Looking out my window, and looks like spring is actually here! Swimsuit season is right around the corner. We’re already getting into the spirit of summer – ‘spirit’ being the operative work! For starters, we’re guzzling after work cocktails, getting together at weekends for barbeques or gearing up for Saturday nights out. We all want to have fun but can alcohol really fit into your diet if you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy lifestyle? For starters, let’s look into how many calories an alcoholic beverage actually has. The following are estimates and of course the calories will vary from brand to brand but still it will give you a rough idea.
1 pint of beer = 250 calories
1 large glass of wine = 175 calories
25ml of spirits = 65-70 calories
Cocktail – 300-500 calories
On the face of it, this doesn’t look bad really, does it? I mean given that men can have on average 2,500 calories a day and women can have 2,000, the odd drink here and there will not send you off the rails on the scales or in terms off your head. But we all know that it’s not easy to stop at just one or two drinks is it. What with peer pressure, all
those invites to social events and just lounging around in the sun is enough for us to easily forget exactly how much booze we are putting into our bodies. But here are some things you need to consider to keep you on the right track and to keep that belly fat at bay.
If you order a beer on tap, you’re clearly going to get a pint but to keep the cals low you could opt for a bottle which is 330ml compared to 568ml. so you can easily shave off a few cals there. The same goes for glasses of wine. The size varies from pub to pub with 125, 175 and 250ml portions. So be sure of how large your serving is.
Did you order a vodka and lemonade, gin and tonic? Don’t forget that most mixers contain added sugar from soft drinks or juices. You may think juices are better than fizzy drinks but don’t be fooled (for some reason I had an image of Mr T then! 🙂 ) as
juices are just as bad as they are often made of high fructose. Opt for diet
versions of sodas and steer clear of cocktails. Bloody Mary’s are a good choice
if you can stomach them. They’re clearly lower in calories and you get the
added benefits of tomatoes which contain good old lycopene.
How many drinks are you having? One, two, three, or many more? Sure, as I said you can easily fit in the odd glass of wine, a beer and a couple of spirits comfortably into your daily intake of calories but you may just forget how many drinks you have downed if you’re having a session. So be aware of exactly how many you are having as we all know how one drink turns into six don’t we?! 🙂
Wine will give you the most nutrients per calorie especially red wine. Spirits with fruit juice will give you some benefits but only if there is no added sugar. If you fancy being Tom Cruise, you could perhaps squeeze some fresh fruit into that cocktail while entertaining at that all important barbecue. This way you get the fibre and health benefits of fresh fruits that you won’t get from cartons. Also no matter how tempting it is, don’t drink on an empty stomach. Also pre-plan for any munchies. We all know alcohol
sends signals to your brain to eat your body weight in food. So why not prepare some crudities and dips or a stir fry you can heat up when the urge strikes. So yes the answer is that you can enjoy a drink or two without messing up your healthy eating regime. With a little pre-planning and knowledge, you can have your drink and er …drink it!
Right, whose round is it? 🙂