Alcohol and your weight loss plan

Fitting in alcohol into a weight loss plan isn't impossible, you just have to be smart about your drink choices.
Fitting in alcohol into a weight loss plan isn't impossible, you just have to be smart about your drink choices.

With the holidays just around the corner, many people concerned with weight loss nutrition may be wondering how the festivities of the season (read: eating, drinking and being merry) will affect the progress they have already made with their green coffee diet.

Many of us like to meet up with friends after work for happy hour, have a few beers while watching the game or celebrate birthdays, weddings and other special occasions with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Food often pairs well with alcohol - especially wine and beer - which is why many people decide to have drinks with their meal to heighten the experience of dining out.

However, despite the benefits of drinking alcohol, there are also some downsides to this festive tradition, especially if you are on a weight loss plan. Here are some facts that can help you determine how alcohol fits into dieting.

Calorie content
According to Fit Day, the calorie breakdown for alcoholic beverages is as follows:

It's important to note that these estimations are not scientific, especially if you are dining out. Let's say you meet up with friends at a sports bar to watch the game and order a draft beer. Many times, the bartender is going to serve you a mug that it much larger than 12 ounces, making it hard to track calories. The same is true with wine and liquor.

Mixers also play a key role in alcohol and calorie count. For instance, if you order a whiskey and ginger ale or a vodka and cranberry juice, the calorie content in your drink will obviously be much more than just 65 calories - especially if you order the sweet stuff. If you have more than one, you can see how alcohol can really add extra calories to your overall diet plan.

Not all cocktails are the same
There are also health benefits and downsides to your cocktail of choice. For example, red wine will give you nutrients, but it is best to enjoy your glasses in moderation. You will also find many more nutrients from fresh fruit juice mixers rather than opting for the pasteurized types. Dark, rich beers such as porters will also have more calories than a standard pilsner, if you are more of a beer drinker. No matter what kind of drink in which you wish to imbibe in, it is important to realize that cocktails play a role in your daily eating habits just as much as your cuisine choice.

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David Johnson

+David Johnson is a true health enthusiast and is someone who is passionate about educating others on weight loss, fitness and healthy eating. He believes that with proper exercise, healthy eating and natural supplements you can avoid 70% of illnesses and also improve confidence and self esteem. "Everyone needs to find their balance in life and be able to enjoy everything life has to offer, including great food, and maintain a healthy lifestyle".