Tip 5– Take care with alcohol. Different foods (liquids included) have different calorific values, that is to say 1 gram of something might have a lot more calories in it than 1 gram ofsomething else. 1 gram of carbohydrate has 4 calories in it. Protein has the same amount and fat has a whopping 9 calories per gram. Alcohol (like those glasses of wine you have in the evening) has 7 calories in it per gram, nearly as much as fat! This explains why a glass of wine has so many calories in it, around 120 per glass, and even more for beer at 200+ per glass. So if you are having 2 pints of beer a night, this adds up to 2800 calories a week, which equals 1.5 days worth of calories on top of what you are having in a week; this equates roughly to a weight gain of 2llb a week. For wine the equation is similar, 2 glasses a night will be the equivalent of putting on 1llb a week in fat. And this is if you are eating well and the right amounts in the first place!!
So try to cut down. Habits are easy to break-you are in the habit of driving on the left, but when you go to the continent you adjust to driving on the right almost instantly. So try to drink a sugar free squash or water instead, and save wine for a special occasion. We are always advising clients to try to use the 80-20 ratio. So be good for 80% of the time, and then let go for 20% of the time. Within reason. If you must drink then try to go for a clear spirit with a low calorie mixer like soda , slimline tonic and diet coke. If you can do this, AND exercise in a constructive way 4 or 4 times a week then you will have a great chance of reaching the target of a slimmer and trimmer you.