The current guideline across health organizations is 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men a day. That number is for active women and men. If you aren’t doing much activity, you should be consuming less calories.
And like a lot of people who drink a lot – I was usually a lot less active. And those alcoholic calories were on top of food eaten throughout the day.
Did you know that a generic bottle of red wine contains 635 calories? The type of calories that are empty of any nourishment, and create the lovely shaky jelly belly around your waist?
And if you’re like me, drinking adult beverages led to bad snacking. Craving savoury, cheesy as well as sugary snacks. Making bad choices late in the evening. Raiding the cupboards for food — and I don’t mean carrots and celery. More like bags of chips, bags of sweets, and anything I could get my hands on. It’s quite easy to add on another 2,000 – 3,000 calories a day in addition to calories from breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And for any hangovers, greasy big cheesy omelets and lots of toast smeared with butter was the answer. Along with the usual pot of coffee. No wonder the pounds have piled on.
This is a short post to just say here I am thankful that I’m now not consuming the extra couple thousand calories. That is a definite benefit of not drinking.