Alcoholic beverages are hidden calorie bombs. Did you know that alcohol has almost as many calories as pure fat? Since alcohol is made from sugar or starch, it contains 7 calories per gram. Almost twice as much as protein and carbs at 4 calories per gram where fat has 9 calories per gram.
Alcohol is a calorie bomb unlike any other since it’s easy to quickly drink calories. In addition, alcohol also stimulates your appetite and slows your metabolism. We show you why alcohol can cause you to gain weight and which alcoholic drinks are heavier in calories.
Cocktails and other alcoholic drinks often look refreshing, but the momentary pleasure often comes with an unbelievable number of calories.
High caloric density: that’s alcohol in a nutshell
There are a whopping 710 calories in 100 ml (3 oz.) of pure alcohol! Only pure fat packs in that kind of caloric density. It’s hardly surprising that, alongside fast food and sugar, the regular consumption of beer and wine is considered one of the worst offenders when it comes to making us fat. The caloric content of different drinks varies greatly. A single piña colada, for example, contains more than five times as many calories as a white wine spritzer.
Alcohol fills you with calories but leaves you hungry
Alcoholic beverages like cocktails often contain a lot of sugar. This signals your body to secrete insulin in your blood, but when the insulin level subsequently drops, this can lead to the munchies. On the one hand, alcohol itself already contains more than enough calories. On the other hand, it makes you hungry and entices you to add even more calories to your body. This results in overshooting your caloric balance, which in turn, leads to those love handles forming over time. The insulin in your bloodstream even prevents your body from losing fat, which further enhances the effect.
Can I drink during my diet?
The less alcohol you drink, the faster you can lose body fat. That’s why it’s a smart move to completely skip out on beer, wine, and cocktails when dieting. Of course, as with any diet habit, reducing your alcohol intake will have a lasting effect only if you continue to follow those good intentions once you finish the diet. If, after reaching your target weight, you subsequently return to your daily after-work beer, it won’t be long before you start regaining that weight you worked so hard to lose. This is the dreaded yo-yo effect.
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