Those Holiday Drink Calories Add Up Fast

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Festive drinks are as much a part of holiday fun and tradition as the delicious food; but the calories can add up just as fast.
Air Date: 12/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jennifer Sacheck, PhD
Sacheck-5-webDr. Sacheck is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She also holds a faculty appointment in  the Tisch College of Citizenship at Tufts. Dr. Sacheck earned her Master's degree in  Exercise Science, her Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from Tufts University, and completed a  post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in muscle physiology. She is a
Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an active member of The Obesity Society.

Dr. Sacheck's research focuses on the impact of both diet and physical activity on  health across the lifespan. Past research studies include examining the effects of nutrition and exercise on muscle inflammation and repair in young and older adults and on fitness and cardiovascular disease risk factors in children. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sacheck is currently conducting a large clinical trial on vitamin D deficiency and associated health risks in youth. Other current research includes examining the impact of physical activity and cognitive health. She has authored several pivotal reports on obesity and physical inactivity in New England and was an appointed member of the Institute of Medicine's committee on Fitness and Health Outcomes in Youth. She teaches courses on Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Biochemistry to graduate students at the Friedman School. Dr. Sacheck also recently co-authored her first book on nutrition, fitness and health, Thinner This Year. She is a competitive Masters level rower and avid runner and frequently speaks to athletes of all ages on optimizing nutrition for performance.
Those Holiday Drink Calories Add Up Fast
It's just a fact: alcohol has calories.

During the holidays, alcoholic drinks can flow freely. Festive drinks are as much a part of holiday fun and tradition as the delicious food; but the calories can add up just as fast.

And, if you think you're making a smart choice by using diet soda in your rum and coke, think again. Substituting diet for regular really doesn't cut many calories in the end.

Fortunately, there are ways to cut some calories without ruining your party atmosphere.

Listen in as Jennifer Sacheck, PhD, discusses how to prevent drinking too many calories during your holiday activities.