This New Year’s Eve most people will raise a glass to toast 2011. But depending on what drink is in your glass, you could be ringing in the New Year with a little extra weight.
Extra calories that come from alcohol are stored as fat. Our bodies respond to alcohol similar to the way they do with excess carbohydrates. Carbohydrates that aren’t burned are stored as an energy source. If that energy source isn’t used, it can cause weight gain.
Combining alcohol with a meal can be especially fattening mainly because alcohol acts as a appetizer. One study found when a group of men was given a meal and allowed to eat as much as they wanted, they ate more when the meal was served with beer or wine rather than a soft drink.
To get an idea of the calorie count in different types of alcohol, here’s a list of some:
200 Calories or Less
•beer (12 oz.)
•rum (2 oz.) and Coke (5 oz.)
•Tom Collins (1.5 oz. gin, mix, and 2 oz. club soda)
•hot buttered rum (6 oz.)
•margarita cocktail (3 oz.)
•whiskey sour (2 oz. mix and 1.5 oz. whiskey)
150 Calories or Less
•martini (2 oz. gin and .5 oz. vermouth)
•bloody Mary (6 oz.)
•brandy (2 oz.)
•most light beers (12 oz.)
•daiquiri cocktail (2 oz.)
100 Calories or Less
•red wine (4 oz.)
•white wine (4 oz.)
•sangria (4 oz.)
•champagne (4 oz.)
•gin (1.5 oz.)
•rum (1.5 oz.)
•vodka (1.5 oz.)
•whisky (1.5 oz.)
In Atlanta, to help keep merrymakers in the thin of things, RA Sushi is launching a “New Year, New You” menu featuring three new skinny cocktails at $7 each — the delicate Cucumber Slenderita, the tart Cosmo-teeny and the Thin Mint Mojito that’s a spin on the Cuban highball. Look for these low-cal kickers from December 15 through January 31. Combined with fruit juices, TY KU Soju and sugar-free triple sec, these cocktails pack a punch while keeping calories down. Cheers!
RA Sushi in Atlanta is located on 1080 Peachtree Street at 1010 Midtown for information call 404-267-0114 or click here.
To see recipes for low-calorie alcoholic drinks click here.