Rather than alcohol getting stored as fat, the main fate of alcohol is conversion into a substance called acetate. The blood levels of "acetate" after drinking the vodka were 2.5 times higher than normal and it appears this high increase in acetate puts the a big Hold on fat loss.
For an example: A car engine typically uses only one source of fuel. Your body, on the other hand, draws from a number of different energy sources, such as carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Your body tends to use whatever you feed it. Your Body is your Car and the Fuel. is your food! Consequently, when acetate levels rise, your body simply burns more acetate, and less fat. In essence, acetate pushes fat to the back of the queue.
So, to review, here's what happens to fat metabolism after your cocktail drink or two.
• A small portion of the alcohol is converted into fat.
• Your liver then converts most of the alcohol into acetate.
• The acetate is then released into your bloodstream, and replaces fat as a source of fuel.
The way your body responds to alcohol is very similar to the way it deals with excess carbohydrate.
A little Fact on to much of anything... Although carbohydrate can be converted directly into fat, one of the main effects of overfeeding with carbohydrate it simply replaces fat as a source of energy. That's why any type of diet, whether it's high-fat, high-protein, or high-carbohydrate, can lead to a gain in weight. You always want equal portions with smaller meals and eating 5-6x a day!
The combination of alcohol and a high-calorie meal is especially fattening, mainly because alcohol acts as a potent appetizer. "A Canadian study shows that an aperitif (an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to increase the appetite) increased calorie intake to a greater extent than a carbohydrate-based drink "
So between the acetate and "fattening" alcohol eating this can really slow the process down from your weight lose goals. So be mindful of the drinks and eating at the sometime. I like to choose one or the other if I’m out to dinner and I try to have a cocktail once a week. But, to be honest I love food more! :)