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.
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.
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.
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.
A classic Margarita can't be beaten, in my opinion. No need for lemon, just lime is enough zing if the the glass rim is salted too.
apparently tonic water is no longer just quinine (against malaria) but also tends to be heavily sweetened - hence the calories. I suppose the slimline stuff will just have artificial sweeteners instead of sugar.
I've always thought tonic water was very low in calories so that's a surprise to me. What actually is it? What's the difference between it and sparkling water?