Alcohol can affect your waistline

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MASON CITY, IA – Enjoying a drink every once in a while is fine but a new study released by the Wall Street Journal says that men and women have a tendency to eat less healthy on the days that they drink.

According to the study, women, on average, take in an extra 300 calories and men can consume an additional 433 calories.

Local dietitian, Alyssa Rider says that you can still drink alcohol and maintain a healthy diet but moderation is key.

“A serving size of alcohol could be 12 oz. Of beer, or it could be 4 oz. Of wine or it’s 1 oz. Of hard liquor so when we say we’re drinking in moderation that means if you were to have 1 or 2 drinks at night…that means 1 or 2 of those 12 oz. Beers,” Rider said.

This does not mean that if you want to be healthy that you have to stay at home and measure everything out because there are plenty of healthy options you can make when you go out

Co-owner and head chef, John Holt at The Quarry in downtown Mason City says it’s their goal is to make sure the customer gets what they want and sometimes, in order to do that, they make changes to items on their menu to accommodate their needs.

“Last night we had someone that wanted just our sautéed mushrooms” Holt said. “They were trying to eat vegetarian and they had me throw a bunch of fresh vegetables on top of it.

Drinks are another area you can change to make things a little bit healthier

Choosing diet sodas over regular ones can save a lot of calories that you might normally consume with regular mixed drinks

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