Remember the 1988 movie Cocktail with Tom Cruise. How we all wanted to become bartenders and learn how to toss those liquor bottles around in the air. In the movie, Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) opened up a bar and called it “Cocktails & Dreams.” It got me thinking about this particular post. Do cocktails really fulfill our dreams… or hinder them?
Whenever the discussion of weight loss comes up; the first thing people tell me they have to do is stop drinking. Surprisingly to many of these people; I tell them that drinking alcohol is one of the least contributing factors to their weight gain. The average 12 oz “light” beer contains approximately 100 calories. The average 12 oz “regular” beer contains approximately 150 calories. A glass of red wine (4-5 oz.) is approximately 125 calories. A shot (1.5 oz) of vodka contains about 96 calories and so does a shot of rum. So if you do the math, even if you drank a six pack of beer, your calorie intake would not be as bad as you eating say a “Hawaiian style” plate lunch consisting of two scoops of rice, a scoop of mac salad and a pile of greasy chicken katsu.
The problem that is associated with drinking and weight gain is the added calories you don’t realize you’re consuming. Take a look around the bar the next time you’re sitting there. Do you see a cup of peanuts or bar snacks? What do you see on the bar menu? Do you see french fries, onion rings, chicken wings, friend mushrooms? Ah ha, you now discovered the true culprit! The average 1 oz. slug of peanuts (bar nuts) contains approximately 170 calories. Just imagine you sitting there watching the game, having a beer and not knowing you stuck your hand in the peanut jar numerous times. Each time swallowing more calories than that one beer you just ordered.
As you party along, all of a sudden you get the “munchies.” So what do you do next (after eating a bowl or two of peanuts)? You got it! You just ordered a side of french fries and/or fried chicken wings.
Here’s a great tip. Try to eat a small healthy meal before you go out partying with the Turtles. You’ll find that you may drink less and the alcohol will digest better with the meal that you would have already eaten.
If you want to learn more about what’s in your next cocktail, check out this link.