What Alcohol Can I Drink If I’m On A Diet?
Rock-hard abs and alcohol. It’s the ultimate dream. Drink all the alcohol you want while totally getting shredded abs. Excuse us while we weep a little in sheer admiration of this majestic concept. However, it is but a pipe dream. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol will get you the dreaded beer belly.
If only a beer belly was like this.
Also, drunk. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol will get you roaring drunk. But all is not lost. With exercise and a proper diet, you can still have your alcohol and drink it. In moderation, of course. But is every type of alcohol going to make you fat at the same rate? Of course not! Some alcohol are more diet-friendly than others.
Find out which alcohol is better for your diet below.
The drink of choice for classy people and cheese aficionados, wine is the most calorie-friendly selection with around 20 calories per ounce. Compared to the rest, wine is the Zac Efron of alcohol. All lean and charming with a nice smile.
No need to thank me, ladies.
Each 5-ounce glass would then be 100 calories with no cholesterol, sodium or fat. This is true for both red and white wine, from Merlot to Chardonnay. What’s more, because most people drink wine as is without adding calorie-heavy mixers, it’s your best bet for a social lubricant that keeps you happy without packing on the pounds.
|Wine||Calories/Ounce||Carbs/Ounce||Per 1.5-oz Serving
|Chardonnay||20||0.4 g||100 calories, 2 g carbs
|Pinot Grigio||20||0.4 g||100 calories, 2 g carbs
|Zinfandel White Wine||20||0.4 g||100 calories, 2 g carbs
|Cabernet Sauvignon||20||0.8 g||100 calories, 4 g carbs
|Merlot Red Wine||20||0.8 g||100 calories, 4 g carbs|
Hard liquor is slightly higher in calories per ounce than wine. It’s not a lot, depending on what you drink. But the thing is, unless you’re drinking liquor on the rocks or neat, you’re adding more calories when you use mixers like cola or juices. If you’re going to drink liquor, use calorie-free mixers like diet soda, diet tonic water or just plain old water. One shot glass or mixed drink will contain about 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
|Liquor||Calories/Ounce||Carbs/Ounce||Per 1.5-oz Serving
|Vermouth||32||0.2 g||64 calories, 0.4 g carbs|
|Coconut Rum||51||5.3 g||77 calories, 8 g carbs|
|Gin||65||0 g||98 calories, 0 g carbs|
|Rye Whiskey||69||0 g||104 calories, 0 g carbs|
|Scotch Whiskey||69||0 g||104 calories, 0 g carbs|
|White Rum||69||0 g||104 calories, 0 g carbs|
|Vodka||69||0 g||104 calories, 0 g carbs|
|Cognac||69||2 g||104 calories, 3 g carbs|
|Tequila||69||5.3 g||104 calories, 8 g carbs|
There’s a reason why it’s called a beer belly and not a wine belly or a liquor belly. It’s not just because a beer belly resembles a keg of beer. While the caloric impact of a single ounce of beer is a lot lesser than that of wine or liquor, do remember that most people traditionally do not drink just an ounce or two of beer at a go. Beer has about 150 calories per 12-ounce serving. Light beers will drop your caloric intake without sacrificing much flavour, but all that is moot when you drink from massive steins designed to hold enough beer to drown a blue whale.
|Beer||Calories/Ounce||Carbs/Ounce||Per 12-oz Serving|
|“Light” Beer||9||0.5 g||108 calories, 6 g carbs|
|Draft Beer||12||1.1 g||144 calories, 13.2 g carbs|
|Lager||14||1.1 g||168 calories, 13.2 g carbs|
|Ale||18||1.1 g||216 calories, 13.2 g carbs|
If you’re on a quest to lose the pounds, stay away from liqueurs. Alternatively, if you decide that you’re comfortable with who you are and what your size is, and that you just can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet taste, feel free to indulge in some liqueur. Liqueurs can be served on its own, with ice, with coffee, mixed with cream, or other mixers. Don’t forget that adding mixers will increase the calorie and fat content of your drink. If your cocktail includes whipped cream and double shots of chocolate liqueur, you can be assured that it will incredibly delicious, but also chock full of calories. Whether served alone or in a cocktail, one liqueur serving is about 1.5 ounces.
|Liqueur||Calories/Ounce||Carbs/Ounce||Per 1.5-oz Serving
|Chocolate Liqueur||103||11 g||155 calories, 17 g carbs
|Mint Liqueur||103||11 g||155 calories, 17 g carbs
|Peppermint Liqueur||103||11 g||155 calories, 17 g carbs
|Strawberry Liqueur||103||11 g||155 calories, 17 g carbs