Alcohol and dieting don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Many of the alcoholic drinks we like are packed with empty calories, sugar, and carbs. This can make losing weight quite difficult.
Let’s take a look at why this is the case.
Calories In Beverages Can Play A Major Role In Dieting And Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might be keeping a close eye on carbs and fat. If so, you’re probably looking at it from the perspective of your food intake rather than the beverages you consume.
But you can’t ignore the calories you get from drinks – whether they’re alcoholic beverages, or anything else.
Calories from alcohol, soda, juice, energy drinks, and other sugary beverages can really ruin a healthy diet and make it more difficult to reach weight loss goals.
Studies show that people on a diet don’t tend to compensate for the liquid calories they consume the same way they compensate for calories from food.
However, calories are calories so if you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll need to consider what you’re drinking as well.1
Check The Calorie Content Of Your Favorite Cocktails
When you’re out having a good time, your diet might be the last thing that crosses your mind. But the alcohol content of those drinks you consume could play a role in packing on belly fat and damaging your overall health.
The FDA now requires restaurant chains with 20 or more locations to provide information on the calorie content of alcoholic drinks they serve.2
So, if you are going to have a drink, check the calorie content on the menu.
If you want a frozen margarita at TGI Friday’s, for example, that will contain about 400 calories. Nutrition experts typically recommend that people consume no more than a total of 2,000 calories each day.3
However, if you’re trying to lose weight, you might need to consume less than 2,000 calories in order to reach a calorie deficit.
Consult with your doctor about your weight loss goals and recommended calorie intake.
Be Careful When Ordering Alcoholic Beverages
If you’re really serious about reaching your weight loss goals and supporting your overall health, its best to avoid alcohol altogether.
But if you must drink, opt for something lower in calories and carbs and avoid adding any sugary mixers.
And remember, moderation is key.
Talk to your doctor about your goals, and about how alcohol may or may not fit into your plan. Drinking too much can ruin a lot more than your diet plan.
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