The new year is here and so are new year resolutions, one of the most common ones being to seriously, finally, lose some weight this year. As you may already know, weight loss has a lot to do with the food that you eat plus a little bit of exercise. But what about what you drink, such as (gasp) alcohol? Are there any connections between wine and weight loss?
Well, we have some good news and some bad news.
Alcohol can be full of sugar and fattening – a huge no-no for anyone on a diet plan.
The good news, though, is that not all alcohol are created equal.
So if you’re trying to lose weight and still want to enjoy the occasional drink, just be wise about which drinks to choose.
That’s what we want to share with you today – the best and worse alcohol for weight loss. You can thank us later 😉
The best alcohol for weight loss
Wine and Weight Loss
Red and white wine usually have 100 to 120 calories per class (for a standard glass), but research has shown before that people tend to over pour by 12%, which means you probably end up consuming more per glass.
But when it comes to choosing between red or white wine, we say go for white wine. White wine typically contains fewer carbohydrates than red, which makes a bit of difference when it comes to calories. Meanwhile, red wine is richer in antioxidants, and according to a 2014 study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, its ellargic acids may delay the growth of fat cells while slowing the development of new ones.
Get the most alcohol with the least calories when you drink straight liquors. Shots and straight booze on the rocks are the way to go. Calories and carbohydrates are similar with all hard liquor or have very little difference between them.
However, keep in mind that the sweeter the liquor, the more calories it typically contains. So, look for a lower calorie alternative. Avoid flavoured vodkas and spiced rums, and go for the original or plain versions.
If you want a flavour boost, try low-calorie mixers such as freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice to help improve the taste without adding calories.
Light beer have fewer calories and carbohydrates, with typically just 90 to 100 calories a bottle, or 55 to 65 calories in extra-light beer packs. However, this doesn’t mean you should have more beers than you typically would. They may pack less alcohol but they actually tend to have a higher percentage of calories coming from alcohol compared to standard brews.
The worst alcohol for weight loss
Cocktails are usually packed in sugar so avoid them at all costs. Even worse, when you drink a sweet alcoholic beverage, your body will be busy trying to metabolise the alcohol and won’t have time to metabolise your food and sugar. So, calories from sugar-laden drinks get stored as fat while your body is busy working with the alcohol.
High-Alcohol Craft Beers
Craft beers that are high in alcohol content are often high in calories so be very careful about choosing these. Remember that more alcohol means more calories; every gram of alcohol contains seven calories! Even worse… all that alcohol can lead to weight gain by making you hungrier.
So now that you know that wine and weight loss are a good combination, you can keep your new year resolution intact, have some alcohol and still enjoy yourself. Don’t forget your personal certified breathalyser with you when you go out for a drink!
Keep this list and be sure to share it with your friends and family.
You’re welcome 😉