I tend to think of alcohol as ‘empty calories’ as they often serve no nutritional benefit, yet most of us find it difficult to avoid.
Clinical research has also shown the dangers of alcohol with the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing an extra 433 calories consumed by men when they drink alcohol. This is almost 1/5 of their daily allowance.
The added calories from the drinks themselves is just one of the problems, but is certainly not the only one. When you drink you lose your inhibitions, so are more likely to reach for those unhealthy snacks or a light night burger or kebab.
If you are on a diet then this can certainly put your efforts at risk.
Luckily for you this article is going to give you a few examples of alcoholic drinks that you can consume without affecting your diet.
Although you would expect to consume around 100-120 calories per glass of wine regardless of colour there are benefits to having this as your choice of alcoholic drink.
For instance white wine contains very few carbs when compared to red, while red wine contains ellagic acid that can delay the production and growth of fat cells.
Vermouth is a fortified wine that contains a high percentage of alcohol mixed with various herbs and spices.
A 1.5 ounce serving contains just 64 calories, but it is its polyphenol content that makes it a good choice for those on a diet, as these polyphenols can help to promote weight loss.
Just be careful not to mix this drink together with other more sugary drinks, as the calorie content will negate its other benefits.
#3: Straight liquors
To avoid the calories it is best to choose shots and liquors without the added flavours. Typically the sweeter the drink the more sugar and therefore calories it will contain.
For a little extra flavour I would suggest adding a citrus fruit such as lemon or lime to the mix.
#4: Light beer
It is pretty obvious that light beers are a better choice than more traditional beers when you are looking to lose a few pounds.
There are even extra light beers that will save you even more calories. A typical light beer will contain roughly 90-100 calories for every 12 ounces consumed, while the extra light alternative will contain only 55-65.
What should you be avoiding?
If you are serious about losing a little weight then there are a few alcoholic drinks you should be trying to avoid:
- Cocktails; as they are full of sugar and calories
- Craft beers; high in alcohol content, so also high in calories with 1 ounce containing as much as 7 calories
In reality you should be avoiding alcohol as much as possible, but this is not always possible, especially if you have a healthy social life.
The best drink for you is water, it contains zero calories, can help suppress your appetite and is good for removing those toxins from your body.
The only problem with water is that it can be a bit boring, and lets face it very few people will choose water over their favourite alcoholic beverage on a night out.
Of course if you are leading a healthy lifestyle the rest of the time then the occasional night out for a tipple with your friends wont cause too much harm. Especially if you follow our advice above.