Alcohol has 7 calories (29 kJ) per gram, second only to fat (9 calories/ 37kJ per gram). One standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol which yields 70 calories from alcohol alone (not to mention sugar also contained in many alcoholic drinks). If you have one standard drink every night of the week, this is equivalent to consuming 5 Tim Tams worth of extra calories per week!
Alcohol can therefore contribute significantly to the amount of calories you are allowed, especially when you are trying to control the amount of calories you are consuming.It's Not Just the Calories
Alcohol also:- Suppresses fat oxidation
- Contains no other nutritional value, and is therefore 'empty calories'
- Can deplete your body of other vitamins and minerals
- May interfere with your hunger hormones and cause you to eat more
- Increase the risk of common cancer
- Inflame the lining of the stomach, intestine and pancreasSo how can you help to minimise the amount that you drink?
The following tips can help to reduce the amount of alcohol that you drink from week-to-week.1. Alternate each glass with some soda or mineral water
2. Use low calorie mixers
3. Don't drink daily
4. Avoid over-eating while you are drinking
5. Enjoy without guilt (if you choose to drink moderately and sensibly)Recommendations:
- No more than two standard drinks per day and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day
- You should have at least one or two alcohol-free days per week
- Don't 'save up' all your daily drinks to have them all in one big night!
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