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Is Alcohol Sabotaging Your Diet?

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With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, the food and dessert menus for your dinner line-up can cause you to put on those few extra-unwanted pounds.

Unfortunately for some of us, with great food comes great alcohol. The temptation to consume a large amount of alcohol with family and friends can seem quite enticing, but keeping a few facts in mind as you reach for that fourth mimosa, could very well be the deciding factor on whether you turn a few pounds into a few dozen.

In this day and age, alcohol has become embedded in our culture as a way to intensify our enjoyment as we cut loose on a Friday night and interact socially with one another.

But what most people don’t know is, alcohol – when not consumed in moderation (1-2 drinks a few times a week) – can counteract your body’s ability to lose weight.

According to WebMD, it’s difficult for the body to turn the calories from alcohol into viable energy. This usually means that those calories are converted into fat.

So what’s a vodka drinking or beer-guzzling weight-conscious person to do? Below are a few tips to ward-off those extra fat calories during the holiday season:

1.) Consider alcoholic beverages as a “treat,” instead of a daily indulgence.
2.) Eat before drinking. If your body appears full, you’ll be less likely to over-consume in the “spirits” department.
3.) Make better beverages choices. Consider certain beers, mixed drinks, and wines as a way to decrease the empty carb and alcohol calories from your cocktail.

Also, making the decision to switch to a light beer or certain white wines can make all the difference down the road.

Beers (12 oz.) Calories/Carbohydrates

Coors Original 149 12.2g

Coors Light 102 5g

Miller High Life 143 13.1g

Miller Lite 96 3.2g

Budweiser 145 10.6g

Bud Light 110 4.2

Wine (1-cup) Calories/Carbohydrates

Dry White Wine 158 1.5g

Medium White Wine 160 1.9g

Red Wine 170 4g

Sweet Dessert Wine 362 28g

When it comes down to the nitty-gritty of it all, if you’re concerned with the lasting effects of alcohol on your body, it’s best to drink in moderation or not at all.

There’s no harm in having a good time, but in the risk of overdoing it, less is always more.

Be safe and drink responsibly.

Happy holidays.

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