‘The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Choose your booze carefully…

Alcohol is not great for dieters. While some studies show that red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to retain the “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood, this is also something that can be achieved through a healthy diet.

Alcohol itself is viewed by your body as a ‘toxin’ and therefore, drinking alcohol and eating a big meal can wreak havoc on your digestion and body’s storage of calories.

But if you really want to celebrate the weekend, or just enjoy an after-dinner drink, then ‘choose your booze’ carefully, and moderate your portions. Here’s how:

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What should you drink?

The best choices are red wine, or whisky, or a light (not low calorie, light coloured) beer. These drinks all have lower calorie counts, good taste, and don’t need to be mixed with sugary stuff to make them complete. Choose one that you really enjoy, and then commit to drinking it slowly and enjoying it.

How much should you drink?

As far as quantity goes, you’re looking at one glass (300ml) of wine, or one shot (30ml) of whisky, or one beer (340ml). If you do that a couple of times per week, you’ll be fine, and your diet can work. Just remember to count the calories with whatever tracking app you’re using.

Alcohol is one of the most diet-destroying things you can consume. So be careful, and make good choices.


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