Here at Blisstree, we try not to focus too hard on calories because they’re not very fun and because calorie obsession doesn’t really paint a holistic picture of a person’s health, and can actually get in the way of healthy weight loss. But every now and then it’s fun (or, occasionally, depressing) to take a realistic look at how various items stack up against each other. And, for New Year’s Eve (Eve), I decided to look at some of libations you might be indulging in. Behold: 100 calories of champagne, vodka, and other alcoholic beverages.
To be fair, health advocates and dietitians are still at odds over what impact drinking really has on a person’s weight, because alcohol calories are metabolized differently than those in, say, food. But regardless of how your body processes them, the fact is that liquor, beer, and wine are mostly empty calories that offer little nutrition, so limiting them (by knowing exactly how much you’re consuming) is a good idea–which is difficult, since producers of adult beverages aren’t required to put nutritional labels on bottles.
Take a look at these photos, and see if they measure up the way you thought they would. And, for reference, I used a 12-ounce glass, and a single-ounce shot class to dole out the doses. Keep in mind, too, that a lot of bars use a “jigger”, which is about 1.5 ounces, to pour shots–so you may be getting more than you think.
Images: Mine, calorie estimations courtesy of CalorieKing