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While most cocktails have around 150 calories, festive sips (like traditional egg nog, spiked punches or alcoholic hot cocoa drinks) can pack a whopping 300 calories and more than 20 grams of sugar.
Because your body doesn't register liquid calories the same way it does calories from food, it's all too easy to keep sipping those calorie-laden cocktails, without triggering a feeling of fullness.
But it's not just the calories that cause concern. It's also the way our body processes alcohol. When you drink alcohol, your body will burn through acetate - a byproduct of alcohol metabolism - instead of body fat.
Consume alcohol in moderation. And to reduce sugar and calories, opt for non-sweet cocktails and "cut" fruit juices with sparkling mineral water. (If you drink alcohol, be sure to see Strategy #7)
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