How much calories really are in alcohol?

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

Dieters beware!

Alcohol contains calories, and depending on the drink, lots of them. All too often we don’t register the calories in beverages the same way we would for let’s say, a fudge brownie. Alcohol also has the added bonus of acting as an appetite stimulant in addition to weakening our resolve to eat moderately and make wise food choices ;) .

Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines were amended recently to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harm. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Women: Limit drinks to 10 a week, no more than 2 drinks per day, but not everyday
  • Men: Limit drinks to 15 a week, no more than 3 drinks a day, but not everyday

The calories in alcohol can really add up and could easily derail your weight loss plan. Here are some tips to keep the calories from alcohol in check:

  • Choose lower-calorie beverages like a wine spritzer (95 kcals), light beer (65-100 kcals), glass of wine (120 kcals) or a mixed drink with a calorie-free mixer like soda water, crystal light, or diet pop (100 kcals)
  • Don’t be fooled by tonic-It has as many calories as coke or juice. Try club soda or San Pellagrino instead—both are calorie-free!
  • Slow your pace.  Try and limit your drinks to 1 alcoholic drink per hour by opting for a glass of water or soda between drinks.