on Tuesday, August 11, 2009in Other
Most of us enjoy savoring a nice glass of wine or an ice cold beer every once, maybe twice or thrice in awhile but if you are trying to follow a weight loss diet, the empty calories in alcohol can really derail your goals. The calories our bodies absorb through liquor or other alcoholic beverages are considered empty, as they provide no nutritional benefit whatsoever, yet require additional effort in order to burn off.
A gram of alcohol contains seven calories, which is nearly twice that as a gram of carbohydrate or protein, both of which are four calories per gram. As you can imagine, the extra calories in alcohol add up quite quickly. On top of that is the theory that the body uses alcohol as an energy source before macronutrients like carbs, protein or fats, meaning you’ll be running on booze before your body taps in to any actual food. Not exactly an ideal situation when you’re trying to shed the beer belly.
So while it’s quite unrealistic to expect yourself to entirely abstain from the occasional cocktail or two, there are some choices that may be better than others.
The juices, sodas and syrups that are added to cocktails and highballs can double or even quadruple the caloric value with only an ounce or two. If you feel you’d like to indulge in a beverage or two (and I’m not recommending you do) choose a hard liquor like gin, vodka, rye, tequila or scotch and either drink it straight (yeowch!) or mix with water, diet soda or pellegrino. Stay away from fruity, tropical drinks like pina coladas and daiquiris which will easily add two to five times the calories. Opt for dry wine over sweet dessert wines to save yourself half the calories and obviously you should order the light beer as opposed to the regular beer.
Remember, it should always go without saying that alcohol should be used responsibly and with moderation, not just to keep the pounds from piling on, but more importantly to stay safe and healthy! Always drink responsibly. That’s my public service announcement for the day!Found this post useful and want more? Subscribe to our Blog feed
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