Lose Weight Eating Only Beer and Sausages

Lose Weight Eating Only Beer and SausagesFor some guys out there, I’m sure this seems like the ultimate diet. Eat only sausages and drink only beer and still lose weight. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. It’s just a matter of numbers.

About three years ago, Arizona resident Evo Terra changed up his diet to include just beer and sausages, inspired by Octoberfest. Over time, Evo managed to shed 14 pounds. His health wasn’t impacted that negatively, either. According to his doctor, Evo’s cholesterol actually dropped by a third in addition to the weight loss.

So how is the possible? As I alluded to earlier, it’s a matter of numbers. Let’s say that Evo consumes 1,500 calories worth of beer and sausage on a particular day. If he burns anything over 1,500 calories on that day through work or exercise, he’ll be at a calorie deficit. Evo will be burning off more calories than he actually consumes.

This is the key to his diet, as wacky as it sounds: watch your calories, and burn off more than you eat. You could replace beer and sausages with anything that you want to eat on a daily basis, like Oreos and milk or pizza and Diet Coke. So long as the calories you take in are less than the calories you burn, the weight will fall off. Of course, most people like a bit of variety in their lives, so limiting themselves to a diet of sausages and beer, for instance, isn’t that appealing.

Via: Foodbeast

The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

The Healthiest Alcoholic DrinksI’ll admit it, I like to drink. I go out occasionally, drink way too many pints, get bad food on the way home, and wake up the next day hungover. Of course that day becomes a write off as well, mainly because I’m too hungover to get out of bed and do anything, so I mainly lie around and eat even more bad food. As you can see, one night of drinking can lead to days of overindulging and thousands of extra calories consumed that you otherwise wouldn’t have ingested.

With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to bring down the total amount of calories you’ll take in during a night of drinking, or at the very least make some healthier choices. One of my favorite blogs, Gizmodo, put together a list of the nine “healthiest” alcoholic drinks that you can have when you’re going to tie one on. I put healthiest in quotes because there aren’t really (m)any alcoholic drinks that will have a positive effect on your health–especially when you’re drinking a lot of them at one time–but there are definitely ones that aren’t as bad as others.

The standard for anyone who’s watching their weight is the vodka soda. Vodka is a spirit with a low amount of calories (relatively speaking) and the soda has no calories. In my opinion, this is boring and only recommended if you are looking to get drunk quickly. You don’t really sit around sipping and enjoying a vodka soda.

As I said, Gizmodo has compiled a list of other drinks in addition to the vodka soda that will appeal to anyone who’s looking to take a healthier approach to drinking, opting for drinks made with fruits and vegetables–or just straight alcohol–rather than ones made with sugary fruit juice cocktails and soda. Check out the list complete with recipes at the link below.

Via: Gizmodo

Which Alcohol Has the Least Amount of Calories?

Which Alcohol Has the Least Amount of Calories?Have you ever seen an alcoholic or just someone who drinks a lot and thought to yourself “how does that guy stay so thin while drinking so much?” Beer and alcohol—especially when mixed with juice or soda—is packed with calories. Is there any way to drink and enjoy a night on the town while keeping your caloric intake to a minimum?

There are in fact ways to drink while on a diet and consume very few calories, but you need to choose your drinks wisely. First, you need to choose an alcoholic spirit with the least amount of calories. Vodka or gin is a good choice, generally containing 40% alcohol and between 95 and 100 calories per 1.5 oz. serving. Tequila also hovers around the 100 calorie and 40% alcohol per serving mark, with whiskey following close behind with around 100 -110 calories and 40-45% alcohol per serving. Another good option is rum, with Captain Morgan rum and Malibu rum containing 86 calories and 35% alcohol for the former and 81 calories and 21% alcohol per serving for the latter.

If you tend to shy away from hard liquor, there are some beers that contain about the same amount of calories in a 12 oz. serving. Light lagers such as Bud Light and Coors Light have 110 and 102 calories and 4.2% alcohol per serving, with Amstel Light coming in at 95 calories and 3.5% alcohol. Straight lagers like Heineken have more calories and alcohol with about 150 calories and around 5% alcohol per serving. Dark stouts like Guinness, Murphy’s, and Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout pack more calories per serving with anywhere between 128 and 171 calories per serving and 4-5% alcohol.

You will likely want to avoid ciders and other malt beverages if you’re counting your calories and trying to maintain your weight while drinking. Woodchuck Amber and Angry Orchard ciders have about 200 calories and 5% alcohol per serving, with Magners containing much less at 125 calories per serving but with only 4.5% alcohol. Malt-based beverages like Smirnoff Ice and Mike’s Hard Lemonade come in at nearly 250 calories with 5% alcohol with Four Loko being the worst of all with 337 calories and 12% alcohol per 12 oz. serving.

