If you're eating in a calorie deficit but not losing weight, it may be time to check in on the calories you drink, too. But we get it—tracking the calories in beer may feel like more trouble than what it's worth. And that's where Sunnyside can make the process easy, quick, and fun for you. Join thousands of Sunnyside members who have cut out an average of 1500 calories from their diet in just their first month!
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Drinking too much beer can lead to weight gain and increased belly fat. Alcohol is a wellspring of empty calories, meaning it offers minimal nutrients for the number of calories consumed. Aside from that, some studies have suggested that alcohol can alter how your body burns fat. That's because your body prioritizes breaking down alcohol over other sources of fuel, including fats and carbs. This doesn't mean you have to stop drinking beer for good. If you're not ready to give up the magic of citrusy hops and roasted malt, you can benefit from reducing your intake alone.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one can of beer contains around 154 calories. The calories in beer are derived from two primary sources—alcohol and carbs. Generally, the higher the alcohol content of the beer, the higher its calorific value. Luckily, other components that give beer its delightful flavor do not contain calories, so it's still possible to find a lower-calorie beer without a bland taste. Session IPAs and other light brews are good options for a drink without too many added calories.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have defined moderate drinking as consuming two drinks or less per day for men and one drink or less per day for women. And based on research, drinking in moderation is less likely to cause weight gain than excessive drinking. So, how much beer is equivalent to one standard drink? Well, a regular 12 oz can of beer is considered one standard drink. Based on this reference, a beer a day is generally okay. However, some people should avoid alcohol altogether—such as pregnant women and those with medical conditions affected by alcohol intake.
Tracking the calories in beer can give you a better idea of the actual number of calories you consume in a day. It's pretty easy to miss out on the calories you drink. Add friends, music, fun, and snacks into the mix, and you could quickly surpass your daily target intake. Tracking calories during drinking sessions also nurtures a meaningful awareness, so you can better tell if you've had too much. This is where Sunnyside comes in. Sunnyside helps you track your drinking daily, giving you insight into your drinking habits and how you can improve them.
With Sunnyside, you'll receive daily prompts and reminders to track your drinking. You can log your daily consumption by texting emojis, numbers, or words (beer, wine, etc.). By monitoring your intake, Sunnyside will show you your weekly progress and how many calories you've cut out of your routine. Plus, you'll get weekly personalized action plans and access to real-life coaches to support you along the way!
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Every week we’ll give you a recommended drink plan for the week ahead to help you reach your goals, which you can adjust.
Via a simple text-message interface, we’ll remind you to track your drinks every day, and provide nudges to stack on target.
Our upbeat and positive eduation, motivation, tips, and tricks will keep you on track every day of the week.
Our real human coaches are available for you, no matter what you need. Text them for help or a nudge at any time.
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You’re joining a community of members who have been through exactly what you’re going through and have achieved amazing results. Here’s what some of them have said about using Sunnyside to evaluate and improve their drinking habits.
When I first started I was a bit leery about the whole thing. I am 70 years old and retired and didn’t think that I needed someone to tell me how much to drink. So I took the 15 day free trial and found out that it really helped me control my drinking. These guys are not trying to change you, just your drinking habits, which has help me a lot. Sometimes I would drink just to drink and that came to a stop. I still do what I want to do, I'm just doing it differently and it really working well for me. - Rene
Over the last two years I became a bit of a heavy drinker. After 84 days with Sunnyside, I'm now a moderate drinker, on my way to becoming a social drinking. The transition was easier than I thought. -Ted
I've been trying to cut back on my drinking for years and this is the only way I've actually done it. I'm so extremely happy with just the mindfulness that it has provided me. It's not judgy. It doesn't make you quit immediately. It is just a way to cut back and be mindful of your drinking and I really appreciate it. It's honestly transformed my life. -Stefani
I love this program - it’s simple and supportive. I feel like I’m on my way to making some lasting changes without ever feeling shamed. Also the coaches are real & respond personally (not just bots). -Lucy
Sunnyside members see big results in their first 30 days, and it only gets better from there. Start with your 15-day free trial, then stick with it if it’s right for you.
