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Healthy Monday Tip: Limit Booze to Lose Weight

By November 26, 2012

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wineWe all know that some weight gain during festive occasions is almost inevitable.  It's hard to keep moderation in mind when we're surrounded by treats and decadent meals.   But have you ever thought about how your drinking habits affect your weight?  New data, suggests that some weight gain may come from the drinks we consume.

Typical Caloric Intake from Alcohol

New data released by the CDC reveals how the calories in booze add up. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a typical American adult consumes 100 calories per day from alcohol.  Men tend to consume more than women and younger adults consume more than older adults.

In an examination of the types of drinks we like, men tend to like beer more than other forms of liquor, while women's preferences were equally spread out between beer, wine and liquor.

Alcohol Consumption at Parties

The data from the survey was collected over a three-year period and reflected average consumption throughout the year.  But since festive parties tend to include specialty drinks that are full of sugar, it's not a stretch to consider that we may drink more calories during certain celebrations.

If you are trying to lose weight or if you are simply trying to limit weight gain, this data could help you to reach your goals.  Limit alcohol consumption to keep your caloric intake in check.   Not only will you decrease your total caloric intake from liquor, but you'll be more likely to stick to your guns around food treats if your willpower hasn't been loosened with booze.

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