What is worse for your diet: A 1/2 cup scoop of ice cream or a beer? The truth might surprise you...
The ice cream has 137 calories while a beer has 160. And, you are far more likely to drink more than one beer at a time than you are to eat more ice cream. It seems that drinking excess calories is a lot easier than eating them.
When we look at a triple hamburger, a gooey dessert, or a bucket of fried chicken, we realize they are high in calories and we tell ourselves to enjoy just a taste or avoid them altogether, but that drink on the dinner table is also high in calories and can slip by without raising any red flags.
Alcoholic beverages can contain significant amount calories in relatively small portions. The list below has the average calories of common drinks:
- 12 oz. beer contains 160 calories
- 12 oz. light beer contains 100 calories
- 5 oz. glass of wine contains 120 calories
- 1 oz. of hard liquor contains 75 calories
- Mixed drinks and drinks with fruit juices and sugar can really get you into trouble.
- 6 oz. Margarita contains 400 calories
- 7 oz. Pina Colada contains 600 calories
Both of those two drinks contain enough calories to count as an entire meal – unfortunately without the nutritional value.
Alcohol and Weight Loss Warning
Alcohol can pose special challenges. Alcohol tends to increase appetite, decrease inhibitions, and reduces our ability to reason. As a result we tend to eat a lot more when we are drinking. Unfortunately, chips, pretzels, chicken wings, pizza, and other high-calorie choices are the foods that always seem to be nearby when alcohol is around, not carrots, berries, or apples.
What happens when increased appetite, decreased inhibition, and high calorie foods come together? A very high-calorie meal that can have a big impact on your diet.
Should you stay away from alcohol completely when you are trying to lose weight? For most people, the answer is no. Just remember to treat alcohol like any other celebratory food or treat. Enjoy it occasionally, and in moderation, so you can stay on track to your goal.
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