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‘Tis the season to be drinking. Nutritionist May Simpkin, writing for Healthista, reveals the best choices for alcohol drinks to avoid piling on the pounds this party season.
Many people who value a healthy lifestyle will also drink, ensuring they're 'drinking smart' over the festive period.
Evenings - Glass - Wine - Nights - Cocktails
However, all too often, cozy evenings in are accompanied by a 'relaxing' glass of wine and social nights out wouldn't be complete without indulging in cocktails, wine with the meal and perhaps a nightcap to finish.
Some scientific studies will identify health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption, but many others will report increased risk of developing diseases such as cancer or liver disease.
Alcohol - Question - Clients
As such, alcohol is one question virtually all my clients ask about.
Without doubt, it will have an effect on your body and it is very easy to underestimate the number of calories you are drinking. An occasional drink or just one per day will not have too much of an effect on achieving your health goals, but more than this can.
Loss - Plateau - Waistline - Clothes - Drinking
If you're frustratingly stuck on a weight loss plateau, or have found your waistline tugging at your clothes, addressing your drinking habits will go a long way to avoid the alcohol fueled eating that will undo your week's healthy eating. As with food, portion control is just as important to take into account for all drinks.
When it comes to alcohol, there is no need to avoid it all together. However, no alcohol is healthy and it provides zero nutritive value.
Moderation - Control - Choices - Calories - Question
It is all about moderation, control and making good choices. It is not just about counting calories but also a question of looking at the whole health profile of a beverage; its sugar content, whether it is hydrating and also whether what you add to it can provide any nutritive value....
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