Are you starting a diet? Are you counting calories? Well, then alcohol is not the diet liquid you would like to have. Some would say that the key is in moderation, but truth is – alcohol and weight gain are correlated.
Yes, red wine contains anti-oxidants and might have some healthy aspects but when one relates it to weight gain – a glass contains about 150 calories. If your diet is based on counting calories, then if you drink a glass you would have to lose these calories either by exercise or by giving up something else in the same amount of calories. Usually while consuming alcohol during a meal, people tend to consume approximately 20 percent more calories, perhaps because of a drunken judgement or the fact that alcohol hampers satiety. Although alcohol might not contain fat, (not talking about liquors and cocktails but distilled spirits), it contains calories – 7 per gram, which is more than carbohydrates and proteins – which contain 4 calories per gram).
Alcohol and Weight Gain go Together Like Hangover and Head Pain
In order to give you an idea here are some drinks and the calories that they are containing:
- 1 beer can : 135-145 calories (12oz)
- 1 light beer can: 101 calories (12 oz)
- 1 shot (spirits such as vodka, gin, whiskey): 97 calories (1.5 oz)
- 1 Cosmopolitan : 143 calories (6 oz)
- 1 Pina colada : 262 calories(4.5 oz)
- 1 Martini – 135 calories(2.2 oz)
Do not reward yourself with a drink, like a dog with a cookie after a hard workout. Keep in mind how many calories you lost and how difficult that was in relation with how much you will get by drinking. Before drinking, check how many calories you are planning to insert in your body on Calorie Counter.
The question is: do you drink only one beer? You could easily add to 300 calories and get that beer belly, which means half an hour of jogging to burn those calories.
There are also studies which show that alcohol and weight gain are connected through increased appetite while drinking. It is easier to resist tasty food sober, but when you are in a party and consuming alcohol, then it more tempting, plus the appetite increases (at least in short period of time) which results with adding up those calories.
Another correlation between alcohol and weight gain is the day after drinking. Can you exercise with a hangover? Most of the people are too exhausted and dehydrated to jog or do a workout. This makes it harder for keeping up with the diet plan and the self-discipline.
Although the ideal solution to alcohol and weight gain is to just stop drinking, we know that this is very difficult. Firstly, you need to be aware of how many calories is your favourite drink containing. By being aware, one could avoid the high-calorie alcohols such as cocktails (Long Island Iced Tea – up to 800 calories or margaritas – up to 700 calories) and stick to a glass of wine that contains around 70 calories. Keep water as your favourite and essential drink close to you while you are consuming alcohol. This will be helpful in a way that you stay hydrated and you get full with water in between the drinks so you do not drink as much. Also it might keep you away from the next day’s hangover. Have in mind your goals, your workouts and although the resisting will be difficult you will be grateful the morning after when you will be able to continue your daily routine.
However, this doesn’t mean not to enjoy a drink or two sometimes, since yes the key is in moderation. There are also health benefits of consuming wine for example, although weight gaining is obviously not one of them. As long as the drinking is not heavily which causes serious illnesses and, in small quantities like a glass or two, it is fine.