Alcohol and Weight Gain

Despite all of the low-carb and low-calorie options on the market today, most dieticians will still recommend that anyone attempting to lose weight simply stop drinking altogether. The recommendation doesn’t have as much to do with the number of calories in beer, vodka, or wine as it does with the way your body processes alcohol

Alcohol and Your Metabolism

To understand this theory, you first have to understand the amount of alcohol you are actually consuming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a single serving of an alcoholic beverage contains approximately 13.7 grams of pure alcohol. A single gram of alcohol is estimated to have approximately 7 calories. In comparison, a gram of fat has approximately 9 calories.

Choosing a Better Drink for Your Diet

Truth – drinking too much alcohol is not healthy – especially if you have a medical condition, addiction, or weight loss goal. Alcohol can be beneficial for your health, though, especially if you choose the right liquor, beer, or cocktail. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you’re out on the town.

Drinking Liquor

You know the old saying, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker,” right? Liquor can be good for you, especially things like brandy and vodka, but only if you consume them in moderation and without mixers – you know, the things that make liquor taste like candy. Mixers like sugary fruit juices and soda are the things that take your liquor’s original calorie count and blow it through the roof. Learn to enjoy your drinks straight or seek out some lower-calorie alternatives.

One Shot of Brandy Each Day, Keeping the Doctor Away

Alright, alright – so the original saying is that an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but the truth of the matter is that brandy may be just as beneficial in maintaining your health and longevity as red wine or beer. The health benefits of brandy are varied, but may just justify this sometimes costly indulgence.

Antioxidants in Brandy

While no doctor will recommend crossing your daily multivitamin off of your list of things to ingest each day, some studies have shown that a single shot of brandy can have a similar effect. Brandy contains enough in antioxidants to act like your multivitamin’s content of vitamin C. It only takes about 30 milliliters of brandy (approximately 1 ounce) to take advantage of this benefit. Your doctor, however, will not recommend skipping your vitamins on the days you indulge. Make sure you do both.

Myths about Alcohol and Your Health

While we’re all about the health benefits of liquor here, what we don’t want is for you to be walking around with a bunch of misconceptions – thinking that alcohol does things for your body that it does not. While the vitamins and nutrients in wine, beer, and other liquors can be incredibly beneficial in moderation, some things will never change.

Alcohol is Calorie Free

Despite this rumor, alcohol does contain calories – some more significant in count than others. It is important for you to pay attention to the number of calories in a glass of wine, beer, or liquor so that you don’t sabotage any weight loss plans you are on. Let’s take a look at a 12oz serving of beer as an example:

Vodka and Your Health

Over in Russia, vodka is a well-known and well-loved national beverage. While it’s just as favored for its strength and flavor in the United States, it wasn’t until recently we started to hear about the health benefits of vodka.

Vodka and Russian History

Vodka, believe it or not, did not start its life as a beverage for enjoyment. The term was literally used to describe medications, known as tinctures, made from the elixir. Many of its uses were not internal, but external. In times of war, vodka can be used not only as an antiseptic, but as a mild sedative or diuretic as well. Because it is merely diluted alcohol, vodka has been used as a disinfectant, for both surgical materials and wounds. Imagine having a shot of vodka poured over an open wound because there are no other antiseptic solutions within reach. Ouch!