Dieter’s drinking guide

So you’ve committed to a diet, once again. You’ve changed your less than exemplary eating habits to healthy ones, reduced your calories intake on foods and eliminated all kinds of alcohol consumption, sort of … right?

But what happens when you want a fun night out with your friends? Alcohol is processed first, and stores the carbohydrates as fats before getting any real “fuel” out of it. While it’s true that alcohol is rich in calories, there are some low calories and low carb drinks that are totally okay to drink without throwing off your diet.

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Champagne has the lowest calorie count when it comes to alcohol and is the best choice of drink when on a diet. A glass of champagne contains about 90 calories and 1.2 grams of carbohydrate.  The secret is to avoid mixing it with sugary drinks such as Mimosas and Bellinis. Drink a glass or two and plenty of water after and your diet will still be on track. Ever heard of the champagne diet? The funnest diet on Earth!

A second favorite diet choice is wine. Does the saying “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away” ring any bells? Wine has excellent antioxidant properties and a glass contains about 100 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrate (whether red or white. Dry wines contain less sugar and are therefore an even sweeter choice for your waistline.

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Distilled spirits have a bad reputation because people think they are the enemy to dieters. The truth is, it’s the drinks you mix it with that cause all the damage. When it comes to drinking on a diet, “Simpler is Better”.

Pay attention to the level of alcohol proof. Higher proofs tend to have higher calories. Vodka and Rum have the lowest calorie count in that category and vodka is believe it or not, carbs free. The tricky part is the mixers. Avoid mixing them with high sugary and high carbohydrate mixers such as juices and sodas. The ideal choice is to mix it with soda water and add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon.

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What to stay away from?

Now here come the ones to avoid at all cost… COCKTAILS! Yes we know that hurts to hear, especially for all the ladies that love their cosmos, or mojitos. One margarita glass is about 150 calories, and a frozen one can get up to 400 calories. That’s a meal worth of calories, and let’s face it, who stops at one Margarita glass?

So to all our dear dieters, we feel your pain, but remember not to drink your calories.

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