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The Mindful Drinkers is a group for people who want to cut back on their drinking. The group is a judgment-free zone grounded in positivity. The community aims to cultivate a sense of connection for those who prefer mindfulness over the traditional “all-or-nothing” approach. You’re invited to share your story about how you integrate mindful drinking into your daily life, offer encouragement, and ask questions.
Every Sunnyside membership includes all the features below, plus a free 15-day trial to make sure it’s right for you.
Sunnyside gives you simple, accurate tools to track your drinks that you’ll actually love to use.
Every Sunday we’ll share your plan for the week ahead that you can adjust and customize as needed.
We have real human coaches available for when you need a nudge or a bit of motivation. But only if you need it.
We’ll share advice, education and motivation on a daily basis to keep you on track with your goals.
Drinks cut, money saved, improved sleep... we’ll help you measure success in the terms that matter to you.
Sunnyside is easy and simple to use, but is backed by proven habit change techniques reviewed by our advisors.
Sunnyside utilizes proven behavior-change techniques to help you reach your goals, and it’s all reviewed by our team of experts.
Associate Medical Director of the South Los Angeles Health Center Group
MS, LPCC, LADC - Mental Health and Chemical Health Specialist
Habit expert, author of Hooked and Indistractable
Mental health & addiction expert, Author of The Abstinence Myth
"As a doctor, I've seen firsthand the difference that a better relationship with alcohol can make in a person's overall health outcomes, which is why I recommend Sunnyside to my patients."
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Our goal is to be transparent and honest with you about Sunnyside. It’s in our DNA. Here are a couple common questions, but please email us if you have more.
Can Sunnyside track calories in beer?
The Sunnyside app keeps track of how much beer and alcohol you drink. You'll receive daily reminders to log your intake. Sunnyside will then create a weekly action plan based on your health and fitness goals. A Sunnyside subscription starts at $8.75/mo, less than the cost of two drinks. Everyone starts with a 15-day free trial to test it out. And we're nice about refunds if it's truly not right for you.
What are the benefits of using Sunnyside to track the calories in beer?
Sunnyside makes drink tracking easy and hassle-free. By logging your daily intake, Sunnyside tracks your progress in terms of calories avoided. You'll also receive daily motivation, accountability texts, and access to real-life coaches for support. We employ proven habit-change techniques like pre-commitment, conscious interference, and belief and positivity to help you practice better drinking habits. Our methods are reviewed by habit-change and alcohol-use experts.
Is Sunnyside a free drink and beer tracking app?
We believe that everyone who drinks can benefit from more mindfulness and healthier habits. You can join Sunnyside no matter what your starting point is, and we’ll help you hit your goals, even if it means stopping drinking entirely. Sunnyside offers a 15-day free trial, and you can cancel at any time.
Is my data secure?
Do I have to talk to a coach?
Definitely not. Talking to a coach is completely optional. You can take advantage of the planning, tracking, behavior change, analytics, and amazing results without ever talking to anyone.
Who uses Sunnyside?
The Sunnyside community is made of thousands of people who enjoy drinking but want to create more mindfulness around their consumption, whether it’s to cut back or stop entirely. We’re moms, dads, professionals, students, and everyone in between.
Can an app help me consume fewer calories from beer?
Sunnyside has journeyed alongside thousands of members and helped them cut an average of 1500 calories from their diet in the first month! The app keeps track of your beer and alcohol intake and offers valuable insight into your drinking patterns. You'll receive guidance and advice on redirecting your drinking habits for better health, sleep, mood, and wellness.
Is it easy to track the calories in beer with an app?
Sunnyside makes it easier for you to track your calorie intake from beer. You can log your intake while drinking by texting in the app. Sunnyside also motivates, supports, and helps you to reach your weight loss goals through personalized plans and advice from real-life coaches. Your progress will be measured along the way, so you can see the number of calories you've avoided.