If you want to lose weight – or at least not put on too much extra weight – there is one thing you can do that is almost certain to help. That’s right: cutting alcohol for weight loss is inevitable. It is very obvious when you think about it, and arguably not that easy, but it will give positive results, and perhaps it might not have occurred to you before.
No one needs a lecture about why alcohol is bad for your health but I think a lot of you don’t realise how consuming alcohol affects your diet and your weight loss. Or your weight gain, more accurately. How to avoid weight gain at home? Cut back on the booze now.
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Long term weight loss is only achievable with a combination of a healthy (not calorie-restricted!) diet and exercising. That said, especially now that we often stay indoors for longer than we used to, eating the same amount of food as before will result in weight gain. We simply burn less calories when we don’t walk everywhere. No news there. Avoiding these 5 types of food can also help you lose weight faster.
How many calories are in alcohol?
There are a lot of misconceptions about alcohol and as I mentioned above, I’m not here to lecture anyone about just how bad it is to consume alcoholic beverages. Sure, some types of alcohols contain certain micronutrients (like minerals) that can be beneficial for health, but this doesn’t outweigh the negative effects of these drinks.
One very important thing to realise about alcohol is that it is basically pure carbohydrate. Carbs are one of the three main macronutrients your body needs to function; the other two are lipids (fats) and protein. This doesn’t mean your body needs alcohol to function, on the contrary. Drinking alcohol adds nothing to your diet, alcohol calories are just ’empty calories’.
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Just how many calories, though? There are a few options that are considered ‘low-calorie’ drinks, like vodka and diet coke. Although diet coke can be considered free of calories (still pretty bad in every way) a double shot (50 ml) of vodka contains over 100 calories. You would have to run 10 minutes to burn off those calories and that is just one drink.
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How about beer? A small bottle (12 oz/355 ml) of Goose Island IPA is 208 calories, twice as much as what’s in a double shot vodka plus diet coke combo. And whoever has only one small bottle of beer when they drink? That’s right, no one.
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Maybe wine? A bottle (750 ml) of Cabernet Sauvignon is just under 600 calories, meaning that two medium glasses (approx. 175 ml) contain around 250-300 calories.
Calories in different alcoholic drinks
We used the Drinkaware Unit and Calorie Calculator to calculate the below numbers.
Type of alcohol
- Beer (pint): 182 calories
- Cider (pint): 216 calories
- Wine (175 ml/medium glass): 159 calories
- Champagne (125 ml glass): 89…