Alcohol and Weight Loss

by admin on May 21, 2010

In order to lose weight you do have to cut alcohol to some extent.  Why?  Because alcohol is empty calories.  What does that mean?  Gram for gram alcohol has almost double the calories of carbohydrates or protein, without any of the nutrients.  In addition, drinking alcohol with food can lower your resolve when it comes to making good choices, resisting the bread basket, or having only half of the dessert instead of the whole thing.

But this doesn’t mean that you have to cut alcohol altogether.  One glass a day for women and up to two glasses a day for men can actually be healthy for your heart.  Now some of the biggest offenders in bars are the sugary mixers.  Let me give you an example here, a six ounce margarita has 400 calories.  A six ounce glass of wine has 150 calories, so 250 calories less.  If you have two drinks a night, that’s 500 calories less, that’s a pound a week you will gain if you drink the margaritas, or lose or stay the same if you drink the wine.  So my advice to you is to try to stay away from the sugary mixers like juice and cola and stick with the things like club soda with a little bit of lemon or lime, or stick with wine or (preferably light) beer.  Now one more tip that you can do is to alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water or sparkling water.  Not only will this slow you down, it will fill you up so you’ll drink less alcohol overall.  You’ll also be better hydrated and will avoid a hangover in the morning.  So cheers to you, just drink smart.

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