One for the road?

by Admin

Posted on Mar 8, 2019, 12:38 PM

One for the road?

We all know alcohol isn’t the best thing for us. But, it doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a drink (or three) every now and then. The key is knowing which drinks are the best option in terms of fitting in with nutrition and fitness goals as well as your overall health.

Drinking too much alcohol can leave you feeling bloated, dried out, and hung over. It can also hinder your fat loss goals. However, the kind of alcoholic beverages you drink can reduce those side effects — or it could greatly increase them.

Put the Beer Bottle Down

So what is the worst think for calories? Beer. Beer, everyone’s favourite, tops the list as the worst alcoholic beverage for you. The yeast, grains, gluten, and calories in beer make it a recipe for becoming bloated and inflamed. For each bottle you drink, you’re ingesting around 144-220 calories. Most of those calories come in the form of alcohol and carbs.

Alcohol is an “empty calorie,” which means its nutrient deficient and just a unit of energy for your body to use. The problem is when you drink beer, or sugary drinks, you’re ingesting not only the calories from alcohol, but also calories from the added carbs/sugars. Each drink is calorie-packed and nutrient-deficient – so those couple of beers could put a real stress on your waistline and your health.

Wine Isn’t So Great, Either

Wine isn’t as bad as beer – but it’s still not great. Red wine is your best option. It has more polyphenols(antioxidants) than white wine and has been shown to have some positive effects on heart health when consumed in moderation.

The problem with wine is much the same as beer, the added calories. One five-ounce glass of wine contains around 125 calories, and in wine it comes in the form of sugars. Wine is made from grapes, grapes are fruit, and fruit contains natural sugars. Much like beer, your body now has to burn off the alcohol and carbs from the wine before it can burn off any fat you’re storing, making it tough on your waistline.

Wine is still better than beer, but it’s not the best.

The Best Choice You Can Make

The best form of alcohol, from a calorie perspective, are the classic spirits. We’re talking about tequila, rum, vodka, whiskey, and gin. One ounce of any of those classic spirits contains around 64 calories, most of which come from the alcohol content.

When you’re having more than one or two drinks, that calorie difference between spirits and wine or beer is huge. The problem with spirits is people tend to mix them with sugary fillers that boost the calories. Once you add juice, soda, bar mixes, and simple syrups, it makes the cocktail just as bad as beer or wine – if not worse. So unless you’re drinking straight shots, use diet mixers without calories such as diet coke or slimline tonic. That way you can enjoy some drinks without consuming to many calories. 

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