Are you aware of the fact that a glass of wine can contain calories equivalent to a piece of chocolate, and a pint of beer contains as many calories as a packet of chips?
According to surveys, an average wine drinker takes around 2,000 kcal through alcoholic beverages every month. And drinking at least five pints of beer can add up to 44,200 kcal a year, which is almost equivalent to eating 220 doughnuts. In addition to drinking, people increase their calorie intake by eating more snacks such as chips, nuts, pork scratching, etc. Binge drinking is often followed by unhealthy breakfast in order to cope with hangover, which is again a risk of pilling up on the extra pounds.
Frequent drinking of alcohol can have a substantial impact on your health; it increases fat accumulation around the waistline, which can lead to more serious problems. Beer, wine, cider and all other alcoholic beverages are made from sugar and starch. The processes such as fermentation and distillation are used to produce certain drinks. This explains how alcohol infuses unwanted calories that are responsible for adding weight to your body.
How to prevent weight gain?
To prevent the risk of weight gain from alcohol, follow the below-mentioned tips:
- Do not drink more than 14 units per week, which is equivalent to 10 small glasses of wine or six pints of beer
- Drink a glass full of water with every alcoholic drink; this will help prevent dehydration
- Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach; choose healthier snacks such as sandwich rather than chips or crisps
- Have a healthier dinner before drinking
- Moderation is the key
- Avoid binge drinking
Alcohol is one of the causative factors of obesity. And obesity is associated with a number of chronic health issues – such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer. If you are a chronic drinker, make sure you cut down your intake gradually in order to lose weight. Check with your GP to know more about the NHS recommendation on alcohol intake and weight loss.