A lot of us watch what we eat, but how often do we think of all the empty calories we drink? Sure soda is the number one thing that people point out, but what about alcohol?
I remember a food challenge on The Biggest Loser they mentioned how drinking a six pack of beer would be like to sitting down and eating two loaves of bread. Who would do that?
When we are at the bar, in the club, or at a social event, there are no nutrition labels on the beer or cooler bottles. Certainly none on mixed drinks. Friday night, I had 4 drinks. To most people (at least those I hang out with) this is nothing. So let's break it down, shall we? Now keep in mine, my dietitian wants me on a 1400 calorie a day regimen, which I'm sure I reached, if not exceeded that Friday BEFORE going out.
(Facts from CalorieKing.com - For Food Awareness )
3 Smirnoff Raspberry Ice bottles:
249 Calories each = 747 Calories
40 Carbs each = 120 Carbs
1 Long Island Ice Tea:
276 Calories per 8 oz = Aldo Glasses 21 oz = 725 Calories
33 Carbs per 8 oz - 21 oz = 87 Carbs
In one night out, I drank 1472 Calories and 207 Carbs. That's over my entire daily allowance!! I had two days worth of calories in ONE DAY! Sad thing is, afterwards we all went to Denny's and had a big fatass burger too, so who know what the hell that came too!
It's frightening to see these totals. I hope to help my partners in crime at the bar and at the gym with this information too. Check out that site, as they have one of the biggest lists of alcoholic beverage nutrition info. I even have the pocketsized book I'll bring to the bar, so we can look things up before we decide to drink! LOL
So enough with the whining and crying about gaining weight. I eat great during the week, all to just blow it on the weekends. I'm fighting an uphill battle, and it sucks ass!! I have to go back to my non-alcoholic lifestyle. I went from having drinks about 5 times a year to twice a week. That has really helped pack the pounds back on.
I just wanted to dedicate this post to my greatest online inspiration, Jody (click here for her site/blog). She's just amazing, and her comments and tough love on my blogspot always brighten my day. I call her my "online Jillian"!! There's just some people, that you may never meet face to face, but they definitely leave their mark and impact your life. Jody is one of those people!
Anyway, after seeing those calorie counts, my mouth just dropped and my head shook. I've totally been my own worst enemy. No more will I let a week's worth of diet and exercise go down the tubes because of alcohol. It's back to water and diet pepsi for me!
Ciao for now.. have a great Monday y'all!!