The holidays are near and with them bring great feasts filled with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes & gravy and let’s not forget the pies, cookies, and chocolates. We all know over-eating is upon us. There will be parties to attend and plenty of alcohol to go around. Over-indulging is inevitable and so are the extra pounds.
Ever wonder how much beer contributes to weight gain? You could cut it out of your life to test the theory, but why? Instead, look for other ways to cut calories.
- Avoid sugary drinks during the day to save on calories. Soda and sweet coffee drinks are packed with calories. Women should ingest 1200 calories daily. A caramel latte from Star Bucks contains 250 calories and 6 grams of fat. Replace it with black coffee and low-fat milk.
- Snacking obviously packs on the pounds and it’s hard not to grab those chips at night. Find a substitute that’s less fattening but still satisfying.
- I don’t about you but I love mayonnaise on my sandwiches. Substitute it for ketchup or mustard to drop those unnecessary calories.
Little cheats here and there really help. Light beer is another option, but I can’t find one I can stomach. Exactly how much does beer affect your figure, particularly your waistline?
Someone once told me that beer itself is not fattening. The weight comes from eating AND drinking. To verify, I hopped on-line and found an article on WebMD titled “The Truth About Beer and Your Belly.” The article states that it’s not necessarily beer that contributes to a “beer belly” as much as it is the abundance of calories. Consuming too many calories certainly is easy to do when polishing off 5 or 6 beers in a sitting. Let’s think about that for a second, the average beer has 150 calories. Multiply that by six and you’ve just added an extra 900 calories to your daily caloric intake. That’s a lot. Beer however does not contain fat. As you drink, your liver burns alcohol first, not fat, leading to greater fat storage especially around your mid-section. Any way you sum it up, beer or just about anything you put in your body adds to weight gain.
Here’s a list of how many calories your favorite style of beer contains.
Average stout has around 225 calories per beer
Imperials average around 300 to 350 calories per beer
Love a good Christmas Ale? They average around 175 – 225 calories per beer
IPA’s (my favorite)
Average IPA has 200 calories per beer
Imperials average around 300 calories per beer
These wheat beers are not packed with calories like those above. Calories from a Hefeweizen range between 150-175 per beer.
Budweiser 145 calories per beer
Yuengling 128 calories per beer
While researching I found an interesting website called “Get drunk not fat”. The website contains a nifty device called “The Drinking Calculator”!! It tallies your blood alcohol level and caloric intake. Check it out!
My results after drinking 5 Dogfish Head 60min IPAs in a 4 hour period of time:
Blood Alcohol Level: 0.064.
Level of Drunkness: Legally Impaired
1045 calories from 5 beers and that’s just the 60 minute IPA. I don’t even want to think of the calories in the 90 minute IPA or the 120 minute IPA.
Again you can eliminate calories by avoiding beer, but why would you? I asked the ladies of Stout & Stilettos what their thoughts were in regards to eliminating alcohol to lose weight. We all are in agreement that we would rather give up something else before giving up our favorite brew.
I will leave you with a quote from fellow Stouts & Stilettos blogger Amanda D from Maine.
“I would never give up beer for a nicer rear”
I couldn’t agree more.