We all know that this time of year gets a little crazy. Every which way you look you are being invited to Christmas functions where the challenge of ‘just a couple of drinks’ is put upon you. This is a critical time for everyone where it is so easy to undo the good work you have put in this year and have it blow out all too easily in the space of six weeks. I spoke about this in great depth at our nutrition seminar but here is a little snippet of information in case you missed it. Below we take a look at abundance of calories in drinks alone. Becareful however of the calorie laden foods which go hand in hand with some of these drinks (cheese, nuts, chips, deep fried goodies, pastries and kebabs to name a few. Hopefully you will think twice before you have just that ‘one more’. If you consider that a single extra night of drinking each week can result in another kilogram of body weight by the end of December, it is easy to see how weight gain is a common side effect of frequent partying.

Standard Drink

Calories

Kilojoules

Training Hours

Crown Lager

150

630

1hr on bike

Hahn Superdry

100

415

1hr walk

Coopers Premium Light

85

350

10mins skipping

Pure Blonde

105

445

20min rowing

Bourbon & Coke

120

500

30min X Trainer

Bourbon & Diet Coke

70

290

10 flights stairs

Bundaberg & Coke Pre Mix

275

1150

30min run

Smirnoff

210

880

20min boxing

Ruski

220

990

60mins cardio

Champagne

85

355

20mins stepper

1 bottle wine

560

2352

Computrainer

Cosmo

150

630

PUMP class

Vodka Lime and Soda

90

350

 

All figures are based on rough estimates only

Tips for alcohol success

1.     Become the DD (Not Drunk & Disorderly 🙂 … Designated Driver)

2.     Order spirits in a tall glass with lots of ice

3.     Count your glasses and aim for 1 an hour

4.     Eat before you go out

5.     Aim for 1 glass of water in addition to your alcohol each hour

6.     Decide how much you will drink before you go out

7.     Ditch carbs on nights you are planning to drink

8.     Swap cocktails in favour of spirits

9.     Always ask for low calorie mixers including soda, diet coke or lime juice

10.  Avoid pre mixed drinks altogether