If you want to lose weight or lean out, alcohol is not your friend. It's quite shocking to see how quickly adult beverages add up calorically-speaking. There is also a lot of misleading claims on beverages leading people to believe that a light, low-carb beer has very little impact on your caloric intake, which is not true.
For those, who track macronutrients, alcohol can be confusing.
Pure alcohol contains roughly 7 calories per gram. Carbohydrates and protein both contain about 4 calories per gram, while fat contains 9 calories per gram.
To properly track the impact of alcohol on your macros, you need to convert your drink's calories to either carbohydrates or fat (or a mix of both). There are many great resources out there that explain how to track alcohol.
To help visualize the caloric impact of common beverages, we created this alcohol calculator that converts the calories in your drink to its rough equivalent in bread or butter. You can see the impact of a daily drinking habit over a week, month or (yikes) year!