We all know that alcohol is hardly one of the major food groups, and certainly something to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight and be healthy.

But, we all like a glass of wine to relax after a hard week at work, or with a meal out with our friends or partner.

Shocking stats from the World Cancer Research Fund show that alcohol makes up nearly 10% of all calories consumed by drinkers.

Consider that large glass of wine you could well be enjoying while you’re reading this – it has about 178 calories, empty, un-nutritious calories, the same as 2 digestive biscuits. And to burn it off? You’ll have to go for a brisk walk for about 30 minutes.

So, if you’re watching your calorie intake and trying to be healthy….lay off the alcohol. And if you’re going to have the odd cheeky glass of wine? Include it in your calorie counting. Reduce your intake by going for smaller glasses, adding soda water or a low-cal soft drink.

Check out the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Alcohol Calorie Calculator – which shows how much exercise you’d need to do to burn off the calories.

 

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