When most people embark on a weight loss journey, they immediately think that they need to cut out alcohol. While consuming alcohol can negatively affect weight loss, it is mostly because people fail to understand that weight loss is dependent on a simple factor…
Calories in vs. calories out.
If you intend to lose fat, you must be in a calorie deficit, meaning that you must burn more calories than you are consuming. When it comes to alcohol, many people do not realise that alcohol contains 7 calories per 1 gram. Therefore, alcohol should be tracked accordingly as a part of your calorie intake. Like food, if alcohol is not accounted for in your calorie intake, these extra calories consumed from the alcohol will reduce or blow out your calorie deficit, and this will most certainly affect your progress.
If you know you are going out with friends and you are likely to drink alcohol, plan for what you think you will drink, and how many calories you should keep aside from your daily calorie intake so it does not affect your progress. Set yourself an alcohol budget at or below 200 calories and make sure you stick to it!
Track your alcohol intake
Educate yourself on the number of calories contained in alcohol. When accounting for alcohol, it is best to “take these calories” from your carbohydrate calories, rather than protein or fat, as carbohydrates are a non-essential macronutrient. You will be able to find almost all alcoholic beverages in a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal.
Alternate between an alcoholic beverage and water
Alcohol has a diuretic effect – it acts on the kidneys to make you pass more fluid than you take in – which is why you need to go to the toilet so often when you drink. As a result, we can become dehydrated quite quickly. By making sure you drink a large glass of water between each alcoholic beverage, you will help your body to stay hydrated.
Avoid higher calories mixed drink
Cocktails are often the worse culprits here. You may be surprised to know just how many calories are in ONE of these alcoholic drinks – more calories than 1-2 meals worth of food! • 300ml Margarita – 550 calories
• 350ml Piña Colada – 586 calories
• 175ml Mud Slide – 556 calories
• 300ml Long Island Iced Tea – 543 calories
Avoid these high-calorie cocktails and mixed drinks and choose soda water or a diet soft drink as a mixer to reduce calories.
Choose lower calorie alcohol alternatives
Be smart with your choice of alcohol. The following are better choices to make: • Red or white wine: 150ml – 125 calories, 4g carbohydrate
• Light beer: 350ml – 100 calories, 5g carbohydrate
• Champagne: 150ml – 100 calories, 1g carbohydrate
• Vodka, whiskey, rum or gin: 45ml – 96 calories, 0g carbohydrate
Drink responsibly! Don’t just slam down drink after drink. Take the time to enjoy your alcoholic beverage. As a result, the drink will last longer, and you will consume less over time!
Disclaimer: The above article is merely a guide and is in no way a recommendation or a treatment protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training or nutritional strategy. Supplementation should not be attempted by pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone on prescription medication or children under the age of 15 unless advised by your qualified health care provider. The above article has been taken from www.bodyscience.com.au
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