12.23.2011

Holiday Parties

I don't know about you, but this next week for us is jam packed with parties, hangouts and family gatherings.  I know my way around the table well enough to know what to avoid or eat moderately so my pants still fit by the time we head back to Nashville a week later, but, I've never given a thought before to the beer and wine we drink (in moderation of course).  My family is Italian and we love our wine. This article was a huge eye opener for me and definitely something I will be keeping in mind as we head home for the holidays.

If you choose to drink, here are some tips to limit the number of calories that you consume:

1. If you are going to drink mixed drinks, mix with diet beverages or fruit juices.
2. Stay away from "heavy" beers, light beers can taste just as good.
3. Remember that white wines are lower in calories than red wines.
4. Try drinking a glass of water between drinks. You will not only fight off calories, but you will keep yourself hydrated as well.
5. Alcohol slows down the body's metabolism, which means you are burning less fat when you are drinking.
6. Don't forget to exercise at least 3 times a week.


THE DIFFERENCES IN CALORIES BETWEEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEER
Type of Beer
Oz.
Calories
Miller Lite
12
96
Budweiser
12
140
Bud Light
12
104
Corona
12
160
Busch
12
149
Natural Light
12
109
Coors Light
12
107
Michelob
12
156
Michelob Light
12
146
Sam Adams
12
178

THE DIFFERENCES IN THE AMOUNT OF CALORIES IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINE
Type of Wine
Oz.
Calories
Bordeaux, red
4
95
Burgundy, white
4
90
Cabernet Sauvignon
4
90
Champagne
4
105
Chardonnay
4
100
Chianti
4
100
Merlot
4
95
Reisling
4
90
Zinfandel, white
4
80
THE DIFFERENCES IN THE AMOUNT OF CALORIES IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF MIXED DRINKS
Type of drink
Oz.
Calories
Margarita
5
550
Mudslide
4.5
417
Long Island Ice Tea
8
380
White Russian
4.5
320
Pina Colada
6
293
Rum and Diet Coke
6
65
Vodka and Diet Sprite
6
65
Bloody Mary
5
90
Mike's Hard Lemonade
12
240
Zima
12
185


I don't know about you but at least half of my Christmas vacation is spent lounging on the couch watching movies with my family.  If your break sounds anything like that, here's an added bonus to help you through that lazy Christmas week.

We not only have a habit of enjoying a snack while we tune in to our television sets, we also tend not to pay attention to how much we're eating while we’re doing it.  In fact, research has shown that we automatically overdo portions when we snack in front of the television, especially on the foods we tend to eat too much of anyway like straight-out-of the bag potato chips.  So, we’re eating more than usual and we don’t even realize it.
Here are some tips that will help your weight loss/maintenance efforts survive your time in front of the TV this Christmas season:
  • Eat a meal as close to TV time as possible.
  • Divvy a portion of your snack into a single serving bag ahead of time.
  • Or, always use serving bowls instead of eating straight out of the package.
  • Don’t watch TV in a room next to the kitchen.
  • Keep a large bottle of water at your side and sip, sip away.
  • Snack ... but only during commercial breaks. That hand doesn’t go back into the bag once your show returns!
  • Ladies: Paint your nails. You may be looking at your hands instead of the TV or your snack.
  • Chew flavorful sugar-free gum. Pop it in at the beginning of your show. Not only will it keep your jaws busy, but if you take it out to eat, I’ll guarantee you your chosen snack food won’t be so tasty and you probably won’t keep going.
  • Choose something that takes a long time to chew like apple slices dipped in caramel or something you have to work for like peeling string cheese or shelling pistachios.
I hope you find these tips useful over the next week or so and from our family to yours,




1 comment:

  1. Awesomw tips and post. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas day. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back so nice to meet new friends. Sending you special wishes for the Christmas holidays and New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012

    Always Wendy

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