Diets are hard enough as it is. Now you’re supposed to not only give up your treats and days out at the restaurant indulging in a delicious steak and lobster meal, but you can’t even enjoy a drink every now and then either?
Stop right there. As long as you learn proper portion control and educate yourself on the types of drinks that are lower in calories, you can certainly enjoy a drink or two every now and then and not suffer the “weighty” consequences.
Learning about Low-Calorie Alcoholic Options
A good rule of thumb when it comes to alcohol, though it does not always apply, is that the caloric amount depends on three things:
The alcoholic percentage
The mixer used
The size of the drink
Generally, the higher the percentage of alcohol in any drink, the higher in calories it will be. This is surprising for a lot of women on a diet plan, as they have been told that “straight” drinks like vodka and lime or whiskey on the rocks were “okay” to drink as it did not have any calories. Wrong!
As a matter of fact, a bottle of 80-proof vodka (that would be 40% alcohol) as a whopping 64 calories per 1 ounce, and 86-proof vodka (43% alcohol has close to 70 calories in 1 ounce. Throw in the mixer which can also be loaded with calories (juice and sodas are both high in calories since they are full of sugars). Make a large drink, and you can easily be drinking 300-500 calories in one drink!
For everyone who enjoys the mixed drinks, here are some low-calorie mixers to help reduce the number of calories in that beverage of yours:
Diet sodas or diet tonic water: 0 calories
Coffee/tea: 0 calories
Light lemonade (8 ounces): 5 calories
Lemon or lime juice (0.5 ounces): 10 calories
Light cranberry juice (8 ounces): 40 calories
Light orange juice (8 ounces): 50 calories
Orange juice (6 ounces): 84 calories
Low-Calorie Punches & Cocktails
Yes, you can still enjoy the punches and cocktails, as long as you drink them within reason.
Mimosa (4 ounces): 75 calories
Wine spritzer (5 ounces): 100 calories
Green apple martini (1 ounce of vodka, apple juice, and sour apple): 148 calories
Spiced cider with rum (8 ounces): 150 calories
Martini (2.5 ounces): 160 calories
Rum and diet Coke (8 ounces): 185 calories
Low-Calorie Alcoholic Options
If you aren’t into the mixed drinks and prefer beer or wine, there are substitutions that you can make here as well. Light beers are always an easy choice, as they contain the same amount of alcohol but far fewer calories and typically far less carbohydrates than a standard beer: