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How Many Calories Are You Drinking?

Do you think you overindulged during the festive season only to feel the repercussions now? Cut down on calories to start the New Year on the right note…

Cybercellar has dedicated its time to finding out how to stick to your new healthy lifestyle. It has even gone further to research the number of calories a male and female should consume on a daily basis.

According to authoritynutrition.com, an average female should consume 2,000 calories a day to maintain her weight and 1,500 calories a week to lose 0.5kg in a week, whereas an average male can consume 2,500 calories to maintain his weight and 2,000 calories to lose 0.5kg in a week.

We can assure you that there is room for a glass of something to whet that palate. Here’s the low-down:

  1. Sauvignon Blanc – This deliciously crisp, sometimes green wine is the perfect pairing with your lunch or dinner salad. But how many calories are in a normal glass, you ask? A small glass of wine has around 123 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates.
  2. Chenin Blanc – Chenin has slightly less calories and averages around 120 calories per glass, but soars in carbohydrates and tips the scale at 4.9 grams per glass. These peachy and fruity wines are obviously tempting for a reason. Depending on the number of calories you have consumed during the day, a glass shouldn’t do much harm.
  3. Chardonnay – In comparison to its white-wine counterparts, it has significantly fewer calories. How does 84 calories per glass sound to you? With an average of 3.18 grams of carbohydrates in each glass, this sounds like a good fit to your new healthy lifestyle.
  4. Rosé – Also significantly lower than Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin, a rosé weighs in at only 83 calories, with a low carb content of 2.9 grams per glass. It’s no wonder this pink drink is a lady’s favourite. Pair with a delicious salad and sip away!
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon – You might expect the reds to be significantly higher than the whites, but the easy-drinking Cabs has only 3 calories more than Sauvignon Blancs, with 126 calories, and comes in below the Chenin’s calories at 3.82 grams of carbs.
  6. Shiraz – This delicious, spicy and moreish wine is a favourite on South African tables next to a lovely steak. Remember to order a small salad or veggies as an alternate to fries. A glass contains 122 calories and 3.79 grams of carbs in each glass. Be conscious of your consumption.
  7. Merlot – It is no surprise why it is termed ‘the lady’s favourite drinking red’. Merlot contains the same amount of calories as a rosé, 83! This, coupled with its very average number of carbs, 3.7 grams, makes Merlot the perfect companion for summer evenings around the braai for weight-conscious ladies.
  8. Champagne/Méthode Cap Classique – Bubbly fanatics across the country, rejoice! Our favourite bubbly partner happens to be a dieter’s dream! With only 90 calories and carbohydrates racking up an entire 1 gram, there is no excuse not to indulge.
  9. Gin – Touching on our favourite spirits, these prove to be somewhat anomalies. Although packed with calories, gin has very little to zero carbs. With 263 calories, this drink is still one of the most recommended to anyone taking up a summer diet. Mix in the tonic, however, and the glass is packed with 32 grams of carbs. Swap out the tonic for soda water and pack the glass with lemon and mint, or find the low-sugar, low-carb options!
  10. Whiskey – Watching the sunset with a whiskey on the rocks is something every summer dream is made of. High in calories with 250 calories in every 100 grams (105 in a shot), the carbs level it out to about 0.1 grams per serving. Watch your calorie count!
  11. Beer – There aren’t as many calories in beer as you’d think! A can of beer has only 153 calories. The carb side, however, makes up for that, with a whopping 13 grams of carbs. So, don’t hesitate on drinking that ice-cold beer after a long day – you deserve it!

*A small glass = 150ml

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