How was your New Years? Mine was great! Lots of good food, good wine, and good company.
In fact, I probably had a little too much good food and good wine.
Most see the start of the new year as a time to shape up and shed those few kilos stacked on from the Christmas celebrations in December. Myself included!
While few of you are still kicking back and enjoying the good life, many of us are putting ourselves on a calorie restricted diet and exercise regime. Wine is one of those items that really packs a punch (or grape punch!) when it comes to calories.
Whenever I’m trying to watch my calorie intake I like to compare things to junk food, as it helps me avoid consuming it if I think I’m consuming a piece of junk food.
To put wine into perspective, here’s an overview of what you’re potentially consuming if wine was a piece of junk food.
Fine print to note – Comparisons are purely subjective and depends on how much you pour in your glass. These measures are based on a standard pour.
Red wine = 125 calories
1 quarter of a Big Mac burgerThink about it, consuming 4 glasses of red wine you might as well just eat a Big Mac!
White wine = 121 calories
Half a McDonald’s cheeseburger
Consuming a whole bottle of white stacks up to be 3 cheeseburgers!
Sparkling wine = 84 calories
1 Freddo frog
Let’s admit it, you never stop at one glass of sparkling. Am I right?!
Fortified wine = 165 calories
1 cherry ripe
While you think that some of these beverages are relatively okay calorie wise, once you add on top of this the meal you’re eating with your wine, or the cheese and chacturie board coupled on the side, a Big Mac burger all of a sudden becomes a mountain of Big Macs!!
The lesson here is to not eat and just drink wine. After all wasn’t it Marie Antoinette that said ‘let them drink wine’?
Happy calorie counting January!
Until next time winos