Slimmers, be warned. Having a few drinks can wreak havoc
with your waistline
– even if you’ve switched to a low-calorie tipple.
Just one boozy
session a week can lead to us taking on enough calories to put on 2lb, say experts.
And most of the flab comes from food we polish off when we’ve been drinking, rather than from the alcohol itself.
Feasting on fatty takeaways after the pubs have shut and combating a hangover with a full English breakfast can see men alone put away an extra 5,000 calories, research warns.
Even if we otherwise stick to a healthy regime, a regular once-a-week night out could make us pile on two stone over a year.
Slimming World, which commissioned a survey into drinking habits, says more needs to be done to highlight alcohol’s role in weight gain and wants cans and bottles to clearly display calorie counts.
The YouGov poll of more than 2,000 Britons reveals how drinking is contributing to the UK’s obesity crisis, which is now the worst in Europe.
It found that the average man reaches ‘tipping point’ – the moment we start to drink and eat more than intended – after 10.5 units of alcohol, or about four pints of beer.
The extra drink after this point, combined with fatty food such as chips, kebabs, pizzas and hamburgers, leads to him packing away an extra 6,940 calories. This is more than three times the recommended daily intake for men and the equivalent of 38 bags of crisps.
The female ‘tipping point’ is eight units – just two to three large glasses of wine. Beyond that, women consume an extra 5,725 calories – almost three times the daily recommended intake and the equivalent of nearly two dozen jam doughnuts.