Alcohol can be very caloric; it has 7kcal per gram. In a 330ml bottle of beer, you can find between 120-150kcal (or the equivalent of 2 slices of bread). In a medium glass of wine, 180ml, you see around 150-180kcal and roughly (2 slices of bread) and 150kcal per gin and tonic (1.5 slices of bread).
If you are consuming several beverages, this may bring you over your calorie goal. A one-off will not hinder your weight loss goals; however, it is an easy way to find yourself overconsuming calories regularly. Tips for including alcoholic drinks in moderation:
- Choose light beer over regular beer. You could cut down the calories in half just by making the switch.
- Avoid cocktails. They are high in alcohol and sugar. Just one drink could contain 600 kcal (the number of calories for a healthy lunch or dinner).
- When mixing alcohol, choose sugar-free options. For example, choose sugar-free soda over regular, and choose water and ice over fruit juices.