I was training a client recently and, after she mentioned the extra wine she'd had the previous evening, I made the mistake of bringing up a report put out by the National Center for Health Statistics about that very topic. The report found that, on average, American adults get at least 100 calories a day from beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages and some of us may get more than 300 extra calories.
There were some other interesting facts in there as well, but I didn't have time to bring them up because, it was at this point my client stopped in mid-pedal (she was on her elliptical machine), grabbed her chest and shouted, "You will NOT take my chard! I need my chard!"
For the record, she wasn't talking about chard, as in the leafy green vegetable, but the kind of chard that comes in a bottle with a cork.
That's Chardonnay, if you didn't figure that out.
I'm sure many of us enjoy our chard - or whatever alcoholic beverage we prefer - and I'm also sure that many of us worry how much our drinking may affect our waistlines. After all, estimating how many calories we're eating may be common practice for some, but how many of us look up the calorie counts for our favorite alcoholic beverages?
That isn't to say we can't enjoy a drink from time to time, but if you're watching your waistline, you have to watch all your calories...even the ones you don't particularly want to watch. If you want to know more, check out my most recently updated article in which I talk about how alcohol can sabotage your weight loss goals. If you don't want to know more, carry on.
Now, it's your turn. Do you drink alcohol and, if so, do you pay attention to how much you drink? How much do you worry about alcohol and weight gain? Leave a comment and tell us how you deal with alcohol and your weight.