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Healthy Holidays!!! This time of year your diet and nutrition plan might be starting to slip a little bit, or has fully succumbed to the avalanche of holiday parties and the mounds of goodies. Hopefully you aren’t buried yet and can still come back to the healthy side. 🙂

I want to take a minute to warn you of the affects that alcohol can be playing on your waistline over the holiday. First of all, we all know that alcohol isn’t calorie free (surprise! for those that didn’t). Those drinks that might just be accompanying your meal or a little treat with dessert can end up being as much or more than your actual food.

Alcoholic drink Calories
Beer, lite, 12 oz. 100
Beer, regular, 12 oz. 150
Frozen daiquiri, 4 oz. 216
Gin, 1.5 oz. 110
Mai tai, 4 oz. 310
Margarita, 4 oz. 270
Rum, 1.5 oz. 96
Vodka, 1.5 oz. 96
Whiskey, 1.5 oz. 105
Wine spritzer, 4 oz. 49
Wine, dessert, sweet, 4 oz. 180
Now these examples are without mixers, juice, soda…eggnog mmm… and can add up quickly before you know it.

The actual extra calories are just one way that you might accidentally be packing on the pounds this season. Alcohol, for some people, can have a fun little munchie affect, causing you to eat more food. Or to eat foods you might not have normally indulged in.

Another reason alcohol might be leaving some extra love handles with you for the New Year is the way your body metabolizes it. Your body will stop metabolizing everything else to get to that alcohol. Won’t that get you drunk quicker you ask? Yes, yes it will. Which actually might be your goal…but while you’re getting tipsy, your body has now stopped metabolizing food. Ooops…

If this doesn’t sound ideal to you, here are some suggestions:

– Have a nonalcoholic drink between alcoholic drinks.

– Eat before you start drinking.

– Select “Light” versions of drinks.

– Keep water handy to quench your thirst.

– Sip, don’t chug your drink.

Another fun idea… is burn them off!!