How many of us know that alcoholic drinks are loaded with hidden calories? For example, did you know that a medium glass of red wine contains 120 calories, or that polishing off the whole bottle is roughly the same as eating a McDonalds Quarter Pounder with cheese? There’s no point making the right food choices if you undo all your hard work at the bar.
Thankfully, there are lots of simple things you can do to cut down your alcohol calorie intake. You don’t need to make big changes like going ‘cold turkey’ and cutting it out altogether – just a few small steps can make a real difference.
Alcohol has almost as many calories as pure fat – 1g of fat provides 9 calories and 1g of alcohol provides 7 calories. Alcohol’s empty calories have no real nutritional value and can also weaken your willpower to avoid high fat snacks like potato chips, chocolate and salted nuts.
Why not save your alcoholic treats for a night out with friends. Cut down on the number of drinks you consume by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength. If you like your spirits, it might be worthwhile investing in a home measurer, to help keep tabs on how much you are drinking.
You will be surprised how quickly the calories from a couple of alcoholic drinks adds up. Decide if you would rather to use your calories for a special treat each week on a glass or two of wine or another option.
Stick a note on the wine or beer bottle that points out just how many calories are in every glass. It will give you the opportunity to think twice before you drink!
Evidence suggests that if you use a tall, narrow glass you will pour yourself 28% less liquor than if you use a short, wide tumbler. That’s quite a few calorie savings to be had, considering that a 50ml serving of liquor contains between 100-170 calories.
Alternate alcoholic drinks with diet soft drinks, a glass of soda water with a spritz of lemon or lime juice or glasses of water with a slice of lemon to limit your alcohol intake – you’ll also keep yourself hydrated and avoid the dreaded hangover!
If you cannot resist a pre-dinner gin and tonic, a glass of wine with your evening meal or champagne at a celebration, then get into the habit of thinking about healthy swaps:
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