Are you among the 40-50% of Americans who make a New Years’ resolution every year? If so, you might be interested in eating healthy food, getting fit or losing weight in 2013. These are some of the most popular New Years’ Resolutions in the United States. Many Americans also want to drink less alcohol, which supports several other health-related goals you may have for the New Year.
Alcohol contains “empty calories.” Similar to soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, alcoholic beverages contain plenty of calories with very few nutrients. A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention found that most men (67%) and women (82%) don’t drink alcoholic beverages on any given day. However, those that do consume between 100-300 or more calories per day from alcoholic drinks.
“Empty calories” can lead to weight gain. Men’s Fitness determined that consuming an extra 100 calories every day from a beer, for example, could add up to 10 or more extra pounds of fat a year. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans state, “If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.” What do they mean by moderation? No more than one standard drink per day for women and two for men. Keep in mind, though, that the average beer contains 150 calories!
Drink less alcohol to avoid the extra pounds this holiday season! Drink water, coffee, tea or another non-alcoholic beverage instead. If you do choose to drink alcohol, there are many tips for monitoring your drinking. For example, count and measure your drinks, pace yourself and space your drinks. Be safe this holiday season!