If you are watching your caloric-intake this year, the holidays can be a frustrating time for you since Alcoholic drinks is a big part of the Holiday-time (and any Celebration). I’m here to tell you, that its okay to take that drink (in moderation), even if your on a Weightloss Program this Holiday Season.
Lets start with Beers
Beer is made from Malted Grain products like Barley, Rye, Wheat, hops… which means it can be heavy on the calories. Of course, calories is not the only thing you want to be concerned with when drinking Beer. Since Beer is made of Grains, not ALL grains are bad for you, even if the Calorie content is high.
The Higher the Alcohol content (ABV), the higher the calories and carbs, since there are 3 x’s more Grains in the beer. However, it does not mean you shouldn’t drink High alcohol beer. Higher alcohol beer also has more “whole” ingredients, since there is unlikely case of added sugars or other ingredients.
Lighter beers (usually the American ones) may have less calories and less alcohol content, but does not mean its a better choice. Some of these beers can be added with High Fructose Corn Syrup or Sugar to compensate for the grains. This is why I don’t always count calories.
Now lets talk about Wine! There’s a reason why Health-enthusiasts (myself included) love a glass of wine! The ratio of health benefits to calories is outstanding, plus who wouldn’t love the taste of a glass wine? Especially when its good for you! 🙂
Of course not ALL wine are created equal. The Higher the Alcohol content on Wine, the dryer it tends to be, which means Less Calories, and more antioxidant benefits!! An average 5 oz. glass of red or white wine has about 118-128 calories per glass. Which is why we drink in moderation and not gulp our wines by the glass 😉 Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir are usually dryer wines.
You may not be surprised that sweeter wines have less alcohol and more sugar. So if you are weight conscious, stay away from Sweet wines! Moscato, Riesling or Port wines are usually sweet.
Good news is a Dry Champagne has roughly 91 calories. (So drink up this New Years!!)
Liquors and Mixed Drinks
Even though a shot may look small, don’t let the size fool you, a standard shot at the bar contains a whopping 100 calories. Keep taking those shots and they can add up quick. Of course if you just drink it straight or on the rocks, its not too bad; mix it with a mixer or two and the calories add up real quick, so be careful on this one!
First lets talk about where each liquor come from. Vodka, is made from potatoes, so this will be a starchy one. Tequila is made from plants, making it perfect for that low-glycemic drinker!! (just be careful with those Margaritas!!! Rum is made from sugar cane, tastes great but don’t overdo it . Whisky is made from Rye grain (starchy, but the “good” kind).
Now Sake, a common Japanese drink made from rice wine only has 19 calories per “shot” and is usually drank slowly like liquor. Can be drank cold or hot. (It’s delicious too!)
If I were you I would think twice before asking for that martini or mudslide, as they tend to have lots of creme, sweeteners, and/or food dyes. They can be high in fat and calories. Not ideal for someone trying to lose weight.
Alcohol should never be replaced with your meal in order to offset the calories. Especially since drinking on an empty stomach can lead to having less inhibitions and making poorer choices.
Always drink in moderation and Drink responsibly. (especially this holiday season)
Will you use this guide the next time you go out with your friends?
Pictures and facts courtesy of TLSslim.com