Alcohol is a diet killer that’s for sure. As a reminder for _each_ drink, in round numbers:
Beer (12oz): 150 calories (16oz pint): 200 calories
Light beer (12oz): 100 calories * best diet choice…tastes so lousy I can’t drink more than 1
Wine (5oz): 100 calories (8oz glass): 160 calories
Vodka (1.5oz) 100 calories (3oz ‘martini’): 200 calories
and of course, have more than 1 drink, and it all multiples…ouch when you go to enter it into a daily food log
With my non-exercise, sedentary BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) calculated be to be roughly 2,000 calories a day…this is the total number of calories that I need in order to maintain my current weight…2 pints of beer is 20% of my daily calorie ‘budget’…3 pints, 30%…my food diary screams if/when those numbers go in.
In the ‘season’ when I’m burning an extra 1,000-2,000 exercise calories a day on average…and BIG days, 5-6,000 calories, the impact is more ‘hidden’…although then you take the veil away, and look at the numbers, alcohol…with it’s total lack of any nutrition…is a real waste of a calorie budget…and makes it _really_ tough to get some weight off.