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Is It Possible to Drink and Lose Weight?


Watching your calorie intake is important when you’re trying to maintain or lose weight and while you probably know how important it is to keep an eye on what you’re eating, don’t forget to watch those calories in your drinks as well.

As we know, overindulging in alcohol doesn’t just lead to a hangover, drinking can sabotage your efforts to lose weight and lead to long-term weight gain. Alcoholic drinks are known for being high in kilojoules and low in nutrients, making them ‘empty calories’ that may contribute to weight related health issues.

Considering the health risks associated with weight-gain, it’s important that you make healthy decisions not only about what you eat, but also when it comes to your alcohol consumption.

A few facts about the calorie count in common drinks

If you don’t know just how long it will take you to burn off that second glass of wine with dinner, the following facts might surprise you:

  • It takes around 16 minutes of running to burn off the calories in one glass of wine (159 calories)
  • You would need to run for 22 minutes to burn off a glass of cider (216 calories)
  • It would take you nine minutes of strenuous exercise to burn off a glass of champagne (89 calories)
  • To get rid of a pint of beer you would need to jog for around 18 minutes (182 calories)
  • A measure of a standard spirit like vodka would take a bit less time to burn off at just six minutes (61 calories)


Do you have to give up alcohol completely if you want to lose weight?

The good news is that you don’t have to completely give up drinking if you want to maintain or lose weight. Moderation is the key, according to the Dieticians Association of Australia who suggest limiting alcoholic drinks to a maximum of two a day for men and one a day for women with at least two alcohol free days per week.

What about low carb and ‘diet’ drinks?

While low carb beer is becoming more popular, choosing so-called diet alcoholic drinks doesn’t mean that you can drink twice as many. Moderation, healthy eating and an active lifestyle are the best ways to ensure you stay healthy over the long term and avoid any health related problems.

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