So I thought this topic would be perfect for today! Tomorrow I have a work event which includes an open bar and then going on vacation to an all-inclusive resort! All I’m seeing is 🍻🍸🍹🍷🥂🍾🥃
Below is my thought process when I’m in a situation alcohol is involved in because not all alcohol is equal. The overall breakdown is obviously beer, wine, spirits and mixed drinks.
🍺Let’s talk beer. I love me a good IPA! But they’re so high in calories!! A 12 oz IPA ~ 180 calories and 20g carbs (about 3 oz of sweet potatoes has 20g carbs, but only 84 calories)! So if I know it’s going to be a beer night, I may have half an IPA or one depending on the length of the event and then switch to a lighter beer like Miller Light which is half the calories of an IPA at 96 calories and only about 4g of carbs (5 times less than an IPA!).
🍷If I’m in a wine mood, personally I prefer red wines- pinot noirs, red blends, cabs etc. The higher the alcohol in wine the more calories they tend to be. These wines would range anywhere from 135 to 195 calories for 6 oz glass depending on the wine. Dry white wines can go from 107 calories to 173 calories per 6 oz glass. I’m personally not a huge fan of sweet wines but as you can imagine they can be pretty hefty in calories, some breaking into the 200+ calorie range for 6 oz. Here’s a cool articles on Shape.com, Best Wines For Your Waistline. Lately what I’ve been doing on wine nights is something I’ve learned from my mom and it keeps you in check with the amount of wine you’re drinking. Ask the bartender (or pour yourself) a wine glass filled with ice, half white wine, half soda water and a lime. This is a delicious wine spritzer that kept me feeling hydrated and satisfied during a wedding I attended.
🥃In a whiskey mood? I can be a bourbon whiskey girl sometimes. A nice glass of Maker’s Mark on the rocks is just what the end of the day needs sometimes. That will only cost me about 69 calories and 0 carbs. Vodka, gin, tequila and rum all fall into this category all varying in calories from 60 to 100 when poured on the rocks or neat.
🍹Mixed drinks can be the most caloricly scary drinks. Although most mixed drinks contain the lower calorie, 0 carb spirits the mixers can be the horrible culprits. Most mixers are sugar based which means insanely high calorie and carb counts. They can add an additional 130+ calories and 30+ carbs to any beverage! Smart alternatives to coke and syrups would be soda water and whole fruits (limes, strawberries, lemons).
So now you have an idea of the low calorie drink you would like to consume, this should be noted: alcohol itself can be considered a macro nutrient which is 1g alcohol equals 7 calories (other macronutrients- protein= 1g is 4 calories; carbs= 1g is 4 calories; fat= 1g is 9 calories) once you drink the alcohol, your body is going to stop metabolizing (burning) the other macronutrients and start burning the alcohol until its gone. This hinders fat loss (click here for more info). So alcohol in moderation is still something you need to think about if you’re on a fat loss journey.
Also, I would like to note throwing water in between each alcoholic bevera is a great way to stay hydrated. You’ll still keep your buzz but feel so much better tomorrow because you’ll have been hydrating throughout the night (day?). Food is also important. Drinking on an empty stomach is a horrible idea. I don’t think I even need to explain this but having something that the alcohol can absorb into besides your stomach lining is very good idea.
Be safe, be smart and have fun!