The BEST Alcoholic Drinks While Dieting


Picture this – Friday night, you just finished
dinner, capping out your calories and fitting all your macros in for the day. Satisfied
with the immense willpower you showed throughout the week in maintaining your diet, you sit
on the couch and prepare to go on a TV marathon binge, but before you can get comfortable,
you get a text from your best friend asking to come out to a bar tonight and have some
fun. Your first reaction was “heck yea!” With the diet you’ve been trying to stick to, you
haven’t been able to spend time to hang out, have some fun, and go out there looking for
Mr. or Mrs. Right, or Right for the Night, whatever your preference is. Does this picture
sound familiar? You’ve probably put aside a lot of fun nights and outings in order to
keep up with your diet, but sometimes you just have to get out there and enjoy yourself.
Well, the next best thing you can do is be mindful of your drink choices. Without going
into too much of the science behind alcohol metabolism, the most important takeaway is
that alcohol does indeed add calories and also affect the metabolic pathway, which adds
to your waistline, so making wise decisions can help you enjoy your night and also do
as little damage to your diet as possible. Now, did you know that beer is the third most
popular drink in the world, after water and tea? As popular as it may be, it’s not exactly
calorie-friendly. Some of the heaviest beers you can get at a bar are the darker varieties
such as stouts, porters, and pale ales, netting on average 225 calories per glass. Your best
bet for diet-friendly beers are the lighter variety of lagers. But with lowered calories
comes lowered alcohol content as well. That same light lager, where at 100 calories, only
has roughly 4% alcohol by volume. A 225 calorie pale ale on the other hand, can be as high
as 8%. Now, when you do the math, the lighter beer will still win out on an alcohol per
calorie basis, granted if you’re willing to down more glasses. If you’re the type to just
sip mostly on one glass throughout your night, you might be better off getting just one of
the lighter type of pale ales. Things you definitely want to avoid are the extremely
light beers that runs around 60 calories per bottle since you’re basically drinking dirty
water with very little alcohol and also avoid high-calorie ciders.
Not a beer fan? How about cocktails? Well, cocktails are a bit tricky but the general
rule of thumb for cocktails is the less sugar added, the better. Things like the heavy cream
in a white Russian, sugary syrup in a whiskey sour and the tonic in a gin and tonic, are
the biggest players in bumping up calories and bumping up your belly. Usually the best
diet-conscious choices are the ones with the least ingredients added. An old fashioned,
which only has a single sugar cube and some bitters added, will get the vast majority
of its calories from the whiskey itself. A red bull and vodka, on the other hand, gets
most of its calories from the added energy drink which pushes its calorie total quite
high. Other solid tips are to go for drinks with more lime ingredients such as a mojito
or a marguerita since lime adds very little in calories, and choose to swap out soda ingredients
for its sugar free alternative if your bar allows it. Oh, and for you AMF lovers, you
might want to tone down your party mode just a little bit…
If you’re just looking for getting that buzz as quick as you can, by far the biggest alcohol
bang for your calorie buck is straight hard liquor. And the positive note is that all
hard liquors, be it vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, or tequila, they all have pretty much the
same amount of calories. The only factor is the proof, or alcohol content divided in half,
in the hard liquor. The most typical hard liquor is 80 proof, or 40% alcohol by volume,
and contains 96 calories per shot or jigger. A 100 proof, 50% alcohol by volume, increases
the calorie total to 123. Although you’re getting more calories in higher proof liquor,
the relatively small increase in calories might be worth the trade-off, that’s if you’re
willing to take the shot in the first place. Whatever your drinking choice might be, please
be sure to diet and drink responsibly and always have a designated sober driver for
your group. And if you’re really trying to stick to that diet, maybe your best option
is to be that DD yourself! Have any other curious health questions? Please
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