While most people think that the secret to weight loss is to cut down on the amount of food they consume – as well as switch away from fatty foods – they could be doing more by reducing the amount of alcohol they consume.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the consumption of alcohol can in fact represent a significant proportion of a person's calorie intake - as much as ten per cent in some cases.
For example, a large glass of red wine, which many consider not to have a high calorie amount, is in fact the equivalent of two chocolate biscuits. This is roughly about 178 calories.
"The calories in alcoholic drinks account for a significant proportion of a drinker's calorie consumption while providing little, if any, nutritional benefit," commented Kate Mendoza, head of health information at the World Cancer Research Fund.
"Cutting down on drinking can have a big effect on weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight. Recent reports have shown that people are unaware of calories in drinks and don't include them when calculating their daily consumption."
Posted by Philip Briggs
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