Alcohol, Christmas and Your Weight – Part 2

Last week my blog focused on the reasons why drinking alcohol can put a serious dent in your weight loss efforts (see here: https://loseweightwithsue.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/alcohol-christmas-and-your-weight-it-isnt-a-good-combination-part-1/ ).  But let’s face it – it is the time of year when you want to have some ‘Christmas cheer’, so what would be your ‘poison’ of choice?  This week, I will outline the drinks that you should choose in order to have minimal damage to your waistline.          

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The general rule of thumb is simple:  the higher the alcohol content of the drink, the more calories it will contain.  This is because 1 gram of alcohol contains 7 calories and, as we learned last week, these are ‘empty’ calories with NO nutritional value.  For example, a full-strength stubby of beer contains 145 cals whereas the same sized stubby of light beer only contains 100 calories.  If wine is more your thing, there is a wide-variety of low-alcohol wines on the market which are excellent for those watching their weight e.g. Lindermans’ ‘Light Harvest’ range is 25% lower in alcohol than standard wines.  Alternatively, you can halve your caloric intake when drinking wine by pouring yourself only a half glass and topping up with soda water!  Half wine & soda is the perfect drop for Festive Season celebrations.

If spirits are more your thing, then there are certainly ways you can indulge without packing on the pounds.  First things first:  DO NOT DRINK PRE-MIXED CANS OF SPIRITS!  Most of them are full of sugar due to the soft drinks they are mixed with.  Did you know that one can of Bundaberg Rum & Coke contain 250 calories?  EEK, talk about a sugar overdose!  However, if you prepared your own mix of Bundaberg Rum and Diet coke (with a standard nip of rum), the same drink would only be 65 calories.  Diet soft drinks and soda water are perfect, 0-calorie mixers and, even better, just go for a half nip of spirits when making your own to halve your calorie content.

Most importantly, you need to pace yourself when indulging in a few Christmas drinks.  The best way to do this is to have a glass of water between drinks.  This is a sure-fire way to ‘slow down’ your drinking rate and therefore, decrease your overall calorie intake.

At The Natural Way, we are dedicated to educating you in making the healthiest choices so once you reach your goal weight; you know how to keep it off.  If you are sick of ‘dieting’ and want a program that can give you lifetime success, then you need to call your nearest clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663).  We have been helping Australians lose weight for 35 years and we know we have the BEST program to help you to lose weight and keep it off – FOREVER!

Visit our website:  www.thenaturalway.com.au

 

 

About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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