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We Need a No-Booze Diet

We are past the usual New Year’s Resolution ads for all of the weight loss helpers. You can always count on seeing Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-System and at least two local gyms/fitness centers putting their ads over the TV and radio as the year begins. Lots of people give it a go, but several months later are still struggling with their weight.

In our state, where obesity is a problem, the number of calories in a drink is another factor to be considered before one indulges. So how many calories are we talking about, anyway?

Probably more than was in the dessert that you skipped, or the fast food burger place that you passed on the way to the restaurant. Here are some examples:

For 12 ounces: Regular beer:150; Light beer:100
For 10 ounces: Daiquiri:300;Long Island Iced Tea: 580;Pina Colada: 550
For 8 ounces:Eggnog:350;Margarita:420;Screwdriver: 190; White Russian:500
For 6 ounces: Martini:280; Wine:120
For 1.5 ounces: Shot of liquor100; Kahlua140

Since the alcohol doesn’t fill you up, but does affect your thinking, drinking it can lead you to overeat as well.

Knowledge is power, and so with knowing the calorie contents, people can choose to skip the alcohol, or at least go for one that has lower calories. Sipping slowly and cutting back on the number of drinks consumed during a meal is a wise choice as well.
Another choice is to mix your drink with water, seltzer or ice rather than the calorie-filled mixers, soda, or juice.

Do take care, though! Over in Massachusetts there was just a story about “Drunkorexia:” which is defined as cutting back on food intake so as to be able to spend all of one’s calories on alcoholic beverages instead. It’s not a smart idea, as the lack of food in one’s system makes for faster absorption and makes a person far more likely to succumb to alcohol poisoning. It also will impair you earlier on, as it heads for the bloodstream more quickly.

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