It’s easy to overlook the fact that consuming alcohol can have a big impact on your weight-loss goals. Follow these four tips to ensure you have a good time and don’t regret it later.
- Have a Plan
Before consuming an alcoholic beverage, make sure you have a plan. Account for how many calories you are willing to consume and set a maximum drink count accordingly and stick to it. Reduce your calorie intake or increase your physical activity during the day to offset your drinks. Before you hit the town, eat a light snack (the equivalent of one palm-closed handful of raw nuts or some carrot sticks) and remember to select healthy food choices for dinner.
- Mind the Mixers
Most hard alcohol contains 100 calories per 1.5-ounce shot, but it’s the sweet mixers and syrups that will surge the calorie count. Sugary mixed drinks can check in at 400 (piña colada), 500 (White Russian) or even 800 calories (Long Island Iced Tea). Opt for diet soda or soda water instead to mix your drinks.
- Go With Light Beer
Most beers range from 60 to 200 calories per 12 ounces, while some craft beers can exceed 500 calories — the equivalent of a large order of French fries from McDonald’s. Dark beers and those that are heavier or sweeter, such as stouts or barleywines, typically contain more calories than lighter drafts because light beers contain fewer carbohydrates.
- Alternate Alcohol and Water
After drinking a glass of wine, beer or cocktail, drink an equal amount of water. This not only helps you consume fewer calories, but water will keep you hydrated and reduce the risk of a hangover the next morning.
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