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A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 4. Alcohol.

I’m not a crazy calorie counter by any means.  But, I know that as a female who’s 5’7” tall, I don’t need many to keep my engine running.  Just an extra 500 each day will help me graduate to the next pants size in a relatively short amount of time.  It’s definitely not something I stress over, but I am conscious of how much fuel (calories) my tank (stomach) needs in a day to keep me going on this road trip (my busy day) without sputtering (bonking).

But liquid calories don’t count, right?

Well, I guess that’s what I WISH was true!

Knowing that just an extra 500 calories per day will reward me with an extra pound of body fat after just 7 days, I want to know what’s in my cup!

The math: 3,500 extra calories = 1 pound of body fat gained

I’d rather not drink my calories.  Rather eat them!  Get energy from them.  So I drink mainly water.  Homemade iced tea if we have it made.  Coffee.  A lot of coffee.

Well I’d rather not drink my calories except for my guilty pleasures: red wine and craft beer.  Everyone needs a vice, right?


Now why can’t THOSE drinks not have calories?  Ugh!

  • 8oz wine = 200 calories on average
  • Bottle of craft beer = 250 calories on average

Why can’t THOSE calories not count??  It’s just not fair!

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s helpful to see where all of this fits in to the eventual lifestyle change.  After all, if you put yourself on a diet, doesn’t that mean that eventually you will go off of it?

Diet Schmiet – give this girl a glass of wine!   

Learn to live with the foods and drinks you love, in true moderation.

Holidays like Thanksgiving (and all special occasions really) tend to be long days with plenty of opportunities to overindulge.  Check out these tips about alcohol my clients have benefited from over the years.

Like everything I talk about, this isn’t rocket science people.  It’s the basics.  Basic strategies and tips for navigating situations that could otherwise derail your weight loss efforts.  Here’s the alcoholic version:

  • Avoid drinking too many liquid calories, save room for the food!
  • Alternate a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink.  Keeps you hydrated (less headache) and full (less overeating)!
  • Know what’s what.  Generally, hard alcohol is 50 calories per ounce, wine 25 calories per ounce.  Thin them out and increase volume by adding sparkling water or flavored seltzer water.
  • Light beer runs about 100-150 calories for 12 ounces.  Regular beer 200+.
  • Remember, the higher the alcohol percentage, the higher the calorie.

Losing weight or not – I will be the first person to offer you a glass of wine.  Consider it practice.  What happens after the diet?  What happens after you hit your goal weight?

Resist the urge to go on a diet.  Instead, challenge yourself with changing your lifestyle.

Exercise?  Get in the routine.

Fruits/veggies?  House is stocked.

Wine?  A glass sounds good.

It all fits.  Everything fits.  The challenge is in your mind.  You got this.

A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps:  4. Drink.

Step 1: Breakfast.

Step 2: The Outfit.

Step 3: Move.


7 comments on “A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 4. Alcohol.

  1. Megan
    November 16, 2015

    I’m loving this blog! Simple and to the point. Great writing and excellent topics!

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      November 16, 2015

      Thanks Megan!! I’m so glad you’re reading it and getting something out of it. There’s plenty more on the way!


  2. amandaturner612
    November 16, 2015

    It was really interesting to see the 500 extra calories x 7 days idea… I’ve always thought of that in the reverse, to lose, but never to gain! This is obviously true, but it just has never crossed my mind. Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      November 16, 2015

      Thanks! It’s a little eye opening to see the formula in reverse, isn’t it? I think people can actually relate to an extra 500 per day adds to weight gain… It’s tangible, puts meaning behind the numbers on the nutrition label, etc. Thanks for reading, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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