Beer & Wine Weight Gain Calculator
This calculator provides a rough estimate of how much weight you could potentially gain in a year from drinking too much beer or wine.
Beer & Wine are "Empty Calories"
The average 12-ounce real beer contains around 165 calories, while a standard 750ml bottle of wine contains around 625 calories. I didn't include any light beer because I don't qualify them as real beer.
Both beer and wine are high in calories and provide "empty calories," meaning they don't offer significant nutritional value.
The calculator calculates the total calories consumed over a year and estimates potential weight gain based on the excess calories above your recommended daily calorie intake.
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How much weight can I gain from 10 beers or 1 bottle of wine per week?
Assuming an average decent beer contains 165 calories and a bottle of wine contains around 625 calories, drinking beer or wine regularly adds significant empty calories to your diet. If the excess calories from alcohol are above and beyond your recommended daily calorie intake (RDI), you'll gain weight unless you adjust your diet or burn off the excess calories through physical activity, which is close to impossible.
For example, drinking 10 beers per week could add an additional 1,650 calories per week to your diet from the beer alone. Over a year, that would add up to an additional 85,800 calories. Alternatively, drinking one bottle of wine per week could add an additional 625 calories per week to your diet from the wine alone. Over a year, that would add up to an additional 32,500 calories.
One pound of body fat is roughly equivalent to 3,500 calories, so if you consume an excess of 3,500 calories a week, you could potentially gain one pound of body weight. Assuming that the excess calories from the beer or wine alone is causing you to consume an additional 1,650 or 625 calories per week above your RDI, respectively, you could potentially gain around 1 pound every 2-3 weeks from beer or every 5-6 weeks from wine, or around 17-26 pounds from beer or 9-11 pounds from wine in a year.
However, it's important to remember that weight gain is influenced by multiple factors, including diet, exercise, and other lifestyle habits, not just alcohol consumption. Maintaining a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity can help you burn off excess calories and avoid weight gain.
Additionally, it's important to note that alcohol is considered "empty calories," providing calories without significant nutritional value. Consuming excess calories from alcohol can lead to weight gain and a range of health problems beyond weight gain. To maintain good health, it's recommended that women consume no more than one drink per day and men no more than two drinks per day. Moderation is key.
My top beers and their calorie counts (highest to lowest)
(based on a 12 oz serving)
- Chimay Blue: 240 calories
- Two Roads Road 2 Ruin Double IPA: 240 calories
- Sam Adams Hefeweizen: 200 calories
- Duvel: 200 calories
- Samuel Adams Boston Lager: 180 calories
- Sam Adams Oktoberfest: 180 calories
- Two Roads Honeyspot Road White IPA: 180 calories
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: 175 calories
- Sam Adams Summer Ale: 170 calories
- Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen: 160 calories
- Stella Artois Lager: 154 calories
- Guinness Extra Stout: 153 calories
- Pabst Blue Ribbon Lager: 144 calories
- Heineken Lager: 142 calories
- Corona Extra Lager: 142 calories
- Newcastle Brown Ale: 138 calories
- Dos Equis Lager Especial: 135 calories
- Rolling Rock Extra Pale Lager: 132 calories
- Blue Moon Belgian White: 128 calories
- Modelo Especial Lager: 127 calories
- Guinness Draught Stout: 125 calories
- Budweiser Lager: 124 calories
- Two Roads Ol'Factory Pils: 130 calories
My top wines and their calorie counts
(based on a standard 750ml bottle)
- Brunello: 635-680 calories
- Cabernet Sauvignon: 615-650 calories
- Pinot Noir: 565-635 calories
- Chardonnay: 615-650 calories
- Syrah/Shiraz: 565-635 calories
- Sangiovese: 580-625 calories
- Champagne: 490-525 calories
- Prosecco: 420-480 calories
- Zinfandel: 640-700 calories
- Merlot: 575-625 calories