Need to lose a few pounds before spring? It's simple: Drink more Guinness!

Guinness is famous everywhere for its smooth body and strong taste. It's a traditional Irish stout, which means it looks and drinks a bit on the "heavy" side. Because of its dark color, most people automatically assume this equates to a calorie bomb in a glass. But that's not entirely accurate.


A pint of Guinness contains approximately 166 calories. By comparison, a pint of Budweiser -- a beer lighter in color and in mouthfeel -- contains 192 calories. And those IPAs your friend Brent drinks? Those are even worse. Some IPAs and double IPAs can be north of 300 calories per pint.

166 calories for a beer as robust and flavorful as Guinness is pretty damn good. And I mean, no, it's not a Michelob Ultra, which sits around 95 calories. But Michelob Ultra is barely a beer, and no respectable beer drinker should put that near their mouth.


Guinness is actually a "healthier" option in many ways, because it has several complex carbohydrates from the roasted barley and is high in folate, an important nutrient for our bodies. It also contains levels of fiber that are higher than other, so-called "lighter" options.

So how can it be so low in calories? Well, it's lower in alcohol. Which just means you can drink more of it!

So if you're an individual who likes to consume a pint or two (or three or four or five) on a regular basis, you might consider switching to Guinness. Over time, your bathroom scale will thank you!

The Ultimate Guide to 32 Of the Best Upstate New York Irish Pubs

There is nothing quite like a visit to an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day. Here are 32 of Upstate's "greenest" pubs!

There are all kinds of bars. Lounges, sports bars, dance club bars, etc. But there is something so warm and friendly, so old-timey, so "Cheers-like" about an Irish pub. Back in the day the denizens of these friendly places were usually blue collar working men and women who stopped at their neighborhood Irish bar to chat and visit after getting out of the local factory. On weekends the pub was crowded with happy people, our parents and grandparents, enjoying a sip, Bing Crosby on the jukebox, and a bowl of Irish stew.

Today, you are more than likely to find the demographics of an Irish pub a whole lot younger. And that is a good thing.

This gallery looks at 32 of the best Irish pubs in Upstate New York.

See you at one of them for St. Paddy's Day!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

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