A critical key to any successful lifestyle change is moderation. As you stick to your healthier eating plan, some days you require a bit of relaxation which often times will come in the form of an alcoholic drink. Although alcohol is fat-free and low in carbs, it’s really the calories that count when it comes to weight management. Naturally, alcohol and dieting are not complimentary of each other because your body processes the alcohol first, leaving carbs to get stored as fat instead of being used as fuel.
Even if you moderate your consumption, each category of drinks has different caloric content. Here is a quick reference guide to making healthier alcoholic beverage choices.
WINE. THE MOST DIET-FRIENDLY CHOICE
White and red wines such as Merlot and Chardonnay generally have 20 calories per ounce and are served in 5oz portions. Therefore, each glass of wine is approximately 100 calories. Be careful with the desert and port wines like Sherry & Moscato. Those sweet wines have a higher caloric content although served in smaller portions.
LIQUOR. EASY ON YOUR DIET
The hard stuff is usually higher in calories per ounce than wine and in moderation, it is served in 1.5 – 2oz portions. But, where it starts to really add up is when it is mixed with sodas and high fructose juices and syrups. Try using calorie-free mixers like diet soda or diet tonic water. Ultimately, the lighter the liquor, the less calories it contains.
Vodka – 69 calories oz
Tequila – 69 calories per oz
Whisky – 72 calories per oz
Rum – 73 calories per oz
Scotch – 75 calories per oz
BEER. RAISE YOUR GLASS CAREFULLY
Although more filling, some ales and lagers punch a mean pack with their high caloric content. Be sure to select the light or low-calorie beers.
Relax and enjoy your event! Hire JC Bartending, Inc. and let us bring the party to you!