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Fat Loss and Alcohol

While the challenge of cutting calories to lose weight is a formidable task enough as is, one must also not forget the social element of breaking bread with friends and family. Alcohol especially is a social staple for many people all around the world, and just like with candies, sodas, and other culprits that widen the waistline, the world of alcohol is rife with fattening drinks as well.

Do I need to stop drinking to Lose Weight?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: It certainly can help if you can do it.

With alcohol, the problem isn’t just the drinks themselves but how they’re used as a social lubricant to get people talking. Sports games, dinner dates, or hanging out with friends, it’s a common sight and without a plan will slow or even prevent your weight loss progress. While stopping all consumption of it will make things more simple, it is not always an option for some people. Today I’m going to go over the options and survival guide to keep your social life without

Alcohol is typically paired with some kind of food, and beers or cocktails usually contain a few hundred calories per drink. Drinking these calorie dense beverages can have similar fattening effects like that of simple carbs (beer is called liquid bread for good reason). Some easy calorie culprits from the spirits menu are:

1.Sugary Cocktails and Mixed Drinks:

Sugary cocktails and mixed drinks tend to be the biggest culprits when it comes to excessive calories and added sugars. Many of these drinks are made with syrups, fruit juices, or sweeteners, which can significantly increase their calorie content. Examples include margaritas, daiquiris, piƱa coladas, and sweet martinis. These drinks can easily surpass 500 calories per serving, making them less conducive to weight loss efforts.

  1. Beer:

While beer can be enjoyed in moderation, it’s important to be mindful of its calorie content. Regular beers, especially craft and high-alcohol options, can pack a significant number of calories. Light beers, on the other hand, tend to have fewer calories and can be a better choice for those watching their weight. However, it’s crucial to note that excessive beer consumption can still hinder weight loss due to its impact on metabolism and the body’s ability to burn fat efficiently.

  1. Sweet Wines and Liqueurs:

Some wines and liqueurs are naturally higher in sugar, contributing to their calorie content. Dessert wines, sweet fortified wines, and liqueurs like amaretto or sweet vermouth fall into this category. While a glass of wine can be enjoyed in moderation, it’s advisable to opt for dry wines, which typically have lower sugar and calorie content.

  1. Pre-Mixed Alcoholic Beverages:

Pre-mixed alcoholic beverages, such as coolers or ready-to-drink cocktails, often contain added sugars and artificial ingredients. These drinks may seem convenient, but they tend to have higher calorie counts. It’s advisable to read the labels and choose options with lower sugar content or consider making your own versions using healthier ingredients.

  1. Creamy and High-Fat Drinks:

Cream-based or high-fat drinks like White Russians, mudslides, or creamy martinis tend to be higher in calories due to the added cream, liqueurs, or sugary mixers. These indulgent drinks can contribute a significant amount of calories without providing much nutritional value.

But I want to Drink and Socialize!

Fear not, there is some choices for the weight conscious drinker to keep the calories low.

  1. Gin and Tonic (with Light Tonic Water): Opt for a classic gin and tonic but choose a light or diet tonic water to reduce the calorie content. Add a wedge of lime or cucumber for extra flavor.
  2. Vodka Soda: Mix a shot of vodka with soda water and a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon. This simple and refreshing combination is low in calories and carbs.
  3. Simple Spirits with Club Soda: Enjoy your favorite spirit, such as rum, vodka, or whiskey, mixed with calorie-free club soda and a squeeze of citrus for a light and refreshing drink.
  4. Light Beer: Choose light or low-calorie beers that have reduced calorie and carbohydrate content compared to regular beers. Be mindful of portion sizes and drink in moderation.
  5. Dry Wine: Dry wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Cabernet Sauvignon tend to have lower sugar and calorie content compared to sweet or dessert wines. Enjoy a moderate-sized glass as a lighter option.
  6. Champagne or Sparkling Wine: Champagne or sparkling wine can be a celebratory choice that typically has fewer calories than other types of wine. Stick to dry or brut varieties for lower sugar content.
  7. Mojito (with Less or No Added Sugar): Ask for a mojito with less or no added sugar to reduce calorie intake. Focus on the fresh mint, lime, and soda water for flavor.
  8. Skinny Margarita: Opt for a skinny margarita made with fresh lime juice, tequila, and a splash of orange liqueur. Skip the sugary mixes and rimmed salt to keep it lower in calories.
  9. Whiskey or Scotch on the Rocks: Enjoy a single shot of whiskey or scotch over ice for a straightforward and lower-calorie option.
  10. Light Rum and Diet Coke: Mix a shot of light rum with diet cola for a lighter version of the classic rum and cola combination.

While these drinks are better choices in some regards, there is still plenty of shortcomings with them such as preservatives in canned mixers, or artificial flavoring. These can be used to get you through the social event but try to avoid as many toxins from processed canned drinks while getting buzzed. The hazards and poisons from mainstream food extend to alcohol as well.

Drink responsibly, honor your gift.


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