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10 alcoholic drinks to AVOID if you want to lose weight

Fancy an alcoholic beverage after working hard on your weight loss goals? Surely one refreshing cocktail isn’t going to sabotage your efforts, is it?

Well, it depends on what you are consuming.

The good news is, there are ways to manage your drink consumption so you don’t hinder your weight loss plans.


10 alcoholic drinks to avoid on a night out

1. Alcopops

Alcopops such as Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Breezers contain a lot of added sugars and can contain as much as 250 calories.

2. Mojito


Mojitos may be refreshing on a hot day, but this syrupy drink has a whopping 242 calories.

3. Long Island Iced Tea

According to, a Long Island Iced Tea contains a huge 424 calories.

Instead opt for a Cosmopolitan which is only 100 calories.

4. White wine

A glass of 175ml white wine can contain around 160 calories.

Whereas Champagne is a slightly healthier option with a 120ml serving having only 90 calories.

5. Baileys

Anything creamy like a Baileys Irish cream should be avoided if you’re on a health kick.

A 50ml glass contains 175 calories!

6. Margaritas

Often made from sugar-saturated Margarita mix, tequila or Triple Sec and poured into a salt-rimmed glass, Margaritas can contain as much as 280 calories per glass!

7. Cider

Some ciders could contain as much as 210 calories, especially if they are sweet tasting.

8. Beer

They call it a beer belly for a reason! A pint of beer can have as many as 208 calories per schooner and leave you feeling bloated.

9. Pina Colada

Sweet and full of coconut cream and pineapple juice – this cocktail can have more calories than a Big Mac! Pina Coladas contain 245 calories.

10. White Russian

A creamy cocktail which also contains vodka and coffee liqueur. White Russians are calorific and can pack up to 500 calories per drink!

If you want some healthier alcoholic alternatives, then try:

Champagne – 90 calories

Vodka soda – 95 calories

Light beer – 96 calories

Rum and coke – 100 calories

Whiskey – 105 calories

Gin and Tonic – 115 calories

Light red wine – 123 calories


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