Today the Healthy Mommy team are looking at the effects of alcohol and weight loss – especially the link between alcohol and belly fat.
If you’re trying to lose weight and ditch belly bloat by following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge – there are certainly positive benefits that come from ditching alcohol altogether. However, we understand many of us like the occasional drink at a family get-together or a glass of red with a nice dinner.
With that, we are here to remind you that a drink here and there will NOT hold you back from reaching your weight loss goals. WITH THAT SAID….it doesn’t hurt to understand how many calories your favorite alcoholic beverage has.
And if alcohol is a problem for you, in that perhaps you regularly over-indulge and then regret it the next day, perhaps it could be a good idea for you to take a break from it for a month or two and see how that makes you feel.
In this article, we reveal the lowest calorie and lowest SUGAR alcoholic beverage.
Can you drink alcohol and still lose belly fat?
Like many moms, you may be doing really well on your weight loss plan but still, you find that you are craving a glass of wine a few times a week.
While a recent diet and lifestyle change study found that people who increased their alcohol intake gained more weight over time, the findings varied by type of alcohol.
So to find the best option for you and your weight loss plan, here is how you can find the lowest calorie drinks.
How to find the lowest calorie drinks
If you do fancy a cocktail it’s best to go for something icy rather than creamy, and one that is flavored with fresh fruit is better than something packed with syrups or sweet soda. Think Mojito (160 cal) instead of a creamy Brandy Alexander (296 cal).
A typical glass of wine comes in at around 120 calories for a standard 5 oz serving.
A great option is to enjoy a glass of white wine or champagne with some sparkling water in it. You still enjoy the flavor but it drastically reduces your alcohol and calorie intake.
While a single shot of vodka or scotch contains around 90 calories, it’s the mixers that you need to keep an eye on.
Topping up your rum with a can of Coca Cola will add a further 140 calories (and almost 10 teaspoons of sugar!). Ginger beer and lemonade are not much better with a similar calorie count.
When mixing your spirits, go for soda water with some fresh lime as soda contains 0 calories and 0 sugar. Also, why not try adding just a splash of juice to your spirit and then topping up with sparkling water?
When it comes to beer, it’s pretty easy to remember – the lower the alcohol content, the lower the calories. The alcohol content is more important than whether the beer claims to be ‘low carb’ or not.
So if you fancy a couple of drinks at a party, light beer is a good choice as it comes in at 100 calories per bottle or can (compared to 145 cal for full strength).
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