Calories in Alcohol – Should You Be Worried?

Calories in Alcohol – Should You Be Worried?

If weight loss (or optimising your general health) is a priority, you’ll need to think about more than just what you’re eating, and take into account what you’re drinking as well. This post will explore which alcoholic drinks are the worst offenders and which drinks you could choose instead, plus read on for 5 top tips for reducing calories from alcohol.

 

Is alcohol standing in the way of your health goals?

Calories in alcohol are often overlooked and when considering your daily caloric intake, it’s easy to forget about or disregard any liquid calories.

Unlike, protein, carbohydrates and fats, alcohol cannot be stored in the liver. Drinking large quantities of alcoholic beverages places considerable stress on the digestive system and the liver and can actually slow down your metabolism (as your body has to prioritise breaking down alcohol over its other duties such as burning calories) – in addition to the high calorie content of the drinks themselves.

 

What are the worst offenders in terms of calories?

Alcoholic drinks contain considerably more calories than many of us might think, with a gin and tonic at 140 calories, a double vodka coke at 168 calories and a pint of 5% beer at 239 calories, around the same as a standard size Mars Bar. According to the NHS website, drinking 5 pints of lager a week equates to an additional 44,200 calories in a year – which is the same as eating 221 doughnuts.

 

Do alcohol calories really settle around the belly/waist?

As well as the high calorie content of alcohol itself, at 7 calories per gram, extra calories can be piled on in mixer drinks such as coca cola or cocktails laden with added sugar and syrups. Studies have shown that “beer belly” is a real issue, with beer consumption linked to increased waist circumference. However, it’s not necessarily the beer itself, but rather the excess calories, that can increase fat around the middle.

 

Top tips for lowering alcohol calories:

👉🏼 The obvious one is the reduce the amount of drinks you’re having!

👉🏼 If you’re drinking white wine, pour a smaller glass and top it up with a large splash of sparkling water. You’ll slash the calories, stay hydrated and make your drink last longer too.

👉🏼 Skip the sweet mixers like juice and sugary drinks, in favour of sparkling water and a big squeeze of fresh lime.

👉🏼 Keep an eye out for serving sizes and opt for the smaller option where possible.

👉🏼 Consume a balanced meal before a night of drinking in order to keep your hunger at bay, so you don’t end up making unhealthy choices later on.

 

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References:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-advice/calories-in-alcohol/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-advice/calories-in-alcohol/

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