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Thirsty Thursday

Let’s talk about alcohol and weight loss. If you are trying to lose weight, drinking alcohol may not be the best idea.  Alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, which is considerably more than the 4 cal/g carbohydrate and protein. Now  that may not seem like a lot you, but it is when you consider that alcohol has nothing else to contribute nutrition-wise.

Here are some facts about alcohol and weight loss:

  • Alcohol is not a carbohydrate.
  • Your body processes alcohol first, before fat, protein, or carbs. Thus drinking slows down the burning of fat. This could account for the weight gain seen in some studies.
  • Hard liquor is distilled and thus contains no carbohydrates. The current “Zero Carb” campaign for vodka and whiskey is crap and may encourage mindless consumption. It’s like bragging that a candy bar is “cholesterol-free.”
  • When grapes are made into wine, most of the fruit sugars (carbs) convert to alcohol, but a few carbs remain. A 5-ounce glass of wine typically contains 110 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates, and about 13 grams of alcohol (which accounts for 91 of the calories). A 5-ounce glass of wine supplies roughly the same amount of alcohol and number of calories as a 12-ounce light beer or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.
  • Beer, too, contains carbohydrates. The new low-carb beers are not new at all, though this type of beer does indeed have fewer carbs. Low-carb beers are simply the old light beers with a new label and ad campaign. The old Miller Lite has 96 calories and 3.2 grams of carbs in 12 ounces. The “low-carb” Michelob Ultra has 96 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs. Coors Lite has 102 calories and 5 grams of carbs. The differences are tiny—hardly worth mentioning. In contrast, a regular beer has 13 grams of carbs and 150 calories.  (bullet points provided by shapefit.com)
The point is that when you are trying to lose weight, you do not need these empty calories. Empty because they do absolutely nothing for you, and actually hurt the fat burning process.
If you do feel the need to drink here are some low calorie cocktails and a chart for the carb content of some alcoholic beverages. Remember though, just because it it low in carbs, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS HEALTHY. DO NOT GET THOSE FACTS CONFUSED. The amount of calories in alcoholic beverages comes from the alcohol not the carbs. These drinks are still fairly high in calories, and we all know that you don’t drink just one. (And not to mention whatever it is that you mix them with….and the fact that you eat more when you drink. Bar food is a horrible weight loss deterrent.)

Top 5 Low Calorie Cocktails To Drink

#1. LIGHT BEER (12 ounce bottle):

  • Calories: 110
  • Carbs: 4.5 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams

#2. CHAMPAGNE (4.2 ounce glass):

  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 1.6 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0.3 grams

#3. RED or WHITE WINE (4.2 ounce glass):

  • Calories: 80
  • Carbs: 1.5 gram
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams

#4. JACK DANIELS (single shot):

  • Calories: 55
  • Carbs: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams

#5. VODKA (single shot):

  • Calories: 55
  • Carbs: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
Alcohol Item (serving size)
Carbs (g)
Beer, regular (12 fl oz)
13g
Beer, light (12 fl oz)
4.5g
Wine, red (3.5 fl oz)
1.75g
Wine, rose (3.5 fl oz)
1.5
Wine, white (3.5 fl oz)
1g
Cider, dry (1 pint)
15g
Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whisky (1 fl oz)
0g
Sherry (2 fl oz)
3g
Port (2 fl oz)
6g
Guinness (1/2 pint)
4g
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