Wednesday, May 11

A few of us like to have an alcoholic drink occasionally to relax and have fun, but the nutrition facts on alcohol can be tough to decipher at times. Alcohol is in it's own special category when it comes to nutrition (or lack thereof). We think of most food and drink in terms of macronutrients - proteins, fats and carbs. But alcohol is different.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which is close to fat on the caloric density side (9 cals per gram), but it gets metabolized in your body more like a carb - converted into sugar. (Carbs and proteins have 4 calories per gram).

The standard American "drink" - 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz of liquor - has about 14 grams of alcohol, or 98 calories. That's before any added sugars or other ingredients.

It's important to know what you are putting into your body and how to track it. How do those things you eat and drink affect you? The more you understand these things the better decisions you can make.

Here's a frank discussion on alcohol and training from the guys at Barbell Shrugged with a little more information:

Workout for Wednesday, May 11 Deadlift 3X5 @ 70% 2X3 @ 75%

4 Rounds for Time: Row 500m 12 Deadlifts (225/155) 40 Double Unders

1 Mile Cool Down Run