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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Beer Drinkers Guide to Drinking Beer and Losing Weight

I've gotten several emails from several different websites about what beer to drink while you are trying to lose weight or stay slim over the summer, and I'm here to tell you that most of those lists are garbage.  Here are several reasons that I can't stand those lists, and then my choices for the beer-drinker's guide to drinking great beer and losing weight at the same time.

#1- For the majority of these lists out there, the top 10 beers are filled with Light American Style Lagers and Pilsners.  Not discrediting those beers, but they pretty much all taste the same so having 8 of them in your top 10 doesn't really give anyone new information.

#2- The calorie difference between the "worst" beer and "best" beers is usually not as great as they like to make it seem.

#3- Rarely do these lists take into account the ABV%.  It's one thing to say that MGD 64 is the healthiest beer in the country, but then to notice that it is 2.8% ABV makes you realize that drinking 6 of these would barely get you to the same point as drinking 2 Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPAs.  (Let's do some math- 6 X 64 Calories= 384 Calories- 2 X 200 Calories= 400 Calories) A lot closer than it would seem to be, because let's face it... Who drinks 1 MGD 64 and is done??

#4- Many of these lists automatically assume that you're going to drink an entire 6-pack every time you sit down to drink a beer.

#5- I have yet to see a list explain that exercising or weight lifting harder or longer than you currently are can also have an impact in offsetting the beer you drink.  Maybe they think people will assume that?

Now it's time for my top 10 beers that you can drink and not drastically impede your weight loss or muscle gaining efforts. Our magic number here is 155 calories.  The reason being that you can burn 350+ calories in just half an hour of running at a 10 minute/mile pace.  Running stairs for half an hour can get you up to the 500 calorie range, and even just 15 minutes of bodyweight squats will burn over 200+ calories.  Just remember, 1 to 2 beers is all that you really need to both feel the effects of these beers, and to gain the health benefits from the alcohol.  The occasional night where you drink a few more than that is not going to kill you, but drinking 4 to 5 beers every night will sabotage your efforts.

#10- Anchor Steam Beer- Clocking in at 4.9% ABV and right at our limit of 155 calories, this beer is tasty and smooth, with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out.  Stick to the 1 to 2 beers with this one for sure.

#9- Newcastle Brown Ale- This 4.7% ABV beer is a great pair for many different types of food, and it comes in at 140 calories.  Good flavor all around, but keep those clear bottles out of the sunlight!

#8- Samuel Adams Rustic Saison- Perfect for the summer, this beer will keep that gut from hanging over your belt.  Only 143 calories and 4.35% ABV, this brew is crisp, bright, and extremely refreshing.  Hot summer days watch out!

#7- Deschutes Brewery Cascade Ale- 140 calories and 4.5% ABV pack one heck of a hop punch in this beer from Oregon that highlights the bold hops from that area.  You've got to love that citrusy, resiny hop bite to it.

#6- Budweiser Select- I felt like I need to include at least one American Lager styled beer so I could remain fair in this list.   With it's low calorie count, and more taste than Bud Light, this is my choice for a low-calorie American Lager.

#5- Widmer Hefeweizen- Bright, refreshing, and a great balance between fruitiness and spice, this beer is a fantastic choice for the summer.  At 4.9% and 155 calories, this one tops the list in our calorie count, but play some football out back between beers and you'll have no problem burning off the couple beers you drink.

#4- Stone Pale Ale- One of the great IPAs out there, prominently displaying the bold, spicy, citrusy hops of out west.  Only 150 calories for this 5.4% beer help it climb up the list.

#3- Magic Hat Circus Boy- Similar to the Widmer above, but with a little more focus on the fruitiness and a little less spice.  Another great summer choice at 132 calories and 4.4% ABV.

#2- Guinness Draught- At 4% ABV and just 126 calories, this one is pretty surprising to most people.  It's impressively depth of flavor is great with rich foods.

#1- Yuengling Black and Tan- A new favorite.  Bold at first, but crisp and clean at the finish.  Works well when the weather is hot because of the clean finish, but also when cooler because of the rich opening to this brew.  While the ABV is 4.7%, the bold flavor makes it seem like a much stronger beer , and the 136 calories make it a little more reasonable to drink more than 2 of these.

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