Drinking alcohol is not good for health but most of us consume it. If not consumed in moderation it not only affects health, but can also be a hurdle for those trying to lose weight.
Alcoholic beverages contain calories and added sugar, both of which are contributing factors to weight gain that may further lead to many health problems.(1,2)
Alcohol in itself has sugar. Mixing it with other calorie-dense beverages increase the sugar content. Decreasing the number of calories consumed through alcohol can be very effective.
Alcohol can be consumed in moderation as a part of a balanced diet. This can be done by including low-calorie options without compromising on health.
8 Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks
Vodka is mostly consumed by combining vodka with unflavored club soda.
7.5 ounces of vodka soda contains 133 calories and is the lowest calorie drink.(3)
An extra flavor can be added to this drink by adding cucumber or mint or by mixing it in lime juice.
Club soda in vodka soda can also be swapped with other types of sparkling water.
Also, alcohol dehydrates the body, and adding fresh water can help overcome the problem.
1 ounce of white wine contains 123 calories and can be a good option if someone is looking for an alcoholic drink with lesser calories.(4)
You can also add fresh fruit to the wine or mix sparkling water or club soda to it to further decrease the calorie count.
Tequila and Fresh Lime
Margaritas which had tequila in them are liked by many, but it is loaded with calories and sugar.
Instead, you can add lime water to tequila, which is not only easy to make but also is very low in calories.
42 ml of tequila with a lime wedge may have only 99 calories in total.(5,6)
If you do not have a taste of plain tequila then you can also make a cocktail by mixing some club soda or coconut water to make a low-calorie cocktail.
When compared, light beer has fewer calories and lower alcohol content than regular beer.
12 ounces of light beer may contain only about 104 calories.(7)
It can be a good option for those who like the taste of beer and looking for a drink with low-calories.
Gin and Diet Tonic
Gin and tonic water over a glass of ice is a very popular drink.
Its calories can be reduced by swapping the regular tonic water with diet tonic water that is a calorie-free alternative.
2 ounces of gin with 4 ounces of diet tonic contains 128 calories in total.(8,9)
The calorie count can be reduced further by adding more ice and diet tonic with lesser gin.
A classic martini has gin and vermouth topped with olives and lemon.
Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with botanicals. To decrease the calorie content of the martini, a dry martini can be opted for.
A dry martini is made by mixing 2.5 ounces of gin and 0.5 ounces of vermouth, both of which consist of 185 calories in combination.(10,11)
It can also be topped with a splash of oranges bitters and lemon wedges to make a flavorful drink.
Paloma is a drink that consists of tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and soda over ice.
A low-calorie paloma can be made by mixing 1.5 ounces of tequila with 6 ounces of grapefruit juice, a bit of lime, and some ice. It contains just 169 calories.(12,5)
You can also splash grape-fruit-flavored sparkling water and some salt around the rim for a twist in taste.
Rum and Diet Coke
Cuba Libre is a drink made from pairing white rum and coke.
It contains 135 calories which are 33% less than regular rum and coke.(13,14)
You can cut down on calories and still enjoy your favorite drinks. Starters should make sure that they make their drinks at home and not buy them in the premade mixes as they are high in sugar and calories. And, instead of preparing your drink by adding high-calorie beverages to it, you can enhance the flavor of the drinks with fresh herbs such as rosemary, mint, basil, or lavender.
Those trying to lose weight can choose from several alcoholic beverages and to decrease the calorie count try mixing your drink with unsweetened mixers.
Remember, alcohol should be consumed in moderation as a part of a healthy diet. Never overdo the consumption.
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