This time of year it’s common for many to overdo it with beverages. People often underestimate the effects that too much alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks can have on their mind and body. Moreover, beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can add empty, unnecessary calories to your day.
The dry winter weather makes us more susceptible to dehydration—so stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day, although your hydration needs may vary depending on your size and activity. Are you getting enough? Consider tracking your water consumption for a few days. If you’re consuming alcohol, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. Alternate a glass of water in-between drinks.
Set a limit on the number of alcoholic or sugar-sweetened beverages you will consume. An example could be no alcohol on work nights and only two glasses of wine when you are imbibing. Studies have shown that people overall eat more unhealthy foods on the days that they drink alcohol.
There is no doubt the drinks are plentiful this time of year. But with alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages, we consume a lot more sneaky calories. Beverages mixed with cream and sugary mixers can have upwards of 400+ calories. For example, eggnog can have 300-400 calories per glass! The calories in juices and punches can add up, not to mention the high sugar content.