Monday, 2 December 2013

it's 5 o'clock somewhere

Now that the holidays are in full swing, it gets very difficult to follow a healthy diet. There are cookies and sweets everywhere and it always seems like someone is having a holiday party.

During this time of year, trying to lose weight is next to impossible.  Rather, its best to set a goal of weight maintenance without putting on any extra pounds.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to post quick blogs about tips on how to stay healthy/keep your weight in check during the holiday season. First item on my agenda is ALCOHOL!

When it comes to drinking during the holidays, moderation along with knowing whats in your drink is key.
(Moderate consumption is 1 drink/day for women and 2 drinks for men).  

Any hard alcohol such as gin, rum, whiskey, tequila or vodka will be approximately 97 calories per 1.5 oz (1 shot). If you are into mixed drinks, I recommend either using soda water, diet soda or soda water with a splash of your favorite juice (I love pineapple).

Aside from dessert wines such as port, most wines and sparkling wines will run between 118 - 129 calories per 5 oz. serving. While this is a reasonable amount of calories for 1 glass , the numbers do add up after multiple drinks so be cautious! When choosing a sparkling wine, look for the words "brut zero" or "extra brut". These bubbly drinks either have no additional sugar added (brut zero) or very minimal sugar added.

When it comes to beers, it really depends on your taste.  You could drink a couple of light beers at around 100 calories per bottle or have fewer "heavier" beers.  Many people find that they rather enjoy and savor the taste of a good beer over drinking something that tastes light and watered down. I know that's what I would prefer!  Just a note, many non-light beers can run between 150-200 calories per bottle.  One beer, however, throws everyone a curve ball.  Guinness Draught beer is only 125 calories per bottle. A win-win.

So there you have it.  Enjoy your next drink out knowing you are staying on track.  Cheers!