Searching for Low Calorie Alcohol!
Party time is approaching fast. This makes the perfect time to drink alcohol with friends.
No one can stop drinking and no one stops eating snacks along with it.
It’s turned out to be a perfect time to relax and enjoy a few happy moments in our life.
Stress fades away and we are out of conscious to think over anything. It’s just us.
But this party time can change our regular healthy lifestyle. A single glass of alcohol doesn’t matter at all. But drinking peg after peg, eating high calorie snacks can turn into a nightmare to burn those calories.
It also depends on drinks.
We see alcohol as high calorie content, but it’s not the fact. Actually, it contains very less amount of calorie. The main source of calorie in not liquor, it’s the mixer.
“It’s the mixers, syrups, and sodas that really get people into calorie trouble, because most drinks start with 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits that only have around 96 calories, but mixologists can easily turn that into a drink with hundreds of calories,” says Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, co-author of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous (1).
There are many things that can help you to enjoy your drink without gut feeling.
High Calorie Alcohol
|Beverage||Calories per serve||Tips|
|Regular Beer||149||Better prefer light beer|
|Vermouth||Sweet – 140, dry – 105||You should try dry one|
|Chocolate Martini||438||Dense in calories due to mixers|
Low Calorie Alcohol
|Beverage||Calories per serve||Tips|
|Light Beer||110||It’s the best option|
|Spirits||65||Gin, vodka, whiskey, but without mixers, just water or soda|
|White and red wine||80-105||A healthy option|
Alcohol and calories
As we drink alcohol we intake low amount of calories.
There are many reasons that increase the calorie intake. By learning the best ways to prepare the drink and also reasons for high calorie will help us to make better choices.
Mixer’s is highly loaded with calories
When you drink liquor, it’s not the main ingredients that contain large amount of calorie. While preparing a drink, we mix Alcohol and mixers. Mixers calories depends on what is it.
Some prefer to add sugar syrup which is dense in calories.
Also adding coke increase sugar content and provide dense calories.
Fruit juice as a mixer also adds few more calories.
Super caloric cocktails! Today, we have increased our calorie intake with few of popular cocktails that are made to provide extra flavor.
These extra flavors provide a good experience to the drinkers.
That calorie is in disguise. Chocolate martinis to hot buttered rum are super caloric but changing drink experience.
So everyone prefers to have it.
“The trend in cocktails is to sugar the rim, add chocolate syrup or any number of creative sweet touches that boost calories, and turn the cocktail into a dessert,” says O’Neil.
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Side Effects of Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol is considered healthy to drink.
Yes! It’s good for your health.
The research concluded with an amazing result (2). People drinking wine lived 5 years longer and while people drinking alcohol lived 2.5 years longer than people not drinking any alcohol or wine. It was an amazing result.
But what about of side-effects. It’s not the things harm us.
As with everything in minimum quantity is good. But if we exceed that, negativity follows us.
Drinking small quantity of alcohol or wine do many goods.
While going, beyond start showing adverse effects.
1. No nutritional value
Alcohol may contain low calorie, but it increases as we prepare it.
Due to many types of high caloric mixer, alcohol provides a high amount of calorie. When we consider cocktails which contain chocolate, sugar syrup or cream we drink large amount of calories.
You cannot consider this calorie as healthy one because they don’t have any nutritional value.
(Wine or beer contains antioxidants and other nutrients that are good for health. While spirits don’t have any nutrients. So you can prefer wine over spirits like tequila, whiskey, etc..)
2. Destroys our eating habit or sense
After drinking over night, we tend to search for greasy foods. Foods that we usually don’t want to eat. We tend to love such foods after drinking.
After a few sips of the drink, we lose our capacity to make a better decision. We prefer to eat food that is loaded with high calorie and fats.
Research at the department of a health survey in the UK suggests that one in three people order some type of unhealthy snack foods like burger or chips while one in five, stops to take away foods on the way home after a night out.
Alcohol decreases our ability to make a sensible eating choice. Also, we crave for foods that rich in calories. So we tend to eat burgers, chips, french fries and other foods that are high in carbohydrates.
3. Promotes Weight Gain
Due to continuous feeding on high calorie alcohol and snacks increase our calorie intake.
Before drinking, we are a better decision maker.
But after it, we lose our sensible eating choice. We mostly prefer to eat foods that are rich in carbohydrates and fats.
Also, drinking can lower our metabolism due to changes in eating habit.
Also, cocktails are loaded with calories.
All these leads to weight gain.
Tips to reduce calories in Alcohol
1. Drinking wine is preferable as it is low in calorie also it is rich in healthy nutrients.
2. Drink light beer, as it contains 110 calories per standard drinks. Light beer is a better option than regular beer.
3. Champagne; 84 calories
4. Sprits (80 proof); vodka, gin, tequila, brandy comes with 65 calories. You should opt out high sugar from the mixers.
5. You can mix spirits with water. Water is the best option as has no calorie and helps to opt sugar mixers.
6. Go for light calorie mixers like orange juice, diet soda, diet tonic, coffee, tea, light lemonade or light cranberry juice.
Healthy Tips To Enjoy Alcohol
1. After 2 drinks you will lose your ability to make a healthy food decision. So it is preferable not to go more than 2 drinks.
2. Switch between alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Sparkling water with lemon is refreshing, so you can enjoy party all night.
3. You can drink wine or beer instead of spirit. It is healthy as it contains some amount of antioxidants and other nutrients like Vitamin B. While spirit contains empty calorie.
So that’s all for weight loss. Drinking wisely can prevent you from falling into the problem.
If you are on the weight loss regime try to avoid it for more frequent drinking. Drinking on occasion, but in limited quantity won’t do harm to you. You enjoy your drink and enjoy the event.
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