolism and is why it has little or no carbohydrates.
Off another path – Where to NAD’s come from. Also if you are reading this and find I am wrong please correct me. I am just trying to learn this on my own and have no real expert I can talk to.