November 18, 2012

Drinking A Beer Is Like Drinking A Coke In Calorie World

On a diet? Well going out and drinking with your buddies isn’t going to help shed the spare tire off your mid layer. A new study says that drinking a few beers would be equivalent to drinking a few sodas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that while soda and sweetened drinks account for about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent.

The researchers say the findings deserve attention because alcohol contains few nutrients, and are loaded down with plenty of calories.

More than 11,000 U.S. adults from 2007 through 2010 were interviewed for the study, and were asked extensive questions about what they ate and drank over the previous 24 hours.

Researchers found that on any given day, about one-third of men and one-fifth of women consume calories from beer, wine or liquor.

The average guy drinks about 150 calories from alcohol each day, which is the equivalent of having a can of Budweiser a day, while your average gal takes in just 50 calories a day, or half a glass of wine.

Race was not a factor in the study when considering average calories consumers get from alcoholic beverages. However, younger people surveyed in the study showed that they were putting away more drinks than older adults, gaining that freshman 15 at a fast pace.

For comparison, a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola would have 10 less calories than a can of Budweiser, while a 5-ounce glass of wine is around 100 calories.

Maybe in your mind you think taking in a few shots is a little less burdensome on the calorie tracker than drinking a beer. Well, before you full-on enter into that mindset, consider that 1.5 ounces of liquor contains about 100 calories.

Federal regulators recommend that you consume just one drink a day, and most men and women follow these guidelines. However, 19 percent of men, and 12 percent of women exceeded them, according to the study.

For those who do not wish to do the math, if you drink a 6-pack of Budweiser while watching a football game, you just drank 900 calories, or about three cheeseburgers form McDonald’s. If you drank a few 8-ounce Margaritas while hanging out with your boys last night, say around three, then you consumed about 1,080 calories, or almost 5 and a half Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

The CDC said that the daily calories from the average American who consumes alcohol is 16 percent. In other words, maybe the best weight loss method for you would be to cut out alcohol, or 16 percent of your calories.

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