It’s truly a shame alcohol has calories because it is often an integral part of happy hour, sporting events, birthdays, holidays, concerts, and other special events. Sure, cutting it out will save calories and help you lose weight, but that sounds boring and super lame. I’m not saying there is some magical pill that will allow you to drink as much as you like and still lose weight, but by following the tips below you can make room for your booze and enjoy it too!
1. Choose the lower calorie options. Whether you prefer beer, wine, or hard alcohol there are ways to keep the calories down.
Beer Drinkers: choose light or session beers. Corona light is my go to beer choice, especially in the summer time. It has ~100 calories per 12oz bottle and has more flavor than a bud or miller light, but the calories are just as low. Add a lime for even more flavor and I am a happy girl. My husband on the other hand, simply ain’t having it. He likes his hops, IPA’s, pale ales, and all those other higher alcohol percentage beers that can pack in over 200 calories per 12oz bottle. Luckily for him and other beer connoisseurs, the prevalence of session beers is on the rise. Not only do session beers have more flavor to satisfy a more sophisticated palate, but they were crafted so you could have a “drinking session” without getting too drunk. Check out this beer list for some good picks.
Wine Lovers: choose wines that are less than 14%- it should be on the bottle. Typically champagne and sparkling wines will be the lowest. It doesn’t have to be NYE to pop the champs!
Hard liquor: opt for low calorie mixers and simple cocktails. Vodka with club soda, a bloody mary, or whiskey with diet soda are all good options. If you really want a margarita, mojito, or some other sugary cocktail, have one and then try to switch to something less calorie dense.
2. Learn to give and take. If you aren’t willing to give up alcohol entirely that is fine, but you will need to make some compromises elsewhere. For example, if you know you are getting drinks after work, skip the afternoon cookie and make a healthy selection at dinner. Don’t let a few beers or bottle of wine be an excuse to make bad food choices. Instead of doing drinks AND dessert, pick one or the other.
3. Moderation, moderation, moderation! Not only will this save you from possibly embarrassing yourself from getting too drunk, but it will also keep you from having a hangover. Before going out, decide how many drinks you are going to have and stick to it.
4. Find some social activities that don’t involve alcohol! Instead of meeting the girls for Happy Hour, take a yoga class together. Instead of doing brunch, go for a morning hike or walk. You will still get to spend time together and get in some exercise!
Be well my friends and drink responsibly,