Many people don't realise that alcohol has almost the same amount of calories per gram as pure fat, so if you've overdone it over Christmas and want to lose a few pounds, cutting back on how much you drink can be a good place to start.
Take a look at this article from our Wellbeing Zone about the effects alcohol can have on your waistline…
Alcohol contains a lot of calories - 7 calories a gram in fact. That's almost the same as pure fat! This compares to 4 calories a gram for protein, 4 calories a gram for carbohydrates, and 9 calories a gram for fat.
According to a recent survey, people who consider themselves average wine drinkers (a few glasses a week) consume an excess of 2,000 calories per month. Over the course of a year, this is the equivalent of eating 184 packets of crisps!
Tips to avoid gaining weight:
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