Cut Down On Alcohol For Healthy WeightMain Category: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness
Also Included In: Cancer / Oncology | Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs | Nutrition / Diet
Article Date: 04 Jan 2013
Cutting down on alcohol is an effective way to lose weight and keep to a healthy weight, says a cancer prevention group in an appeal to New Year dieters.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), says while losing weight is one of the most popular New Year resolutions, people may not be aware that nearly 10% of the calories drinkers consume come from alcohol.
Many people starting on a diet "don't know how many calories are contained in alcoholic drinks and fail to include them when assessing their calorie intake," they say.
In terms of calorie value, alcohol, which contains 7 kcal/g, is second only to fat, which contains 9 kcal/g.
Alcohol Consumption Increases Cancer RiskOn its website, the WCRF points to a growing body of evidence that shows being overweight increases the risk of a number of cancers including those of the pancreas, bowel, breast, oesophagus, kidney, womb and gallbladder.
Kate Mendoza, Head of Health Information at WCRF, says after smoking, being overweight or obese is the biggest risk factor for developing cancer, and:
"The calories in alcoholic drinks account for a significant proportion of a drinker's calorie consumption while providing little, if any, nutritional benefit."
"Cutting down on drinking can have a big effect on weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight," she adds.
The charity says while some evidence suggests when consumed in small amounts alcohol can protect the heart, the benefits only outweigh the risks for people who are at higher risk for heart disease, such as women after the menopause and men older than 40.
Mendoza says there is also strong evidence that alcohol is a cancer risk factor itself, possibly because it damages DNA. This has been suggested in studies of breast, bowel, mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus and liver cancer.
Easy to Understand Alcohol Calorie CalculatorThe WCRF provides an easy to understand alcohol calorie calculator to help you see how many calories there are in different amounts of different drinks.
The calculator also shows how many chocolate digestive biscuits you would have to eat to consume the same number of calories, and how many miles you would have to walk to burn off those calories.
Here are some examples:
Reducing Alcohol IntakeIf you drink alcohol, the WCRF recommends that you limit your intake to no more than 2 drinks a day if you are a man, and 1 a day if you are a woman.
They offer these tips to help you cut down:
Written by Catharine Paddock PhD
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