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Calories from Alcohol

That occasional drink that many of us enjoy may seem harmless enough, but do you know how much calories you’re consuming, or how the alcohol may be hindering your weight loss goals? If you don’t know the answer to these questions read on.

calories from alcohol

Alcohol and weight gain

Everything we put into our mouths whether to eat or drink (except for water) contains calories and alcohol is no exception to the rule. In fact alcohol is very high in calories at 7calories per gram of alcohol; this is almost as many calories as pure fat!

Alcohol has absolutely no nutritional value, can cause sugar and fat cravings and can promote weight gain. when we drink alcohol our bodies will process it first, that is before fats, carbs and protein, this is because our bodies simply cannot store alcohol, so to get rid of it the body will use it as energy this actually hinders our bodies ability to burn fat as our bodies will store our normal sources of energy (carbs and protein) protein and carbs as fat and use the alcohol instead.

calories from alcohol

How many calories?

To effectively loss weight we need to be consuming 250-500calories less per day. We are told that we should limit our drinking to 1-2 glasses of alcohol per day, but this amount can seriously hinder our weight loss plans and actually cause us to pack on extra kilos.

This table will show you the amount of calories in a serve of alcohol and how many minutes of running it will take to burn these calories off.

Alcoholic Drink Serving Calories per serve Alcohol per serve Time running
Beer 375ml 154cal 18.8g 13minutes
Light Beer 375ml 94cal 8.3g 9 minutes
Low-Carb Beer 375ml 110cal 18g 10minutes
White Wine 200ml glass 189cal 18.3g 18minutes
Red Wine 200ml glass 133cal 18.3g 12minutes
Spirits 1 shot (30mls) 60cal 12g 6minutes
Water Any 0 0 0

 

So as you can see you will need to spend 13minutes running to burn off one glass of beer. Think it doesn’t seem bad? Well do you actually go out running? And how many serves are you having? Most of the time people don’t stop at one drink and there is where we start to run into trouble. If you drink a whole 6 pack of beer your looking at 925caloires consumed and 1hr and 18mins of running to burn it off. Keep in mind that this is ON TOP of your daily calorie intake and exercise schedule.

calories from alcohol

What should I drink?

Ideally we wouldn’t drink alcohol at all, but this approach is not for everyone. If you do enjoy kicking back and having a couple of drinks then there are some simple tips to help your reduce the overall calorie intake.

  • Drink low calorie alcoholic beverages- there are companies out there that make low calorie versions of drinks. These are usually called “light” or “low calorie” and will result in a much smaller beer belly.
  • Choose soda water, fresh juice or low calorie drinks to use as your mixers if you like your spirits.
  • Drink water in between every alcoholic drink will reduce your total calorie intake and reduce the amount of alcohol you’re drinking, meaning less of a headache in the morning.

calories from alcohol

Conclusion

So now you know the answers! Alcohol is full of calories, promotes weight gain and is nutritionally worthless, not to mention toxic. You don’t have to be dieting to watch your calorie intake, start now and you may not have to diet in the future!

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Sure Fire Ways to Stay Cancer Free

So far, Unfortunately the only real sure fire way to stay completely cancer free is to meet your maker from something other than cancer. However, as foreboding as this may sound, The best way to treat cancer is to prevent it in the first place , although some cancers are just in our genes and we can’t really control them, science has shown us that many kinds of cancer can be delayed or even avoided when we make good lifestyle choices.

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DON’T smoke

The most obvious to most people is don’t smoke. Although for those smokers out there this is easier said than done, luckily there are many quit smoking aids out there that can help you through your quit journey. Smoking causes so much damage to our insides that it’s strange it’s still legal. Cigarettes create a carcinogenic effect on our bodies leaving us extremely vulnerable to multiple forms of cancer.

Limit alcohol

Alcohol is poison to our bodies and should be enjoyed in limited quantities or not at all. Women should drink no more than 2 standard drinks a day and men should have no more than 3 standard drinks a day. Alcohol allows cancerous cells to form and grow rapidly because it has poisoned the rest of our bodies. So if you’re drinking more then you should think about cutting back and saving your health.

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Diet

So many diseases and conditions, including cancers can be directly linked to what we eat and put into our bodies. Nutrition is so important to our health but it is something all of us can neglect. A huge precursor to cancer is sodium nitrate which can be found in nearly all package meats like hot dogs, bacon, sausages, ham and lunch meats. Other food products that can promote cancer cells are refined carbohydrates like white bread and pancakes, aspartame, artificial colours, hydrogenated oils and saccharin. To help prevent cancer through diet it’s pretty simple, think natural foods like fruits, veggies, chicken, fish and lean meat, stay far away from sugary foods, chocolates, lollies, biscuits and other confectionery items. A well balanced diet will keep your body happy and healthy and prevent many diseases and conditions.

Exercise

Another important factor to prevent cancer is regular exercise. Exercising helps our bodies move lymph fluid around which strengthens our immune system and defends against cancerous cells. Exercise is also important to keep our body weight at a healthy level; basically too much fat can cause many diseases including heart problems, liver and kidney issues and can even promote the growth of cancer. Being underweight can also be problematic as our body’s immune system can become compromised which yet again allows the formation of cancer cells. So aim for 30minsutes a day at least 5 days a week.  Stick to a workout routine that keeps your weight in check and gets you moving!

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Get some D

A lot of us are scared to venture into the sun without a thick layer of sunscreen to protect us from skin cancer but this may be doing us more harm than good. When we expose our skin to the sun we receive an important nutrient called vitamin D, this amazing vitamin actually prevents cancer cells forming inside of our bodies. Of course I don’t want you in the sun all day without sunscreen as this can cause skin cancer but a good 10 minutes of full face and arm exposure will dramatically reduce our risk of cancers forming.

Control it

There is no one size fits all when it comes to staying cancer free, but with a few tweaks here and a few changes there you could be well on your way to living a long and happy cancer free life.

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