How Many Calories Do You Consume Through Alcohol?Posted on November 7, 2017

With the holidays fast approaching, the annual parties, get-together's and big meals will mean consuming more calories. Many of those extra calories are hidden in alcoholic drinks. Just how many? Let’s take a look. Generally, you’ll consume between 97 to 168 calories per drink depending on the type of drink.…

With the holidays fast approaching, the annual parties, get-together's and big meals will mean consuming more calories. Many of those extra calories are hidden in alcoholic drinks. Just how many? Let’s take a look. Generally, you’ll consume between 97 to 168 calories per drink depending on the type of drink. Beer varies between 103 to 153 calories per 12 ounce serving depending on if it is of the light variety or not. Red wine is around 125 calories per 5 ounce serving. Whites are slightly less at 121 calories. Distilled spirits (80 proof) vary from a low of 97 for 1.5 ounces of gin, rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila to a high of 165 for the same amount of a liqueur (because of the sugar). Cocktails start at 112 calories for a daiquiri and top out at 168 for a Margarita. We won’t even talk about Pina Coladas at 490 calories! The problem with drinking alcohol is two-fold. One: we like to be sociable and this means having something to drink with appetizers and while standing around talking before the meal. This means a lot of calories are consumed even before the actual meal starts. Two: the more we drink the less conscious we become in regard to how many calories we are consuming. Before long we have consumed many more calories than what our body can burn. The excess calories are stored as fat. Keep in mind that to keep your weight the same, you have to burn as many calories as you take in. To lose weight, you have to burn 3,500 more calories per week (500 per day) then what you consume. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 5 hours of moderate exercise per week to maintain weight or that amount of vigorous exercise per week to lose weight. Assuming you have a couple servings of wine, you would have to burn off those 250 calories by running at 5 mph for 30 minutes, or walking at a brisk rate for an hour. What is the likelihood of that happening after eating a big meal? Not much, unfortunately. So the next best thing we do is make weight loss our New Year’s resolution (which in many cases fails shortly after the first of the year). The point is by consuming fewer calories through alcohol, you’ll have less to burn off to keep your weight the same or to even lose. There are other drink choices you can make that will keep the calorie count down but still allow you to remain sociable.

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Kids Can Help Prepare Your Family’s Holiday DinnerPosted on November 7, 2017

Eating a holiday dinner is fun, but helping get everything ready for the big meal can be a lot of fun too. Here are a few things that kids can do to help out. Plan the menu. Talk with your family about what to have for your holiday dinner. Pick…

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Eating Healthy During the HolidaysPosted on November 7, 2017

During the holidays, yummy food and tasty treats are everywhere. It would be easy to let healthy eating habits slide, but holidays can still be healthy. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay on track with good eating habits: Nibble on health snacks like whole grain…

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How to Avoid the Holiday BluesPosted on November 7, 2017

The holidays can be a wonderful time, full of joy, happy memories and quality time spent with your loved ones. For a lot of people however, this time of year can unfortunately trigger depression. Mental health professionals experience an increase in reports of depression centered around holiday celebrations every year.…

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New Technologies Can Help You Keep That ResolutionPosted on November 7, 2017

It’s not only dieting that can be a weighty matter, it’s also keeping your New Year’s resolution to get in shape and lose weight. There are a variety of new computer-based tools and technologies to help with just that. Here are a few ideas: Exercise videos: Learn easy moves to…

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Why Can Lack of Sleep Lead to Weight Gain?Posted on October 25, 2017

When sleep deprived, the body’s metabolism system doesn’t work right, so it is not burning calories as efficiently as it could. Research has shown the issue seems to come from a change in glucose tolerance or the body’s ability to turn food into glucose and get it to the cells…

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