Some research suggests that alcohol can have health benefits. For instance, beer may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and even boost cognitive and psychological health. However, alcohol also plays a major role in weight management. In this article, we’re going to shed some light on how alcohol makes people gain weight and whether it’s possible to enjoy an occasional drink and still lose weight.
In case you don’t want to go into detail about how alcohol and weight gain to together, here’s a short answer: drinking and losing weight is possible – as long as you’re smart about it. The two key aspects everyone needs to consider are calories and alcohol content.
Since alcohol is made from sugar or starch, it does contain calories. However, for most people, the calories in the mixers of their go-to cocktails are the actual reason behind any significant weight gains.
The calorie intake heavily depends on how the cocktail is prepared. Let’s go through a few examples. Your average 5oz Piña Colada can contain upwards of 200 calories and 30 grams of sugar, while an 8oz Long Island Iced Tea roughly contains 275 calories and 33 grams of sugar.
Here are a few more examples:
Not only do the mixers in these drinks contain more than double the amount of calories than the alcohol itself, but they also contain the worst kinds of calories, simple and refined sugars.
A very common misconception is that alcohol will make you fat. In reality, weight gain problems are a result of combining alcohol, sugars found in mixers and all comfort foods often consumed with alcohol. Alcohol does contain calories, but it’s safe to say that no one gains a lot of weight by doing vodka shots.
In order to avoid ruining your diet, try to minimize the calories from mixers and when you do enjoy the occasional drink, stay away from comfort foods.