Is your daily nightcap keeping you fat?
The ever popular mom trend of being a wino and needing wine daily after a long day with the kids is probably a huge reason your hanging onto that stubborn mom pooch. There is a lot of science on how alcohol negatively effects your health and fat burning goals, and the whole one glass of red wine a night is good for you is bull crap. Here’s the real deal in non science terms. ONE glass of alcohol stops you from burning fat for up to 48 hours! YES, you will not be burning any fat for up to 48 hours after drinking alcohol. Now, I’m not saying don’t have a social life because I love a cocktail with my hubby by the pool, but what I am saying is that you need to be smart about it, and pick and choose wisely when you will be engaging versus having a drink on a daily basis. Save the adult beverages for the special occasions to keep your body in fat burning mode.
Macro Counting and Alcohol
If you’ve read any of my other posts or follow me on Instagram, you know that I stay in shape by counting my macros. When it comes to alcohol, you’re most likely falling for the low calorie/low carb gimmicks (think Mich Ultra, White Claw, and Truly). In reality, you’re logging your adult beverages all wrong. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. Which means it is not a fat or a carb, but you have to log as one or the other. So to all my macro counting babes out there, you need to know how to do this properly so you can still see results!
How to Log Alcohol
Example White Claw 100 calories and only 2g of Carbs….. OR IS IT?
If you do the calculations correctly it is 12.5g of Carbs and 5.5 grams of fat, so you will either need to log as a fat or a carb to be able to enter it into your macros correctly!
Alcohol is the 4th macronutrient, after the main 3 (carbohydrate, protein, and fat). While carbohydrate and protein each contribute 4 calories per gram and fat contributes 9 calories per gram, alcohol contributes 7 calories per gram. So, it’s not quite a fat, but definitely not a carbohydrate either.
I like to use an alcohol calculator to make sure I’m logging things correctly. This is my favorite one (and it’s also an app)!
It’s time to be smart, not silly, when it comes to your favorite adult beverage and start properly tracking and logging. You also need to start choosing when to engage or not engage.