Calorie Conscious Alcohol Drinks: How to Imbibe Without Breaking Your Caloric Limitations

To get technical: The higher the alcohol content, the less calories you’ll end up taking in since you’ll get drunk much much faster.  So beer is the worst option, and Everclear or pure alcohol is the best.  Vodka is just as good as Everclear because it’s basically grain alcohol diluted with water.

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram.  So 100 mL of something with more alcohol content in it will have more calories.   If you’re drinking beer over liquor, you’ll end up consuming more calories. If we’re strictly talking pure liquor (no mixers, etc), then it’s not going to make a difference what you drink really. Clear alcohols like Vodka, Gin, and Everclear will have less calories than, say, Rum, but even then you’re talking the difference of maybe 30-40 calories a shot?  However 40% ABV rum has pretty much the same amount of calories per shot as 40% ABV vodka or gin (maybe +/- 3 calories per shot). The % ABV is the main determiner of how many calories will be in a shot of hard alcohol – see here. This isn’t true if you are drinking something like Malibu or some sort of liqueur which has a lot of added sugars and stuff, but for things like Captain Morgan or Maker’s Mark, it will be.

You’re reading it in his voice, aren’t you?

Keep in mind to make sure you have enough to eat beforehand within your caloric limits or something to snack on during. You can try to cut calories all you want with your choice of drink, but what’s stopping piss-drunk you from grabbing fast food at 3 AM – undoing all that calorie-cutting effort?

No Need to Argue About Calories vs Nutritional Quality: Both Matter

I come across it all the time. Angry folks who claim that when it comes to weight and/or health, calories don’t matter at all and that what really matters is the quality or types of foods, or the folks who claim that the quality or types of foods don’t matter at all, it just comes down to calories.

It’s both of course.

Source: The False Dichotomy Between Food

For 99% of overweight people, they can make much greater progress by just focusing on quantity control. This is a fact. Once they get healthy (and if you can afford it) then you can start to focus on quality. The problem is with the paleo nutjobs who say “oh it’s paleo, I can eat a ton of it” about stuff like “natural” honey, etc. When in reality eating lots of honey is no better than eating a lot of sugar.

Some Food Labels Could Be Overestimating Calorie Counts

The method most commonly used to assess the number of calories in foods is flawed, overestimating the energy provided to the body by proteins, nuts and foods high in fiber by as much as 25 percent, some nutrition experts say.

“The amount of calories a person gets from protein and fiber are overstated,” said Geoffrey Livesey, the head of Independent Nutrition Logic, a nutrition consulting company in Britain, and a nutrition consultant to the United Nations. “This is especially misleading for those on a high-protein, high-fiber diet, or for diabetics” who must limit their intake of carbohydrates.

An adult aiming to take in 2,000 calories a day on a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may actually be consuming several hundred calories less, he and other experts said. Calorie estimates for junk foods, particularly processed carbohydrates, are more accurate.

Source: On Food Labels, Calorie Miscounts

Part of the problem is that calories are traditionally measured by burning food and measuring how much energy it takes to get the food to boil water (basically, it operates under the assumption humans are steam engines).

There’s been scientific papers for years pointing out that calorie counts are not accurate, and that even relying on them for any measure of health even when they are accurate may be completely irrelevant to human health.

How to Determine the Number of Calories You Should Eat to Lose Weight

When you start a diet, determining how much to eat can feel a bit like playing calorie roulette. Many people turn to a calorie calculator, but they can greatly overestimate the amount of food that you need to lose weight. Here’s how to calculate your own target.

Source: How to Determine the Number of Calories You Should Eat to Lose Weight

What matters is what works for you to maintain a healthy body mass. If calorie counting doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. But for others it can, and does.  You can lose weight without calorie counting.  And you might want to consider altering recipes to get more protein out of your food.  You might be like me, sabotaging yourself with emotional eating (the Broccoli test, or mindfulness).

Your diet is already in progress?  Check this post if your weight loss stalls, or this one specifically for women.  There’s some good ways to deal with hunger while on your diet.  Finally, failing isn’t always failing – there are some benefits.

When Low Calorie Foods Actually Screw Your Diet

“Low calorie” foods are all the rage these days. Sure, they may seem like a good idea on the surface, but sometimes they’re as silly as thinking “if I cut this cake in half, I can eat twice the amount.” Here’s how to tell when the lower-calorie option is the right decision.

Source: When Low Calorie Foods Actually Screw Your Diet

Yes, the old trick of “I can eat more because of lower impact”… And remember that you can’t always trust food marketing – they are not nutritionists.

The article mentions high protein, low carb as a means to addressing satiety in a healthy fashion, but fat content will do the same.  Consult this post for how to incorporate more protein into common recipes.  As we see in the Mediterranean Diet, we can tolerate more fat than we’ve been led to believe in the past few decades.  Avocados are high in calories and fat, but are incredibly healthy.  You can loose weight without counting calories.

Laughing Burns How Many Calories?

What about tickling?  I want to know about tickling.

Buchowski and colleagues from Vanderbilt University in Nashville recruited 31 males and 63 females aged 18–34 years to participate in the study. All participants were tested in friend pairs because laughter is far more likely to occur in social contexts and more likely to occur among friends than among strangers. The study was conducted in a whole-room indirect calorimeter (which measures the heat created by those inside) equipped with an acoustic recording system.

For 90 min, each pair viewed a series of film clips selected to evoke either a laughing response or a neutral response. The film clips aimed at evoking a neutral response included boring documentaries on England’s landscape and the like.

Source: How Many Calories Do You Burn By Laughing?

I need a study where I can watch various clips – Monty Python, Faulty Towers, Black Adder, Seinfeld, The Office, Arrested Development, QI , Archer, Venture Bros… the list goes on and on.

US FDA: Ruining Your Cheesecake and Popcorn with Calorie Counts

The Food and Drug Administration announced sweeping rules on Tuesday that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on their menus. Health experts said the new requirements would help combat the country’s obesity epidemic by showing Americans just how many calories lurk in their favorite foods.

The rules will have broad implications for public health. As much as a third of the calories that Americans consume come from outside the home, and many health experts believe that increasingly large portion sizes and unhealthy ingredients have been significant contributors to obesity in the United States.

…Perhaps the most surprising element of the new rules was the inclusion of alcoholic beverages, which had not been part of an earlier proposal. Beverages served in food establishments that are on menus and menu boards will be included, but a mixed drink at a bar will not, F.D.A. officials said.

…The National Grocers Association said: “Grocery stores are not chain restaurants, which is why Congress did not initially include them in the law. We are disappointed that the F.D.A.’s final rules will capture grocery stores, and impose such a large and costly regulatory burden on our members.”

Source: F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

I agree that having the information can be beneficial, but that information can be used for shaming – which is known not to work.  You need “cheat” days, where it doesn’t matter.  It’s to be a treat, not for every day…

The Amount of Weight You Could Realistically Gain in One Day

Everyone fears the consequence of a diet that has gone off the rails.

…We asked Samantha Cassetty, R.D., M.S., nutrition director at Luvo, just how much weight you can realistically gain in one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad (eating) day. And it turns out, you’d have to take in a ridiculous amount of food to gain even just a pound in one day.

Source: The Max Amount of Weight You Could Realistically Gain in One Day

Bad eating day?  Consider the “Never Two in a Row” plan