Research is continually being conducted on the impact of alcohol calories on weight loss, as alcoholic beverages are a regular part of the lifestyles of many people – particularly at social events – and a better understanding of the way that its consumption affects the waistline can help people to make better decisions when they are trying to lose or maintain their weight.
What the most recent studies are now indicating is that it is not simply specific drinks that contribute to an expanding waistline. Instead there may be multiple factors at play. For example, beer has been linked to beer bellies, but what about a glass of wine? This is often considered to be confusing, as other studies suggest that a glass of red wine with a meal every day may have some important health benefits.
When considering an alcoholic beverage in terms of its impact on weight, try not to think only about its alcohol content. Factor in other issues such as calories per ounce, and what you will typically eat when you have that drink. After all, if you enjoy wine and cheese, or beer with cheese nachos, that will certainly have a higher caloric impact than if you drank a pina colada and raw veggies, despite the fact that the latter beverage has the largest number of calories, by far.
Consider the following alcohol calories counts for the beverages you love the most:
• Beer – Approximately 12.5 calories per ounce. This means that the average 12 ounce glass of beer contains about 150 calories. Light beers, on the other hand, are better alternatives as they average around 100 calories per glass. Take care with the snacks you choose to enjoy alongside this drink.
• Red Wine – Approximately 25 calories per ounce. This means that the average 5 ounce glass contains about 125 calories. This is considered to be a great drink because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can promote better cardiovascular health. However, take care with the number of glasses you drink, as the drawbacks of this beverage negate the benefits after one and a half to two glasses per day.
• Margarita – Approximately 46.5 calories per ounce. This means that the average 6 ounce glass has about 280 calories. Be careful with your calorie and sodium levels with this drink. Not only is the glass rimmed with salt, but salty snacks can also be hard to resist while drinking it. Have only one and enjoy homemade guacamole with toasted tortilla wedges as an alternative to bags of nachos.
• Pina Colada – Approximately 76.5 calories per ounce. This means that the average 6 ounce glass has about 460 calories. The ingredients – such as coconut and pineapple juice – are very high in sugar and calories.