I thought it would be a good idea to piggy-back on Ricardo’s last post, as I know the holidays are often the curse of death when it comes to diets and waist-management. Ah, the holidays … we eat, we drink, we indulge — and then we pay for it. According to theNational Institutes of Health, pounds put on during the holidays account for half of all weight gained annually. The unsuspected culprit, many times, is alcohol.
“Calories from cocktails don’t fill you up like calories from food. “And, after one or two drinks, you may be more likely to say yes to that pecan pie.”For every alcoholic drink, you should down two glasses of water to fill you up and keep you hydrated. Then, pick your potion wisely. Remember it takes about 30 minutes of high intensity interval training to burn 300 calories or about an hour of medium to hight intensity strength training. Pick wisely and decide ahead of time if you can “pay the lady” in terms of time to exercise it off the next day…..
However, in case that you can’t go out to a liquor store you can order alcohol to Marylebone and get it quickly delivered top your door, so that you can have a great time at the safety of your house.
Five Drinks to Avoid:
1. Eggnog: Six fluid ounces of eggnog without alcohol, has 257 calories and 14 grams of fat (more than a Snickers bar). Add some distilled spirits and your drink of choice is more than 300 calories.
2. Hot Toddies: A hot toddy with 2 ounces of liquor is about 200 calories, and that’s without the whipped cream. Creamy liquors like Baileys, Kahlua, Amaretto and Schnapps are particularly dangerous averaging about 100 calories an ounce.
3. Martinis: Anything that has a sweet taste and a sugar rim is probably bad news (think lemon drops, appletinis, cosmopolitans).
“Most martinis have 2 to 5 ounces of liquor, and the sugary syrups they’re made with can add up to more than 800 calories in one drink,” says Gidus.
4. Margaritas: A regular margarita has about 400 calories. Couple it with a heavy Mexican meal and you have a recipe for diet disaster.
5. Mixers: One and a half ounces of 80-proof spirits is 65 calories. Add 6 ounces of calorie-laden soda or a variety of syrups and you’re well over the calorie count for a “light” drink.
Five Smarter Sips:
1. Champagne: At 100 calories, ringing in the New Year with this traditional toasting beverage won’t wreak havoc on your waistline.
2. Wine Spritzer: With 3 ounces of wine and 3 ounces of club soda, wine spritzers top out at about 60 calories and zero grams of fat.
3. Wine: The typical glass of wine weighs in at 100 calories. Opt for red and you’ll get a healthy dose of disease-fighting chemicals called flavonols, too.
4. Beer: Light or regular, a bottle of beer is a much better option than most cocktails.
“Drink from the bottle instead of the larger servings from draft beers,” says Gidus. Regular beer has 150 calories to the bottle, while light has about 100.
5. Vodka (or Gin) & Soda: One of the most interesting vodka facts is that most mixers with 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits and diet or club soda have less than 100 calories and no fat.
Make your plans each week for your pay back exercise sessions and have a wonderful time!!! Any more good ideas out there, let me know!