Many people like to toast the holidays with an alcoholic beverage in hand.
But those extra ales and glasses of bubbly can quickly go to your middle. Here's how to avoid knocking back too many unwanted, empty calories:
· Don't make yours a double. On average, you get 100 calories or more in a single alcoholic drink, measured as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liqueur. Those are smaller portions that are usually served at parties. Your best bet? Pour your own glass, and only halfway.
· Have a nonalcoholic beverage first. If you're planning to imbibe, start with a glass of water to ensure you're not using alcohol to quench simple thirst. Try to limit yourself to two to three drinks in 24 hours.
· Avoid heavier, blended drinks. Blended beverages often include ice cream, fruit juices or additional sugars. The classic eggnog can contain upward of 300 calories! Stick to the straight stuff such as wine, beer or something with a shot of water.
· Keep your head. Even moderate alcohol consumption can impair good dietary judgment. After drinking, that one portion of sweet potato casserole might turn to a second or third helping.
· Remember, even a single drink can impair your ability to drive safely.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and fit holiday!
* Respectfully borrowed from ACE News and Notes.