Happy Hour and Your Waistline: Is Drinking Alcohol Slowing Your Weight Loss?

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Drinking alcohol isn’t just taxing on your liver, it also can do damage to your waistline. Alcohol also makes it a little harder to resist tempting trigger foods like the late night drive-through, or slices of greasy pizza. About 38 million Americans are binge drinkers and out of that, most are between the ages of 18-24. Binge drinking is defined (for women) as those who consume four or more drinks at one time. If you enjoy a cocktail at happy hour you can do it with your diet intact, but binge drinking is one way to slow your weight loss progress.(1)

Pure alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram. Alcoholic beverages generally contain at least 100 calories and also contain carbohydrates. Here is a list of a few common cocktails and their carbohydrate content:

Alcohol Item (serving size) Carbs (g)
Beer, regular (12 fl oz) 13 g
Beer, light (12 fl oz) 4.5g
Wine, red (3.5 fl oz) 1.75g
Wine, rose (3.5 fl oz) 1.5g
Wine, white (3.5 fl oz) 1g
Cider, dry (1 pint) 15g
Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whisky (1 fl oz) 0g

Enjoying an adult beverage every now and again to celebrate shouldn’t be a crime but it can feel that way when you are on a diet. Here are the top 5 low-calorie alcoholic beverages, so you don’t have to sip water when out with friends, or celebrating with family and co-workers.

1. LIGHT BEER (12 ounce bottle)

Calories: 110
Carbs: 4.5 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams

2. CHAMPAGNE (4.2 ounce glass)

Calories: 95
Carbs: 1.6 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0.3 grams

3. RED or WHITE WINE (4.2 ounce glass)

Calories: 80
Carbs: 1.5 gram
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams

4. JACK DANIELS (single shot)

Calories: 55
Carbs: 0 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams

5. VODKA (single shot)

Calories: 55
Carbs: 0 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Protein: 0 grams

It’s always better not to overindulge in food, or alcohol. If you find yourself at a bar and don’t want to be impolite or are feeling anti-social, a glass of red wine is a great way to go. Red wine contains resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes that not only protects your heart and brain but can also help reduce inflammation.

Did You Know?

  • Hard liquor is distilled, and contains no carbohydrates.
  • When grapes are made into wine, few carbs remain.
  • Beer contains carbohydrates, and even most low-carb beer still has around 100 calories.
  • The body processes alcohol before fat, protein or carbs.
  • Alcohol slows the fat-burning process (2)

Always keep in mind that the first thing you need to do after a night out, is detox. The morning after drinking is a great time for SkinnyMs. Beverages like these. Want to get started on your detox? Try this SkinnyMs. Superfood Soothie! It’s delicious and loaded with antioxidants, so you can get back to feeling great.

References:

  1. http://bit.ly/LK2P4e
  2. http://www.shapefit.com/alcohol-calories.html

 

 

 

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