Although alcohol bottle labels do not indicate (again!) the calorie content, alcohol makes you fat. One gram is equivalent to 7 kcal, against 9 kcal per gram of fat. But a recent study by the Royal Society for Public Health UK (see box) reveals that 75% of alcohol lovers are unable to correctly estimate the number of calories in a glass of their favorite drink. You do not feel like you embark on scientific calculations before a toast? You will find below, in addition to caloric equivalents of the main alcoholic beverages, an estimate of effort – sports or not – to achieve to eliminate them.

Light, the bubbles!

festive evenings, the champagne is often appropriate. And that’s good, because it is one of the lowest calorie alcohol: 75 kcal. Which is still 22 minutes of walking, jogging or 9 minutes to 12 minutes on your bike!

At the aperitif

If the appetizer is awesome for the line, it is mainly the fault of the appetizers. But beware of still beverages. Thus, the radius of alcoholic drinks, a glass of cider gives you 50 kcal, a glass of sangria 150 kcal, aperitifs based on wine 55 kcal / glass, vodka 90 kcal, pastis 110 kcal, whiskey 120 kcal and martini 130 kcal / glass. Side soft drinks, a large glass of juice even when the frieze 100 kcal, and a non-diet soda reached 150 kcal. Table By comparison reminds you of the lost calories per half hour in different sports activities. Compare, calculate, drink, and especially … move!

Red, rosé or white …

Most wines – red wines 12 ° (Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chardonnay …), rosé wines 12 ° (Sauvignon, Côtes de Provence …) and dry white wines 12 ° (Alsace wines, Pinot Blanc, Cotes du Rhone …) – are between 80 and 90 kcal / glass, 7 minutes swimming, 20 minutes of table tennis or tai chi, or a half hour walk-with-dog. Beware of sweet wines (Muscat, Banyuls) that can bring you up to 150 kcal / glass. You lose in an hour cleaning or half an hour to mow the lawn! The energy value of sweet white wines (Sauternes, Monbazillac) is around 100 kcal / glass. To get rid of it, count 26 minutes walk or 11 minutes of jogging.

boy a beer!

Is beer more calories than wine? Basically, the answer is yes: 105 kcal for a 25 cl pils, 111 white, 130 for Kriek lambic, 160 to an abbey beer, more than 200 for a Guinness … The proverb “Where Brewer goes the baker does not pass “is as relevant!

A little cocktail?

Cocktails, already deceptively harmless in terms of alcohol can also have unintended effects on weight … The most banal – gin and tonic or vodka tropical – already exceed 200 kcal, and a simple champagne cocktail reached 250 kcal. Because they are below 220 kcal / glass, Cosmopolitan (vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice – 150 kcal / glass) and the Mojito (rum, lime and fresh mint leaves – 160 kcal / glass) narrowly escape the hunters calories, which also condone the Fog Cutter (white rum, gin, brandy, sherry, lemon juice, orange juice, almond syrup), with its 225 kcal / glass.

But what about the Mai Tai, made with rum and curaçao, 350 kcal, or at White Russian, vodka, coffee liqueur, milk and ice, which displays 425 kcal? Piña Colada The (brown and white rum, pineapple juice and coconut milk) may reach 650 kcal, the Margarita (tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice) 740 kcal and Long Island Iced Tea, which some call “Big Mac cocktail” mixture of vodka, gin, white rum, triple sec, tequila, lemon juice and cola, rises to 780 calories! To combat the effects, it takes no less than two hours of intensive exercises in a fitness club!

By Marie-Françoise Dispa

When did?

You want to calculate your consumption more accurately? The alcohol content of an alcoholic beverage is always on the label in% Vol. This percentage is equal to the degree of alcohol (10% vol, for example, corresponds to 10 °) indicates the number of ml of alcohol per liter of the beverage. Thus, one liter of wine contains 10% Vol 100 ml of alcohol. However, as the alcohol density of 0.8, 1 liter of pure alcohol does not weigh 1 kg, but 800 g. To calculate the amount (grams) of alcohol you absorb, you can use the following formula:

(x cl Quantity in alcoholic x 0.8) / 10 Example: 1 beer (33 cl) to 8.5% Vol (a Duvel, for example) brings 22.5 g of alcohol, ie 157 calories!