When it comes to alcohol, it has the unfortunate double effect of not only containing calories, around seven calories per gram (second only to fat), but also reducing the speed at which fat burns in the body. In other words, the calories in beer are causing you to gain weight while beer is also preventing fat from burning in the body. However, there are some ways to reduce your calorie intake with beer and we have some advice today!
Going Cold Turkey?
In our experience, going cold turkey and dropping all alcohol immediately can actually have a negative impact on the body. Why? Because we need to replace alcohol with something and that ‘something’ normally comes in the shape of unhealthy snacks and fatty foods. Instead of drinking beer, we’re essentially damaging our diet and causing the same stress on the body.
Furthermore, have you ever noticed how dropping beer or chocolate can lead to ‘cheat days’? On these specific days, normally one a week, we allow ourselves to go crazy and drink with freedom. Unfortunately, these cheat days are typically much worse for our bodies because all the calories are hitting the body at the same time.
We have also written more detailed information on the type of alcohol in beer.
Cutting Calories in Beer
Instead of losing beer altogether, the first tip we have is to enjoy the drink in moderation. Don’t try and change your world overnight, because this will almost certainly lead to failure. Instead, promise a change in lifestyle where you aren’t denying yourself the things you enjoy. If you cut beer from your diet completely, you won’t be able to think of anything else and life may become difficult.
Choose More Carefully
Have you been drinking the same alcohol for a number of years? Have you ever looked at the nutritional information on your favourite beer? Well, now is the time to do so because you might just be surprised at the calories in beer. Let’s take a look at some examples;
Coors – 149 calories
Budweiser Select 55 – 55 calories
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot – 330 calories
Heineken Light – 99 calories
As you can see, the number of calories in a single can, glass, or bottle of beer can vary greatly. We decided to include an American import in the list since these are becoming more popular around the UK and Europe, and the results are shocking (to say the least!). Although there’s a clear difference between Coors and Coors Light, for example, this difference becomes more important as more drinks are consumed. With Bud Select 55 as an extreme example, it takes nearly three of these beers to consume the same number of calories found in a normal Bud.
Additionally, you should realize that calories in beer are also a result of the carbohydrates they contain. While a Coors contains 12.2 grams of carbs, this drops to just 5 grams for a Coors Light. Once again, this is a huge difference after a couple of beers; Sierra Nevada Bigfoot contains over 30 grams in carbs alone.
Check out our list of low carb beers for inspiration.
If you want to cut down calories in beer, we recommend drinking in moderation, making better decisions with the beers you purchase, and even writing a journal of your drinking. Although it may sound strange, just writing down every beer you consume can alert you to potential changes (while also highlighting specific days of heavy drinking). Perhaps, if Monday is a heavy day for beer, you can find a way to relieve stress without alcohol.
With smarter decisions and a proactive approach to drinking, you’ll be much healthier both now and long into the future!