Are Christmas Cocktails Stalling Your Weight Loss?

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As we’re in full swing of Christmas parties every weekend, I want to address the elephant in the room, alcohol.  Are cocktails stalling your efforts this season?  Probably so!  But I want to share with you a few ways to get around those pesky empty calories.

Truth time:  Alcohol is the 2nd highest in calories per gram.  At 7 calories per gram, it’s JUST under fats at taking up the most room.  

~Our liver prioritizes metabolizing alcohol ahead of any other macros when consumed.  So our bodies see it as a toxin and it works fast to process it.  What that means for you is that you’re not burning any calories while this is happening.

~Alcohol makes your blood sugar drop.  Causing you to crave those starchy or extra fatty foods.  

~If your body does not burn all of the alcohol calories, they will be stored as fat.  Let’s be clear, our body does this for any excess macronutrients.  BUT alcohol calories are stored in the liver first.  If the liver doesn’t do this fast enough (or if you drink too much, too often) the fat stays stuck in your liver and around your abdomen giving you what we refer to as a “beer belly.”

I promise this isn’t to be a debbie downer and I won’t tell you don’t drink at your holiday event!  There are ways to work around these negative effects and still enjoy a cocktail without stalling your progress.

  1. Avoid high calorie mixed drinks.  Forgo eggnog, margaritas, mudslides and other sugary mixed drinks — or have one and consider it dessert.  Instead opt for:  flavored vodkas with sparkling water or a high quality tequila with a splash of soda and fresh lime juice.  Choose a glass of red or white wine.

  2. Keep your alcohol budget at or below 200 calories
    Pick these lower calorie alcohol alternatives:
    -Red or white wine: 5 ounces | Calories; 125, Carbohydrate: 4g
    -Light beer: 12 ounces | Calories: 100; Carbohydrate: 5g
    -Champagne: 5 ounces | Calories: 100; Carbohydrate: 1g
    -Vodka, whiskey, rum or gin: 1.5 ounces | Calories: 96; Carbohydrate: 0g

  3. Last but not least, the classic:  Make every other drink a glass of water.  This will slow down your consumption and gives your body a chance to metabolize the drink  you’ve just had.

Put these tips to use so that you can enjoy a drink or two at your upcoming Christmas parties without undoing all of your hard work!

Talk to you soon,

Sarah


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