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BEST ALCOHOL TO DRINK WHEN YOU ARE ON A DIET

BEST ALCOHOL TO DRINK WHEN YOU ARE ON A DIET

Extra padding to shed? The empty calories of alcohol are always the first on any diet hit-list. 

All good on a Monday, but what about when the pub calls on Friday evening? Hard to say no.

Calorie counts in alcoholic drinks vary wildly. The good news? You can have some alcohol without totally destroying your diet targets.

GO CLEAR

The lowest calorie alcoholic drinks are the transparent ones. Vodka and gin have very few calories, although drinking spirits in quantity is not going to end well. A standard (that’s standard, not soup bowl on a stem) glass of white wine also comes in at around 160 calories. Just make it last and slow down the top-ups.

MIX IT UP

A fruity syrupy cocktail with fat cola? A creamy Pina Colada to bring that holiday taste? Tasty, sure. But enough calories to make your diet run screaming for the hills. Make friends with the bar staff and ask them to go easy on the syrups, or swap them for a tiny amount of sugar.

Try a lemon and lime Margarita (tequila, splash of fresh juice, flavoured water) or a Cosmopolitan (vodka, lime and cranberry juice) for colour with fewer calories.  Or switch to a mint julep with lots of mint and a small crusting of sugar.

GET THE RIGHT FIZZY

Tonic water can be surprisingly high in calories. Lengthen your drink with calorie-free sparkling water instead. Go retro with a slim-line tonic which has a negligible calorie count. Adding thirst-quenching mixers also stops the dehydration. That reduces the odds of post-pub munchies, and will ease the ‘never again’ feeling the next day.

Dry January may be long gone, but use some of its lessons to keep a lid on the alcohol.

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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