Baby got back and now we know why. Calories
. Do you know what they are? One of my most horrifying college experiences was on a trip down to good ol' Georgia Southern University to visit my girlfriends from high school. As we began to discuss which road to inebriation we would be taking that night, one girl chimed in that she was watching her weight so she would be drinking liquor, not beer. When questioned further, she proceeded to teach me the lesson which her father had taught her. Beer makes you gain weight, but liquor has no calories. (This is false)
Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the state of the Georgia educational system. As I tried to politely correct her ( I WAS studying food science by the way ), she became more enraged that I would have the audacity to contradict her daddy. Still not sure if she has learned the lesson, but in all seriousness America is in dire need of better nutritional education.
To put it simply, a calorie is a unit of measurement which determines how much energy a given nutritional item will release. i.e. You eat x number of calories and receive x amount of energy from it. If you eat more than your body can use then it stores it as muffin tops
, saddle bags
, thunder thighs
Carbohydrates = 4 calories per gram Protein = 4 calories per gram Fat = 9 calories per gram Alcohol = 7 calories per gram ***
|Allagash Four : a quad, meaning 4 times as much everything. Estimated at 400 calories for 1 glass!
Please take note that alcohol itself contains calories! Therefore, we can gather that the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories.
Here is some very simple nutritional math to help you make your next alcoholic beverage decision. 1.5 oz liquor = 5 oz wine = 12 oz beer = 100 calories
Now that is one hella simplified equation. If I could make the squiggly equal sign that means "about equal to", then I would. Take note that the liquor is not counting that 140 calorie mixer you threw in it. Also, who pours 5 ounces of wine? Restaurants yes, but at home count on pouring heavy. Additionally, that is a light beer! 3500 calories = 1 pound
You drink 3-5 drinks in a night? Lets call it 500 calories. Can't stop there. Must eat munchies. Pizza? Chips? Oreos? Let's just throw on another 500 calories. That is 1/3 of a pound weight gain in one night. Do that 3 nights a week, first semester in college and now there is no mystery to that freshman 15. Believe me. I gained and lost it. You need only take a scroll through my Facebook archives for evidence. Check out this online monthly/annual calorie counter
. Eye opening!
So what's a girl to do? or boy for that matter ;) Well life is full of compromising, kids. 1) A good exercise routine not only burns excess calories, but can also help to speed up your metabolism. 2) Knowledge is power. Being conscious of how many calories you are consuming can help you make the choice between one more cookie or a beer later that night.
|This glass can hold 1 1/2 bottles of wine; around 800 calories
For an extremely rough estimate of how many calories you should consume to maintain your current weight just multiply your current weight by 15
. This doesn't account for any extra exercise you do, but don't fall for the, "I worked out today so I can eat whatever I want" excuse. You'd be surprised how little you are burning compared to the calories in that 2 bite brownie.
Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any and all questions ;)