How many alcoholic drinks do you need to drink to gain exactly one pound of fat?

By Emily Gushue, health correspondent for Dailymail.Com

19:02 26 November 2023, updated 19:02 26 November 2023

  • A TikToker shared how many popular drinks you can drink before gaining weight
  • You can drink up to 15 cocktails and 66 shots before you gain a pound
  • Read more: This is what happens to your body just 30 days after quitting booze



A health influencer has calculated how much of your favorite beverage you can drink before gaining a pound of body fat.

Nicole Powell, a TikToker from the UK, shared details of 15 popular drinks, including beers like Heineken and Guinness, wine, champagne, and cocktails like the espresso martini and vodka soft drinks.

It takes approximately 3,500 “excess” calories, which are calories in excess of someone’s regular diet that maintains their current weight, to gain a pound of fat.

By this measure, you would need to drink approximately 30 glasses of white wine and 40 glasses of champagne in addition to your regular diet to gain 1 pound of body fat.

Meanwhile, for beer lovers, it would take more than 15 pints of Heineken and 30 12-ounce bottles of Corona to make your jeans a little tighter.

And you’d have to have more than 50 shots of tequila and 60 shots of sambuca before you gain a pound.

Nicole Powell, a UK health influencer, shared a video on TikTok where she shared how many of 15 different drinks you would need to drink before gaining a pound of body weight.
Powell’s calculations were based on an equation conducted by researcher Dr. Max Wishnowski. In 1958, Mr. Wischnowski found that one pound of body fat equals about 3,500 calories.

However, metabolism varies from person to person based on age, genetics and other factors, so some people may need fewer or more calories to gain weight.

In the video, which received more than 700,000 views, Ms. Powell said that she calculated these numbers based on an equation by researcher Dr. Max Wishnowski.

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In 1958, Mr. Wischnowski found that one pound of body fat equals about 3,500 excess calories.

This means that you will have to consume the equivalent of 3,500 calories of alcohol in addition to your average daily calories.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for AmericansAdult women consume between 1,600 and 2,400 calories per day depending on age, and men should get between 2,000 and 3,000 calories per day depending on age.

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About 40 million Americans are currently embarking on an alcohol-free month, as part of the annual Sober October trend.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that a 2,000-calorie diet should be the standard for most Americans.

Beer is one of America’s favorite drinks, likely because it is cheaper than cocktails and wine and easier to find in most bars and restaurants.

Calorie content varies greatly for light and dark beer, but a pint usually contains about 200 calories.

For example, Heineken contains 227 calories per pint. This means you can get 15 pints before adding a pound of body fat, Ms Powell said.

Additionally, Guinness contains 210 calories per pint, which equates to 17 and a half pints before you gain any extra weight.

However, Corona Extra comes in a smaller serving size, which is a 12-ounce bottle with 148 calories. It would take 27 bottles to gain a pound of body fat.

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Most wines contain slightly fewer calories than beer, although the serving size is smaller. The average glass, which is five ounces, is about 120 calories. Sweet flavors tend to be higher in calories, totaling about 160.

Ms. Powell said you can drink 26 average glasses of white wine before adding more body fat.

Additionally, bubbles such as Champagne and Prosecco can reach 37 and a half six-ounce flutes before gaining weight.

Cocktails contain more calories than beer and wine due to mixing multiple types of alcohol and adding syrup and other flavors.

Ms Powell said it would take 15 and a half glasses of passion fruit martini, made mainly with gin and vermouth, to gain a pound of body weight.

Plus, you can drink 15 glasses of an espresso martini — made with vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup — before gaining a pound.

If your vodka-Cola is made with Diet Coke, which is lower in calories than regular Coke, you can drink 64 singles or 32 doubles before risking weight gain.

It will take 66 doses of Sambuca before you gain a pound of body weight.

How much do you need to drink to gain one pound of fat?

Prosecco: 37 ½ Psalms

Tequila Rose: 50 shots

Passion fruit martini: 15 ½

Heineken: 15 pints

Sambuca: 66 rounds

Vodka Diet Coke: 64 people

White wine: 26 medium-sized glasses

Guinness: 17 pints

Strawberry and Lemon Rekorderlig: 9 bottles

Jägerbomb: 27

Espresso martinis: 15

Champagne: 36 glasses

Desarrano Cranberry: 35 persons

Corona: 27 bottles

Pink Gin and Lemonade: 34 singles

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