How many calories are there in alcohol?

Hi Guys

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about Christmas. And we all know what Christmas means; presents, food and lots of Christmas boozing.

So, the question is how much damage does a Christmas drink do to your waistline?

Alcohol – is it good for you?

Ever heard that old tale that a drop of booze can actually be good for you?

Well, guess what – it’s TRUE.

You might be surprised to know that red wine has long been recommended as particularly beneficial to your health. High in antioxidants, moderate consumption has been shown to significantly limit the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

But before you all start cracking into the Merlot, hang on a second. The key word is moderate. Over–consumption of red wine, or any form of alcohol, will lead you down a very different path.

Three bad things about alcohol

  • It’s high in calories. With a whopping 7 calories per gram, the number of calories in alcohol is second only after fat (9 cals/g).
  • It increases your appetite. Studies have proven that alcohol does make you feel hungrier and consume more. And let’s be honest, the type of food you’re consuming is not good. Greasy takeaways and fast food are not only loaded with calories, but stuffed with saturated fat.
  • Your body burns off alcohol first. The calories in alcohol are metabolised first by your body, ahead of burning fat. So if you’ve had a heavy night and go out for a jog the next day, you might well burn off the wine. But the kebab will be left sitting around your waistline.

Here are a few tips to make sure that xmas drink doesn't undo all your good work in the gym...

Drink responsibly. What else did you expect me to say? Seriously guys - stay safe, pace yourself and think about what you’re drinking. Try and mix in the occasional glass of water.

Beware the late-night fast food. In terms of your health, it’s just as bad as the alcohol. If you’re tempted by a midnight McDonalds – then don’t be. Think of what that extra 1500 calories will look like around your belly, then grab a bottle of water instead.

Work it off. Now obviously everyone works hard and deserves to enjoy themselves at Christmas (especially if the boss is paying). But if you’ve had a big night, don’t just laze around the next day eating greasy food. Get up and get out. Work off last night’s excess in the gym. Trust me; you’ll feel a lot better afterwards.

Remember, Christmas is also the time of year when I leave my phone switched off in the morning. So if anyone thinks they’re going to bail out of a training session with me because of a hangover, they’re very, very wrong…


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