How to lose weight: Diet like a man
It’s a cliche that it’s easier for men to lose weight than it is for women. And while testosterone has a lot to do with that, registered dietitian Jim White says another big reason is how men approach food. In an article on Fitness magazine’s website, he suggests seven “dude-style habits” that might help women shed a few pounds, including:
Women on a diet tend to try to go without food for hours at a time, White says, which actually slows their metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight.
Will these ideas really work? Can’t tell – but they sound like more fun than a lot of diet tips.
How much alcohol is in that cocktail?
How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.
The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you’re really drinking with those summer cocktails.
A “standard drink” is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. It’s a useful way to track alcohol consumption. But the multiple ingredients of mixed drinks make for a harder count.
“Most people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in a drink,” said George Koob, director of the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
“Obviously it depends on the bartender and who’s mixing the drinks,” Koob adds.
Recipes matter: The calculator’s pina colada example, for instance, assumes it contains 3 ounces of rum. Plan on using 2 ounces instead? The calculator adjusts to show it’s like 1.3 standard drinks.
What about a margarita? The calculator concludes it’s the equivalent of 1.7 standard drinks, if made with 1.5 ounces of tequila, an ounce of orange liqueur and half an ounce of lime juice.
A mojito? 1.3 standard drinks. A martini, extra dry? 1.4 standard drinks.
Other favorites? Type them in: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/ToolsResources/CocktailCalculator.asp.