When you’re trying to lose weight (which, let’s face it, at this time of year after the indulgences of the Holidays, most people are), alcohol can be a key contributor to helping you achieve your goal. That is, by not drinking any.
Yes, I’m sorry, but that’s the dirty truth. Not only does alcohol add empty calories to your diet, but the more you drink the more your inhibitions drop and the more likely you are to make other poor nutritional choices.
The lowest calorie drink you can consume is generally a clear spirit such as gin or vodka and diet tonic water. These come in at around 70 calories a glass. Remember though, that’s based on bar measures. When pouring at home people tend to be a little more generous. If you choose a beer or sugary cocktail such as a Long Island Ice Tea or a Margarita your calories rapidly skyrocket to over 700 per serving! That’s half a days worth of calories for some.
Aside from this is the additional problem that having only one drink is often not enough, and with every additional drink the salty bar snacks or the pizza shop on the way home start to look increasingly tempting.
There are many people who take the opportunity in January to abstain from alcohol for a month to detox themselves after the excesses of the holiday period. If this isn’t your thing, at least cutting your alcohol consumption to no more than once or twice a week will help you immeasurably in your weight loss journey.
By reducing your calorie intake by 3,500 calories a week you lose 1lb of fat. By cutting one pint of beer a day or a large glass of wine you will save approximately 1,750 a week. That’s ½ a pound without making any other lifestyle changes.
So next time you’re reaching for a glass of wine after a hard day at work, it might be worth considering what will make you feel better in the long term, a glass of wine, or a slimmer silhouette.
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