Switching to the good stuff
June 22, 2011 3:53 PM Subscribe
Should I quit beer and switch entirely to whiskey? For health reasons?
posted by naju to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to lose weight but still consider "getting my buzz on" to be essential. Previously I found the pleasures of beer to be non-negotiable, but now I've come to appreciate the charms and nuances of high-quality whiskey.
Looking things up, 1 shot of whiskey = 69 calories, while 1 bottle of Bell's Two Hearted Ale = 202 calories. If I'm assuming 10 drinks a week (pretty standard for me), then that would be 690 calories vs. 2020 calories, a deficit of 1330 calories per week. That's the equivalent of three 40-minute elliptical sessions, and more effective than any diet I could follow.
Also, thoughtfully sipping on a nice single-malt doesn't seem like it would encourage the kind of obsessive guzzling that happens when I get into a beer groove, so I might end up drinking less, all things considered.
So it seems like this change would be a major key to weight loss. Maybe even the only change I would have to make. Is my logic flawed?