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The World Cancer Research Fund reports that alcohol is second only to fat in its calorie density (how many calories contained per gram) and makes up nearly 10% of total calories taken in by those that drink. It also contains no nutrients, so is classed as empty calories. The implication is that when trying to lose weight and get fit, many dieters only pay attention to food, ignoring drinks. This leads to underestimation of calorific intake and a failure to lose weight.
The charity has unveiled a “booze calorie counter” ; it reveals that a pint of lager is the same as 3 chocolate digestives. A glass of wine is the same as a small Kit Kat.
The WCRF also warned that after smoking being overweight was the second biggest cause of cancer, and that recent studies have shown alcohol to be a cancer risk itself.
Our personal trainers at Diets Don’t Work all all experienced in the different ways of cutting down drinking in clients that are trying to get slim and fit.
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