The average Australian consumes an extra 500 calories a day, which equates to about one pound of weight gain after four days, during the lean season.
Aside from Christmas Day – when people indulge well in excess of the recommended caloric intake – eating around 6,000 calories – one of the worst culprits for festive enjoyment is the office party.
A study published last year found that the average office party attendee will consume 4,941 calories at work.
In general, the recommended daily calories are 2,000 calories per day for women and 2,500 for men.
But if you’re looking to make healthy choices while still having fun, UK-based dietitian Terry-Anne Nunes said there are ways you can still have fun while keeping your calorie count in check.
“Some simple swaps can be made to ensure you reduce calories without affecting your festive spirits,” she said. the sun.
Here are the six best alcohol swaps that can help you enjoy the festivities without feeling completely guilty.
Replace the Long Island Iced Tea with a Bloody Mary
Many of us love to drink a cocktail during special occasions – but there’s a popular drink that will shock you with its calorie content.
Long Island Iced Tea contains a huge number of calories, ranging from 355 to 770 calories depending on the ingredients used.
“Without taking into account the potential for a looming hangover, the calorie content of this drink is greater than just a cheeseburger from McDonald’s,” Nunes said.
“If you want a healthier cocktail, choosing something like a Bloody Mary means you’ll consume a lot fewer calories and you can even eat two of your five-a-day (servings of vegetables) if you’re drinking 150ml of tomato juice and tomato juice.” If you eat a celery stick afterward.
A Long Island Iced Tea can contain more calories than a Big Mac, which contains about 564 calories according to McDonald’s Australia. website.
Replace a pint of beer with a bottle of beer
It’s not the standard measure for a beer, but more pubs and bars in Australia are now serving pints, and it can take a toll on your waistline during celebrations when we consume more than usual.
But there is a very simple solution.
A pint of beer contains 210 calories, while a bottle contains 140 calories.
“The term ‘beer belly’ doesn’t exist without a reason. Beer can be a big contributor to weight gain,” Nunes said.
You can also replace this pint with a schooner that has the same nutritional value as a bottle of beer.
Replace the gene and tonic with the slimline gene and tonic
Changing your blender to a sugar-free alternative will cut calories significantly.
A regular gin and tonic contains 100 calories, while a skinny tonic contains only 60 calories.
“If you’re trying to control your weight, it’s a really easy switch and the taste is almost the same.”
Replace a large glass of wine with prosecco
Celebrating with bubbles instead of a large glass of wine will cut down on calories significantly.
“A large glass of wine contains 220 calories while a glass of prosecco contains only 85 calories,” Nunes said.
“You will often find that the sugar content can be lower in prosecco, which again gives it the advantage when it comes to calories.
“A glass of prosecco will provide you with 1.5 units of alcohol while a large glass of wine will likely contain around three units.”
Replace the dessert wine with a glass of sherry
It’s an acquired taste, but during those YOLO moments, some of us will enjoy dessert wine — but it works out to about 118 calories.
Nunns revealed that a glass of sherry contains only 60 and tastes similar.
Replace whiskey with vodka
One shot of whisky, which is equal to 25 ml, contains about 64 calories.
For a healthy swap, choose vodka as one measure. One 25 ml cup contains about 50 calories.
“A double measure with a sweet mixer like Coca-Cola is about 170 calories per serving, which is more than a sailboat of beer,” experts told Glamor magazine.
“So choose a single dose and mix it with low-calorie soda and fresh lemon instead.”
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