Wine and beer are the nation’s favourite alcoholic drink, but how many calories are in each? According to the NHS the average drinker takes in around 2,000 calories from alcohol every month.
Unsurprisingly this is not good for your waist line, so which drink really is the best diet option?
Unfortunately for beer drinkers is seems that wine comes out on top.
According to the NHS a standard glass of wine, which is 175ml, contains 126 calories.
On the other hand a pint of beer, which is around 5 per cent alcohol value, has 215 calories. This is likely to be the route of the dreaded beer belly phenomenon.
Website Wine Folly reports that there is 750 calories in a bottle of wine, and 900 calories in a six pack of ale.
Beer is also higher in carbs, which adds to the unhealthy factor. A break down of different kinds of beer states that a light beer will have up to 162 calories a larger up to 223, while an ale could have 266 calories. An imperial ale could have up to 360 calories.
On the other hand a glass of champagne could have up 160 calories. The highest calorie wine is a dessert wine.
However, it is important to remember that one standard glass of wine is equal to one and a half bottles of light beer in terms of alcohol content. So, if you are making a diet swap you should be conscious that you should drink less.
The NHS said: “Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, which is equivalent to six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine.”
As well as what you drink, diet swaps made to what you eat can effortlessly help you slim down.
One such swap is changing the cooking oil that you make your food with. There is one type of oil preferred by diet experts.
Nutritionists recommend coconut oil to help you lose weight, as it is broken down different to other fats in the body.
One diet swap that some people chose in a bid to slim is vegetarianism – but experts are warning that excluding meat may actually make you fatter.
This is because protein, which is found mostly in meat, helps to reduce hunger, according to scientists at the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Missouri.
Many people are tempted to swap meat for more carbs, such as pasta and rice, but this could have a negative impact on your weight.
Esther Blum, R.D, told Women’s Health: “Don’t be a French fry vegetarian! Just because it fits your criteria of being fit for a vegetarian diet doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.”
“Keep your carbs whole food based. [They] should not come in a package with more than five ingredients—unless they’re herbs and spices,” she added.