Thursday, January 3, 2008

Battle of The Bulge

Right after the holidays, the ads start running for diet plans and pills, exercise equipment and gym memberships. Lots of factors contribute to weight gain but the high caloric value of alcohol can result in the body storing an excessive amount of unburned fat calories. This is often referred to as a "beer belly".

Despite the small quantity of liquid, a single shot of liquor (1.5 oz) can contain 115-200 calories. In comparison, a 3.5 oz glass of wine has between 73-80 calories.

The calories really add up with mixed drinks that range from 280 calories for a gin and tonic to over 800 calories for some of the frozen, creamy drinks.

A commonly held misconception is that light beer is calorie and fat free. Although light beer does have fewer calories than regular, the average light beer still contains 100 or more calories per 12 oz can, and regular beers are approximately 140-200 calories.

So, battle the bulge with moderation in your consumption, healthy foods with reasonable portions and daily exercise.