What Has More Calories—Cheeseburgers or Cocktails?

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Comparing cheeseburgers and cocktails may seem like comparing apples and oranges—but as it turns out, when you look at your caloric intake this way, it’s rather eye-opening.

According to fitness legend Denise Austin’s daughter, Katie Austin, most of us are likely having the equivalent of 1.5 to 3 cheeseburgers on any given night out on the town. Whoa!

“The biggest roadblock to losing weight is usually having too many cocktails,” Katie says. “Because we don’t really realize how many calories are in them.”

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If you go out and drink 3 beers, you’re essentially consuming 1.5 cheeseburgers’ worth of calories. 2 martinis? 2 cheeseburgers! 2 frozen margaritas? THREE cheeseburgers! You get the (baffling) picture.

“It’s the sugar,” Rach says.

With that said, we’re not trying to ruin all your fun!

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“If you guys are going out, make sure you stick to your club soda with some vodka, something less sugary,” Katie suggests. “Or you guys can have some red wine!”

There’s one catch when it comes to wine, though. A lot of restaurants tend to double pour!

Katie’s tip? Measure out what 5 ounces looks like at home, just so you’re aware of what you’re getting. Genius!

Watch the video above to see the trick in action!

READ: The Best Way to Fight (and Feed) Cravings

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