Alcohol’s Hidden Calories

Alcohols Hidden Calories

Did you know a standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate? Alcohol has no real nutritional value, but you still need to count the calories, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

As a general rule, drinks with more alcohol will carry more calories. Pure alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. Additional calories can be in added mixer drinks, such as cola or tonic water.

It’s not recommended to consume more than one glass of alcohol for women and two for men per day.

Tips to avoid weight gain:

  • Alternate an alcoholic drink with a glass of water – this will help to prevent you becoming dehydrated.
  • Do not drink on an empty stomach. If you do reach for snacks while drinking, choose a healthier option.
  • Drinking in rounds can mean you end up drinking more than you intended. Instead, drink at your own pace.
  • Try cutting down with a friend, as you’ll be more likely to stick to it with moral support.
  • Eat a healthy dinner before you start drinking so you’re not tempted to go for less healthy options later in the evening.
  • Pace yourself by taking small sips.
  • Avoid “binge drinking” – it’s not advisable to “save up” your units to splurge at the weekend.
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