When it comes to a weight loss plan, you can fill your dish with tons of vegetables, increase the amount of protein in your diet and make sure that calories come in from the healthiest foods out there. Still, there is one place where you, most likely, lose vigilance – the bar.
You probably heart a million (well, almost) times that it is more correct to exclude parties with alcohol from the menu, if you want to lose weight or improve your health. However, if you are not going to do it, then at least be careful when choosing your drinks.
“Almost all cocktails are equal in calories to a full snack, and sometimes even to a full meal,” says Keri Gans, a nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet.
To consume alcohol without compromising your weight loss diet, observe three basic rules:
- Do not dilute alcohol with sweet drinks that instantly increase caloric value.
- Stay away from cocktails, which include more than one type of alcohol – this harms not only the calorie “value” of the cocktail, but also increases the severity of the hangover.
- Drink water between drinks, so that you don’t exceed your norm of alcohol.
To help you understand how this or that drink can affect your diet, we collected information about the most popular of them.
Vodka (97 calories, 0 sugar, 0 carbohydrates)
The most dietary cocktail with vodka is vodka + club soda + pieces of lime. To make it slightly sweeter, add fruit or berries to taste. At that, you should stay away from the cocktail “Sex on the beach”, because pineapple juice and peach liquor in it will turn the drink into a real sugar bomb. As a result, you will get 336 calories and 32 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Maybe better choose a piece of cake?
Rum (97 calories, 0 sugar, 0 carbohydrates)
Rum and coke is an old school version, which, nevertheless, is one of the most popular in any bar menu. If you are a serious dieter, you know that you should avoid sugary drinks. At the same time, its diet options may be harmful to health. Though, of course the combination of rum and diet coke will benefit you at least in terms of calorie content.
However, don’t expect anything good from the popular Caribbean cocktail “Pina colada”. It will give you 245 calories, 32 grams of carbohydrates and 31 grams of sugar only due to coconut syrup and pineapple juice.
Whiskey (105 calories, 0.03 grams of sugar, 0.3 grams of carbohydrates)
If you don’t mind having strong drinks like whiskey, yet are not willing to have them solo, take on the Manhattan cocktail, where you need to add to your bourbon or scotch 1-2 dashes of bitter (e.g. Angoustura) and ice, and a cherry, if desired request. As for the popular “Whiskey Sauer”, also known as “Sour Whiskey”, sugar syrup in its recipe will create problems. As a result, you get nothing more than 240 calories, 24 grams of carbohydrates and 23 grams of sugar per serving.
Gin (110 calories, 0 sugar, 0 carbohydrates)
If you’ve watched James Bond movies, you’ll surely like the idea of the legendary “Dry Martini” cocktail, which “007” always asks to shake, but not to stir. Gin, a little dry vermouth and a couple of olives in your glass will not let you exceed the threshold of 200 calories.
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing, for example, about the classic cocktail “Gin and tonic”. At first glance, it is also quite safe, yet the problem is that the effervescent tonic often contains a surprising amount of sugar in terms of taste (on average, this will add 21 grams of sugar to your menu).
Tequila (105 calories, 0 sugar, 0 carbohydrates)
Have you heard anything about “Paloma”? This is an alcoholic cocktail based on tequila, combined in a salt-decorated highball – a tall glass – with grapefruit juice and lime juice. The main thing is to insist that the bartender uses freshly squeezed juices, which will make the risk for the figure minimal.
At the same time, we strongly recommend that you bypass the world known “Margarita”. Sugar syrup and triple sec liqueur – and there you go, your cocktail has 600 calories and 80 grams of sugar. Most would probably choose eating a whole cake instead…