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Weight Loss and Alcohol Do Not Mix - Are You Drinking Your Calories

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You’re working out and eating right. Everyone deserves the time to enjoy themselves but do you know how much your liquid enjoyment is costing you in calories?

Perhaps you are nearing the end of a long day. While making your homemade pasta sauce you want to sip a glass of wine and relax. Or, maybe it's Friday night happy hour at your favorite mexican restaurant and your mouth waters for a margarita. It could be a sunny afternoon and as you fire up the grill an icy cold beer sounds refreshing. Before you start chilling that pilsner glass, check out the calories involved in consuming your favorite drinks.

These are approximate calorie counts for 12 ounces of some common drinks. (Typically one bottle of beer and maybe 2 glasses of wine.)

Red wine 240-300 calories
White wine 225-266 calories
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Corona 157.5 calories
Budwelser 140 calories
Miller Genuine Draft Beer 150.5 calories
Bud Lite Beer 105 calories
Miller Lite Beer 108.5 calories
Red Hook-Slim Chance Beer 125 calories
Bloody Mary 195 calories
Cosmopolitan (2.5 ounces) 150 calories
Margarita (the big 12 ounce size) 500-696 calories

One nightly glass of wine could add up to more than 700 extra calories a week! Keep it up and that could potentially result in more than 10 added pounds a year! But before you throw away your corkscrew, take a look at how the calories compare with different alcohol and that may help you decide where you want to spend your drinking calories.

As I began to research, I found that I needed to play close attention to the quantity of the drink. One Web site listed a red wine at 25 calories per one fluid ounce (29.5g) and white wine at 89 calories per glass (120.0 g equals less than a four-ounce glass). This was same Web site! It makes it hard to compare. I also found a great beer Web site but it listed all the calories in 100 ml which equals 3.381 fluid ounces. So at first glance, a Samuel Adams Boston Lager doesn’t seem that bad at 50 calories but when you see the per 100 ml, you realize that a 12 ounce bottle is about 175 calories.

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This is a fun drink calculator. It tells you in food terms how much you consume when you drink. For eample, last night I had one small wine and a double measure vodka soda ehich is the equivalent to two onion bhajis and two chocolatey cakes.....about 225 calories! Interesting!

February 20, 2010 - 7:02pm

Thank you Susan for posting this!

I can't tell you how many times I hear people complaining about lack of weight loss after working our 3-4 times a week and eating moderately. What they don't realize is that the one or two nights a week that they are out getting drunk out of their minds they have probably consumed over 1000 calories! I wish more people would realize that alcohol, no matter which form consumed, contains PLENTY of calories. Just because it's liquid doesn't mean it is water.

Thanks again.

February 5, 2010 - 10:12am
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