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How Many Calories In Beer?

By Rob Poulos...

So many of us want to keep enjoying a few alcoholic drinks while on our quest to reach our goal weight, and we look for creative ways to do it. For many of us this means eliminating at least one of our most beloved drinks; beer.

Beer often gets a bad reputation because of the carbs, the calories and the dreaded beer belly. But it is possible to enjoy the calories in beer and still lose weight? Keep reading to find out!

Calorie Count In Beer

Counting the calories found in beer is quite simple since most beers come in standard sizes including; 12 fluid ounce cans & bottles, beer mugs, pints and steins. This means that you can know how many calories are in beer before you even place your order or purchase that six-pack.

There are so many beers from which you can choose that it’s important for weight loss to know how many calories are in the beer you like. Whether you enjoy domestic beer, imported beer or even specialty beer; knowing the calorie count before you start chugging is the best way to make sure the calories in your favorite beer don’t interfere with your weight loss plans.

Let’s take a look at how many calories are in beer!

Beer Brand Calories per Serving Serving Size
Budweiser 145 12 fl. oz.
Heineken 148 12 fl. oz.
Guinness Draught 126 12 fl. oz.
Stella Artois 180 12 fl. oz.
Newcastle Brown Ale 138 12 fl. oz.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro 150 12 fl. oz.
Samuel Adams 180 12 fl. oz.

As you can see the calorie count of most beers are as wide ranging as the many types of beer from which you can choose.

Beer with a higher alcohol content like Peroni & Stella Artois (5.1 & 5.2%) have a higher calorie count. This is one of the choices you’ll have to make for yourself; one higher calorie beer for the night or a few low calorie beers.

Can Beer Make You Fat?

So many dieters steer clear of beer because it has gotten a reputation for helping you pack on additional pounds as you’re trying to lose them. But the calories  found in beer can only make you fat if you have an unhealthy diet. Studies have shown that alcohol in general can contribute to weight gain when combined with a greasy, high-fat diet.

If you are a physically active person with a healthy diet, then all you have to do is make sure to keep your beer calories to a minimum. Moderate alcohol consumption is generally defined as 1 drink each day for women and 2 for men. So choose wisely and you can drink your favorite brew without worrying about the numbers on the scale spiking.

Beer-Drinking Behavior

One of the ways in which the calories found in beer can contribute to weight gain is how you behave after a few bottles of beer. The more alcohol you consume the more your decision-making abilities are affected.

This means that you’re less likely to turn down another round of beer and even less likelier to make smarter snack options. Because heavy alcohol consumption can stimulate hunger, you have to be careful also of choosing greasy fries or nachos to eat after a long night of tossing back brews.

This behavior is more likely the reason you’re gaining weight, rather than the fact that you drink beer.

Low Calorie Beer Options

If you are truly concerned about how many calories are in beer then beer lovers will want to try out the low calorie beer options recently on the market. These low calorie beers have fewer carbohydrates and a lower alcohol content, which is another reason many dieters skip beer until they’ve reached their goal weight.

Many dieters complain about the taste of these low calorie beers so they choose something else until beer is “safe” again. But if you’re a beer drinker, hit up a beer garden and give these low calorie beers a try.

The calories in your beer don’t have to be scary or overwhelming if you’re willing to make a few small adjustments in the name of weight loss. Take a look at the calories in low calorie beer:

Beer Brand Serving Size Calories per Serving
Bud Light 12 fl. oz. 110
Budweiser Select 55 12 fl. oz. 55
Coors Light 12 fl. oz. 102
MGD64 12 fl. oz. 64
Amstel Light 12 fl. oz. 95
Samuel Adams Light 12 fl. oz. 119

There are quite a few low calorie beer options for those of us who want to still have some semblance of a social life while we lose weight. Whether you reduce the calories in beer by 50 calories or 100 calories, this is the most important step in your weight loss quest.

The fewer calories you consume—through food and drink—the easier it will be to burn them off through exercise.

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  1. Stan

    Just found your blog and I must say it is a wealth of nutritional information. Glad to read here how moderate beer intake with a good diet need not pack on the pounds.

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