alcoholic drinks, calories, weight loss, Bon Secours Weight Loss InstituteAlthough everyone loses weight at a difference pace, a very general guideline is that you should consume 500 fewer calories per day if you want to lose a pound per week.

So where do you start cutting back the calories?

A good place to start is with any alcohol you drink. A beer after work or a glass of wine with dinner may not seem like a big deal until you start adding up all the calories. And they add up fast.

Light beer has roughly 100 calories per 12 ounces while regular beer has 153. Those who prefer craft beer may be taking in 200 to 300 calories. The higher the alcohol, the higher the calories.

By cutting back your alcohol intake, you won’t be losing any nutrition from your diet. You will, however, make a pretty big dent in your caloric intake.

To get motivated, start by figuring out how many drinks you have in a week. If you only have one glass of wine at dinner at night, you’re probably adding about 875 calories per week.

A couple of beers every night equates to roughly 2,142 calories per week.

Don’t forget to consider how alcohol affects your eating habits. After drinking, most people have a hard time steering clear of salty and sweet foods that can quickly drive up your caloric intake. When you give up that glass of wine at dinner, you’ll find it’s easier to say no to dessert, too.

You can estimate how many calories you’ll save by switching to water with this online calculator, courtesy of the National Institute of Health. The calculator adds up calories from wine, beer, distilled spirits and cocktails.

To cut even more empty calories from your diet, consult a Registered Dietitian who specializes in giving proper nutrition advice to meets an individual’s specific health needs. You can learn more about healthy eating through the weight-loss programs at Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

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