Sure, alcohol, we all know, has a lot of empty calories, making it an enemy to any diet. One to two glasses of wine or beer in the evening quickly provide the body with the calories of a cheeseburger!
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Alcohol has 7 kilocalories per gram, boosts appetite in many and slows down the burning of fat. Because as long as alcohol is in the body, no fat is burned, because the body first breaks down the alcohol.
Why? For the body, glucose (carbohydrates) and alcohol are the most usable fuel. In order to produce energy from fat, more complex metabolic processes have to take place.
But now and then, especially on a balmy summer evening, the desire for a glass of wine grabs you and for a barbecue the bottle of beer belongs to it anyway. Now it's time to make a smart choice so you do not have too many liquid calories for hip gold.
Calorie-saving tips for beer drinkers
Beer gives the body less calories than wine - some beers even fewer calories than apple juice - but beer has one major drawback: beer whets the appetite and we get hungry. Beer fans who want to save a few calories, grab the best to the, now quite good tasting, light beers or a non-alcoholic beer.
The taste and the feeling of being on the grill with the beer in hand are there. The light beers are on the long side but much better for the figure.
But how many calories does such a beer have? We have counted the calories for some beers - here is our result:
Erdinger Weissbier Weißbier is the beer with the most calories, because at least half of the beer is made from wheat malt and malt has a lot of calories: 1 bottle (500 ml) has 240 Kcal. By the way, there is also a non-alcoholic version of "Erdinger" Weissbier.
Beck's Gold, Beck's normal, Jever Three popular beers that can be found at most parties. And all three have the same number of calories: 1 bottle (330 ml) has 132 Kcal.
Becks Lemon A sweet "girl's beer", similar to a cyclist that delivers fewer calories than regular beer, although it also contains lots of sugar: 1 bottle (330 ml) has 122 Kcal.
Jever Light Jever is a beer that is rather tart in the taste. Probably the reason why the light beer from Jever, unlike other light beers, hardly tastes different from "normal" beer in terms of taste. Each beer bottle saves about one third of the calories and half of the alcohol content (2.5%) with Jever Light: 1 bottle (330 ml) has only 86 Kcal.
Beck's non-alcoholic, Jever Fun Both non-alcoholic beers have about half the calories of the original: 1 bottle (330 ml) has 59 Kcal.
Clausthaler Alcohol-free In comparison to other non-alcoholic beers, this is not necessarily our first choice, very malty. The same calorie content with the Jever Light: 1 bottle (330 ml) has 86 Kcal.
For wine fans
Wine has a bit more calories than beer, but the advantage that after the wine consumption less typical food cravings. The higher the alcohol content in the wine, the more calories a glass delivers.
Red wine One to two glasses of red wine are, according to scientists, healthy for the heart and circulation. The health effect caused by the phenols contained in red wine, so-called phytochemicals.
Red wine contains, due to the manufacturing process, especially many of the predominantly occurring in grape skins and seeds phenols (circa: 1, 500- 4, 000 mg / l). The calories of red wine:
- 1 glass of heavy red wine (200 ml) = 156 Kcal
- 1 glass of light red wine (200 ml) = 132 Kcal
Red wine spritzer red wine spritzer is certainly a bit strange, unless you come from the southwest of Germany. But for us in the middle and north, the mix of red wine and soda should be worth a try. Especially tasty in the summer are light, sweet rose or red wines that are drunk chilled. Simply mix in the ratio one-to-one (one part red wine, one part mineral water) and enjoy: 1 glass (200 ml) has only 78 Kcal.
White wine In contrast to red wine, white wine contains only 200-500 mg of phenols per liter. However, it also delivers a little less calories:
- 1 glass of dry white wine (200 ml) = 144 kcal
- 1 glass (200 ml) white wine semi-dry = 148 kcal
- 1 glass (200 ml) white wine sweet = 198 kcal
White wine spritzer Mixed with ice-cold mineral water in the ratio of one-to-one, one part of dry white wine and one part of mineral water. 1 glass (200 ml) has 72 kcal
The sparkling wine drinks such as champagne, sparkling wine or champagne, the sweeter, the more calories. Because these pinch drinks are usually served in 0.1 glasses, there are the calories here for 100 ml:
- 1 glass of Prosecco semi-dry (100 ml) = 75 kcal
- 1 glass of Prosecco dry (100 ml) = 68 kcal
- 1 glass of champagne (100 ml) = 79 kcal
- 1 glass of champagne dry (100 ml) = 79 kcal
- 1 glass of champagne semi-dry (100 ml) = 90 kcal
- 1 glass of sparkling sweet (100 ml) = 110 kcal
Incidentally, there are now also non-alcoholic wine and prosecco, but the taste is not convincing for everyone. An easy way to reduce the calorie content in wine is spritzers. Best in the mix with bubbly tingling mineral water.
Finally, we give tips that make it easier for you to renounce alcohol:
- Do without the usual drinks, for example after work, or reduce them significantly. For example, instead of 2 glasses of red wine just a glass of white wine spritzer. At least 3 days a week you should be able to do without alcoholic beverages.
- To grab the soft drinks variants
- Moderate drinking (usually with 1 drink per day for women, 2 drinks for men described)
- One full alcohol-free week (including weekends): It is easier for many to give up alcohol completely for a set period of time.
- Do not replace alcohol with "boring" mineral water, but in a sociable round enjoy a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail or a low-sugar lemonade.