Whether you enjoy a glass of wine in the evening or a few cocktails on a Saturday night, you probably assume that alcohol is no longer on the menu once you start dieting. Well the good news is that you can still have a drink as long as you are sensible. As long as you follow a few simple rules, there is no reason why you have to go on the wagon until your diet is over.
Alcoholic drinks contain calories, but some drinks are worse than others. Mixers count for most of the calories rather than the alcoholic beverage itself, so if you enjoy a shot of rum and coke over ice, the coke will be where you get most of your calories from. The same applies to cocktails. Many cocktails contain high-calorie sugary mixers, which is lethal if you are trying to lose weight.
There is no alcoholic drink in the world that is calorie free, but drinking neat vodka by the bucket full probably won’t make you fat—although it might not be so great for your liver! However, because the body chooses to metabolise alcohol first, everything else you eat in the same period stays put on your hips and tummy.
Tips For Drinking Alcohol On A Diet
- Drink in moderation – Watch how big your servings are. A large wine glass can hold as much as a half bottle of wine, so five glasses of red wine would be catastrophic for your weight loss goal.
- Watch out for mixers – Try and avoid adding calorific mixers to drinks. Soda water is calorie free, but if you must have a mixer make it a diet one.
- Eat and drink – Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach plays havoc with your blood sugar levels, which is why you get the munchies at the end of a heavy night on the town. Food also lines your stomach and ensures the alcohol you do consume is absorbed more slowly.
- Know your drinks – a shot of vodka has 100 calories, whereas a Long Island iced Tea has around 300 calories.
- Keep it simple – A glass of white wine is better for your diet than a margarita.
- Alternate alcohol with water – Ideally restrict your alcohol intake to two drinks or less, but if it’s going to be a long night, make sure you drink plenty of water to reduce the effects of dehydration caused by alcohol (dehydration makes you crave energy food).
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