Should You Be Dieting? The Pros and Cons

Then there’s the benefits of carrying on a low-calorie diet that can prolong life. Studies have found that following a restricted-calorie diet (one that slashes daily calorie intake by about a third) consistently helps people live longer and healthier lives reduced cholesterol levels, normalized blood sugar, and a better response to stress and may also slow the aging process. That all sounds good, right? Another reason why dieting works in a healthy lifestyle is it makes you pay attention to what you’re putting in your body. By understanding the building blocks of nutrition, like how much protein and fiber you should be getting, and realizing how your body responds to certain foods. Reading labels is important in making not only sticking to your calorie count, but that you are getting the protein, fiber, or other nutrients that you need. OK, but is dieting good for you? It depends. Too much dieting, of course, can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food or other not-so-great consequences.

Fiftysomething Diet: What Alcohol Can You Drink While Dieting?

Beer: A Mixed Case Average calories: 5-28 per ounce; 55-330 per serving From pale ales to stouts, there’s no universal formula for brewing beer, and no reliable rule of thumb for judging what will be the best choice for your diet. When it comes to brews, appearances can deceive: Dark, seemingly heavy Guinness Draught actually has fewer calories per 12-ounce bottle (125) than Budweiser (145) or Heineken (150). A bottle of Rolling Rock checks in at just 120 calories, while Sierra Nevada’s Big Foot microbrew delivers 330. And a pilsner-style domestic light beer, with as little as 55 calories per bottle, is less of an indulgence than a glass of wine (though connoisseurs may suggest that you’re surrendering some taste). Clearly, a conscientious dieter needs some help when choosing a beer. Fortunately, the online resource The Efficient Drinker provides calorie counts, and alcohol by volume measures, for more than 250 labels and if you’re gluten-free, Bon Appetit rates the 10 best choices for you . Bar Tip: Consider up to 160 calories per serving to be a reasonable splurge. That range offers you a variety of choices, from a can of Bud to a bottle of a microbrew like New Belgium Fat Tire (160). Distilled Spirits: The Simpler, the Better Average calories: 64 per ounce; 97 per 1.5-ounce serving (a jigger) In a straight ounce-to-ounce comparison, liquor has more than twice the calories of wine or beer. But the average serving size for liquors like rum or vodka is a 1.5-ounce jigger, so in the end spirits can be a more moderate choice, diet-wise.

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