A diet and alcoholic drinks don’t usually go well together. Dieting and weight loss experts usually recommend avoiding alcohol in your daily diet to ensure weight loss. Alcohol calories are usually those calories that can best be avoided when it comes to making a choice.
However, if you want to have a drink and maintain a weight loss plan, you might want to consider alcohol that is low in calories.
The first thing to remember is that alcohol calories can often be higher than those contained in junk food. One gram of alcohol has seven calories, whereas a gram of carbohydrates or proteins has only four calories. The second thing to remember is that, the moment you start adding mixers to drinks, you automatically jack up the calorie count. The syrups and sodas in mixers will do a lot of damage to your weight loss program.
If you must have a drink, consider the following five low-calorie alcoholic drinks:
- Light Beer: This is a good option, because light beer has 100 calories or less. This helps your dieting as long as you keep the number of beers down to two, as it is very easy to keep consuming light beer without paying attention to how many you have had.
- Microbrews: You can drink dark beers, but restrict yourself to one.
- Diet Wine: Diet wine has less than 100 calories. A fantastic alternative is to convert your wine into a “wine spritzer” by adding sparkling water to a dash of regular wine which lowers the amount of calories.
- Rum with Diet Soda/Diet Coke: This combination has fewer calories than a regular beer. If you restrict yourself to two of these mixed drinks, your weight loss program will not be in jeopardy.
- Tonic and Vodka: This combination is also below 100 calories and a good way to ensure that your diet stays on track.
If you know that you will be going out for drinks after dinner, it is advisable to cut down your food calories a bit.
If you must mix alcohol with juice, choose a vegetable juice over a fruit juice.
Add water, diet soda, or watered down juices to your drinks to reduce the number of calories.
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