Alcohol and Weight Loss

There are many misconceptions about alcohol and how it contributes to weight gain. This week, Mint Nutrition Clinic is talking about this topic and all the truths and myths surrounding it.

Alcohol and Weight Loss: The Facts

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram, and it can contribute to some weight gain. In general, there are about 100 calories in 1/2 cup of wine and 100 calories in 50 ml of various 40% spirits. Beer and cider have a bit more calories (about 200 for every 350 ml). 

In general, it is recommended that 6 unites of alcohol per week is considered moderate drinking. That can be 6 beers, or 6 50 ml shots, or 6 half cups of wine per week. 

An important fact about drinking alcohol and gaining weight is realizing that the eating behaviors before and after the drinking session, heavily impact the amount of actual weight gain. For instance, many individuals eat high calorie snacks with their alcohol and add a lot of sugar to their drinks. This increases the carbohydrate and fat content of the drinking session, and it can contribute to the weight gain that is seen while drinking and socializing. 

Also, many individuals eat high fatty and caloric foods after the drinking session. This also contributes to the notorious weight gain. Aim for 6 or less, units of alcohol per week, while avoiding too many additives and caloric dense foods. Drinking water while drinking is also very helpful (to stop the dehydration and water retention problems).

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