If hard liquor has too much alcohol for you and beer doesn’t provide enough, a good balance is wine. A 5 oz. serving of red wine has about 14% alcohol and only 120 calories. White wine, on the other hand, has a little less alcohol, usually around 12.5% per serving and around110 calories.

If you’re mixing your drinks, remember to choose your mix wisely. The more complicated the drink, the more calories it will contain. Lime juice will add about 24 calories per serving, and simple syrup will add 54 calories per serving. Juices will add another 100 or more calories per serving, and soda will add another 100-150 calories. As you can see, mixed drinks might go down easier but you’re adding a lot of empty calories.

To keep your calories to a minimum when you’re drinking hard liquor, choose to drink the alcohol straight on the rocks if you can handle it, or use club soda or diet pop as a mixer, as both have zero calories. Furthermore, remember to drink a glass of water in between each drink to keep your body hydrated. It will likely make the next day a little more tolerable since the major cause of a hangover is dehydration.

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Count Your Calories with Google

Count Your Calories with GoogleYears ago before the advent of smartphones–which was also the time before I started exercising regularly–I used to count my calories. I had a program on my computer that would do it, and it did have a lot of foods in its database but there were always some foods that it wouldn’t have. At that point, I’d have to Google it, find a website with the right information, and then plug that back into the program. It was cumbersome to say the least.

While I no longer count calories, those of you who do will appreciate a new feature that Google rolled out about a week ago. You know how you can Google the name of a band or a movie and along the right side of the page information will be displayed for you? Google now does that with foods. Not all foods of course, but about 1,000 food items currently. So you can Google “how many calories in an apple?” and you’ll be presented with a wide range of nutritional information along the right side with the calorie count above the search results.

It’s hard to see in the screenshot, but there’s a drop down menu where you can choose the type of apple (boiled, microwaved, peeled) and the quantity (in grams, or by size) and the calorie count will update for you. This is really handy for anyone who’s casually counting their calories, cooking but trying to stay healthy, or anyone who’s curious about how many calories they’re actually taking in each day.

This feature has only been active on Google for about a week with around 1,000 foods and drinks currently in the database. Even alcohol is in there if you’re wondering what alcoholic beverage has the least amount of calories, but I’m pretty sure it’s a vodka tonic since most girls at a bar will order that. Nevertheless, check out Google for nutritional information and calorie counts if you haven’t yet!

Foods That Make You Feel Full

Foods That Make You Feel FullAt its core, the key to losing weight is to burn off more calories than you consume. This is virtually impossible to do while still staying healthy, so it’s important to choose what you eat more wisely. What you should do is make better choices, opting for foods that make you feel full longer rather than foods that give you a quick fix, leaving you hungry again shortly after.

What you should look for are foods that contain water, foods that are high in fiber, and foods that contain the good kinds of fat. In terms of foods that contain a lot of water, reach for citrus fruits and green vegetables. Fruits that are high in vitamin C, like a grapefruit for instance, will help your body process fat more quickly and help you feel satisfied longer. A grapefruit is a great way to start the day and will help carry you through to your mid-morning snack.

The great thing about green vegetables is that they’re high in fiber, contain a lot of water, and very few calories. Your body will actually burn off most of the calories in kale, spinach, or broccoli simply by digesting the vegetables. They also contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and will help you stay full without adding too many additional calories to your daily intake. Add some to your lunch and dinner while cutting down your portion sizes of other foods.

For snacks, skip over candy and chips no matter how hard it may be. Instead, look for popcorn and nuts. When prepared naturally, popcorn is a great snack because it’s tasty, low in calories and high in fiber. But try to avoid making it unhealthy by adding butter, cheese, or salt as a topping. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a great snack food as well in their natural form, providing healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Here are a few ideas to help you better plan your meals to help cut calories, reduce fat, and stay full longer:

Breakfast:

  • cottage cheese (mix with fruit or oatmeal)
  • eggs
  • grapefruit
  • oatmeal (natural, unsweetened preferrably)
  • whole grain toast

Lunch and Dinner:

  • grilled chicken
  • grilled or steamed fish (salmon, tuna)
  • soups (avoid creams, look for chicken or vegetable broth-based with lots of vegetables, low in sodium)
  • whole grain brown rice
  • whole grain pasta

Sides:

  • asparagus
  • beans
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • spinach

Snacks:

  • apple (packed with fiber)
  • low-fat cheese
  • nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
  • popcorn (natural, unsalted, unbuttered preferably)
  • yogurt (low-fat)