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A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away… Or Does It?

Posted by McKenna Smet on Oct 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When was the last time you measured out a 5-ounce glass of wine? That’s right, it turns out there are more than three glasses of wine to a bottle. In fact, most 5-ounce pours have 125 calories: over 625 calories per bottle.


Let’s say you’re having just 5 glasses of wine each week – and that you’re adhering to that strict 5 ounces. You’re going to gain a pound (or 3500 calories) in a little over a month. That’s just from drinking wine.
But that’s not the problem. If you’re working out regularly, chances are good that you’re burning off those calories and more. You shouldn’t be gaining any weight, right? So, you might have a second glass. So, you might start feeling hungry. So, you might have a little snack.
That alcohol-induced-snacking is what I call “the drunchies.” Your wine – whether it’s 125 or 250 or even more calories – just snowballed into a late-night meal. It’s probably not a kale salad, either. It’s potato chips, or cheese with crackers, or a cornucopia of fun things you wouldn’t want to tempt yourself with if you were completely sober. That glass of wine came with a lot of baggage.
A drink or two can be had without offsetting the hard work you’re putting in at the gym. It’s a combination of the wine with the snacks, treats, and goodies that accompany or follow that will negate your efforts.
It’s an industry-specific question that’s commonly posed: “What’s more important to you – your physique or your sanity?” Some pursue the physique and the health, but feel cheated of their vice that keeps them calm and collected. Some pursue the pleasure, and become discouraged by or disengaged with their work in the gym.
The truth of the matters is that you have to know yourself. If you need the drink, have it. If you need the snack, eat it. But if you want to reach your goals, you must have the presence of mind to balance your level of indulgence with an equal (or even greater) commitment to fitness.
Your sanity isn’t worth sacrificing your health. Your health isn’t worth sacrificing your sanity. But to achieve your fitness goals without eradicating the things that bring you pleasure, you must find a balance that is conducive to your own person – both mentally, and physically.

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McKenna Smet

Written by McKenna Smet

I have been involved in fitness for as long as I can remember. Between playing competitive sports and going to a military high school, I was always pushed to be the best I could be and came to realize that you never know what you're capable of until you try. I went on to college to play Division I soccer for Towson University and that experience really pushed me to my fullest potential as an athlete. I know my college athletic career would eventually come to an end but that didn't mean my passion for fitness had to end. I graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and made the decision to pursue fitness not only as a career but also a way of life. I have had the chance to be a positive impact in so many lives and that means more to me than anything. I've trained hundreds of people throughout my fitness career with ages ranging from 11-76 years old. Such a variety of clients has taught me how to adapt my workout style to fit each individual's specific needs. To say that I'm passionate about health and wellness is an understatement. I think the key to success is doing what you love and I can truthfully say I love what I do.