Women who claim to be on strict diet tend to turn down opportunities to drink with friends or family and colleagues. Especially on parties and gatherings, they would sneak out of the group of those enjoying their booze and make their way to the food corner and try to chunk down bits and pieces of finger foods, followed by a sip of water or juice.
What they failed to realize is the fact that they gained more calories in eating even just a piece of bread or a piece of oil-soaked chicken pop than what they could have gained in drinking a cocktail. The point is a woman can actually maintain weight without sacrificing the joy of drinking alcohol with friends.
Fox News Magazine stated in one of its published articles online that drinking alcohol should not be totally cut out of one’s lifestyle especially if he or she is sure to be a moderate social drinker. In fact, recent studies show that women who drink in moderation are actually less likely to gain weight and may lower their risk of osteoporosis. The website provided ways on how a woman can enjoy drinking without worrying too much about gaining extra flubs whether it be wine, beer or other liquors.
As with wine, the website shared that a five-ounce glass of red, white, or rosé has about 100 calories per glass will do. One well-accepted belief is that wine is high in sugar because it is made from grapes.
However, as a matter of fact that is not the case because the fermentation process in wine-making converts sugars into alcohol, and only sweet or dessert wines are high in sugar. Actually, wine is considered a heart healthy drink especially red wine, as it contains resveratrol which is the antioxidant compound linked to heart health benefits. One to two four-ounce servings of wine per day are the amount recommended by the American Heart Association recommends meeting this end. It is also better to make a glass of wine a spritzer (half wine, half club soda) as it automatically cut the calories in half.
In case of drinking beer, it is not that true that it will doom women to an unsightly beer belly. True enough, the average 12-ounce serving of beer contains 150 calories and 13g carbohydrates, higher than wine and spirits but it should not cause that worry in their belly. However, the online magazine recommends that choosing light versions of favourite beer will help in saving consumer of 50 calories per serving and cut the carbohydrates in half. Lager and wheat beers are generally lower in both calories and carbohydrates per serving compared to heavier beers such as ales, stouts, and porters. Beers differ in color, flavour, and consistency, and the good news all offer some nutritional value. The brewer’s yeast used to ferment beer contains B vitamins that benefit the nervous system health and reduce homocysteine, a chemical that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Fox News Magazine gave a tip in drinking beer that is light consumers should stick to light-lagers to avoid weight gain. With regard to occasional beer drinkers, they may opt for dark beer which have more antioxidants and iron compared to lighter varieties.
Last is the spirits such as vodka, whiskey, gin and rum. Hard liquor is higher in calories per-ounce than wine, but not by much since after distillation there is nothing left but the alcohol. They contain zero carbohydrates which makes them a diet-friendly option, plus, the standard 1.5- ounce serving of spirits will only set you back 105 calories.
Beer distributors online provide specific information about the alcohol content of each product as to inform the buyers about its possible intoxication effect. Also, information about calorie contents and others such as carbohydrates can be seen in the information sticker of the drink’s container.