Since you’re trying to lose weight quickly as summer approaches, you’ve vowed to cut yourself off after the first round. Seems like a solid game plan, right?
While we commend you for your willpower, that one drink may do more harm to your waistline than you think—regardless of how many calories are in your cup. Consuming just half a drink—a 6-ounce beer, a 2.5-ounce glass of wine or half a shot of liquor—can significantly increase your appetite and the number of calories you subsequently consume, according to recent findings. Who knew it was possible to get the drunk munchies without getting sloshed?!
To come to this finding, a group of Dutch researchers divided study participants into two groups: One group was given an orange juice spiked with 0.7 oz of vodka (about half a shot), while the other group received OJ sans alcohol. Forty five minutes later, participants were given an array of ingredients and asked to craft and consume sandwiches. The results were alarming: Those who drank the weak screwdriver ate nearly 20 percent more than their sober counterparts.
While downing a shot will only cost you a hundred calories, that’s only the beginning of what can turn into a pretty ugly calorie bender. If you hit the diner or grab a slice after leaving the bar, you’re bound to eat more than if you had been stone-cold sober—and every calorie counts when you’re trying to tip the scale in your favor. Our advice: Next time you go out, commit to being the DD so you’re not tempted to drink. While staying totally sober may not be as fun, it will be well worth it once summer rolls around and you look and feel awesome in your bikini!
(And if beer is your drink of choice, check out how your preferred brew stacks up in our line up of the Best & Worst Beers for Weight Loss.)