What is the Calorie Breakdown of Beer?
When it comes to a shrinking waistline, many people wonder about the calorie breakdown of beer. After all, how many luxuries from the fridge have you cut out to aid in a smaller waist?
So when it comes to beer, most people start arguing with themselves like some kind of Freudian or Pavlovian concept. “I’ve been good today, I’ll only have one beer…”
Right? But what it really looks like is this…. “Ill only have one beer….right after I finish this one!”
Is it really that bad?
I can tell you that it all depends who you talk to and your true goals. If you are trying to compete with that fitness model on Pinterest, then you should probably cut beer from your diet and any other Fun that you have in life.
I recently read in Men’s Health about a few male fitness models. One said that he has about 12 – 16 beers per year. PER YEAR!
OMG, how does he survive? Well, to each his own. But I can tell you that beer is part of my life, just as much as fitness and my intense workouts. They kinda go hand in hand.
Often times when I am working out I feel like Wile E Coyote chasing the Roadrunner. The only difference is that the Roadrunner is my delicious IPA and the chase are these viscous burpees and HIIT training workouts I love and hate.
Good Things that come from Beer
It has often been said that God created Beer because he wanted us to be happy. That or I have been reading too many t-shirts and bumper stickers.
The truth is, Beer brings us together! When was the last time you heard someone throw out an invitation after a long day for an awesome carrot juice smoothie? Although that may sound good, who wants one after work? That is more like something you do on your own time and just forget to tell anybody about it.
Beer is good for you….in moderation! We drink beer to relax, we drink beer to celebrate, and sometimes we drink beer to create inspiration.
So, can we still drink beer and lose weight? Absolutely!
Life is about balance, and if you are trying to shed a few pounds, do it in moderation. If you cut out all the joys in life, you may start to forget why you are doing it all in the first place.
The Calorie Breakdown of Beer
If you really want to keep suds in your diet while you are trying to slim down, keep a cool count on what you are consuming. I don’t recommend only drinking beer while football is on, because with the current schedule you would be drinking every day of the week.
Instead, understand what is in your beer and adjust your diet accordingly.
A rule of thumb:
The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calorie count. So if the holidays are creeping up and you are enjoying the new Ocktoberfest or Oatmeal Buttermilk Stout on Nitro, the chances are your packing in the calories.
So to give yourself a little balance, enjoy that first taste of high calorie amazing in a glass, then switch to something a little lighter.
Here is a good chart to help you balance the taste vs calories:
One of the best beer alternatives when it comes to beer is Vodka. And there are fantastic vodkas out there that are truly low calorie. However, the kicker with Vodka is that people usually throw in some high sugar mixers that negate any calorie savings you are planning.
If this is your plan, try adding some seltzer and lemon. If you can manage the taste adjustment, then you are heading down the right path.
Just be careful, drinking vodka is a bit different that drinking beer. Beer usually gives you a relaxed feeling and too many may give you a headache.
Too many vodka sodas and you may wake up the gutter wondering why you can’t feel your face.
Celebrate with Beer
Now that you have a firm grip on the calorie breakdown of beer, maybe you are a little more inclined to kick back and enjoy a few with your coworkers after a long hard day.
- Keep up your workout program
- Stay consistent
- Hold yourself accountable
- Enjoy life!
I hope you found the calorie breakdown of beer helpful, and as always, please drink responsibly. And remember, don’t drink while you are on the treadmill…you might spill your beer!