When people diet, are they thinking carefully about what they drink? Drinking and eating are closely related. If you are eating the right foods but drink the wrong drinks, you will reduce your chances of losing weight.
When dieting, don't drink to much alcohol or sodas that are high in sugar. They contain plenty of calories and also make you feel hungry. So moderation is the order of the day. Not all alcoholic drinks contain the same ingredients and have different affects on a diet. Pure spirits are one of the best types of drinks to consume while on a diet because they contain approx 100 calories and very little in way of carbohydrates. Examples would be shots of vodka, rum, Bacardi, or gin – with no mixer added. If mixing these drinks when on a diet, make sure you use diet tonic and diet colas, etc.
Wine is ok in moderation and many people like a glass with their meal. A typical glass of red or white is both low in carbohydrates and calories. Don't go for sweet wines though; stay with dry, as they are not so fattening. Beer is full of calories and really, when dieting, drink in moderation. I know it's hard.
Here is a calorie count chart on some common drinks:
|Beer (Light)||12 ounces||103|
|Beer (Regular)||12 ounces||153|
|Diet Soda||1 cup||0|
|Ginger Ale||12 ounces||124|
|Gin (100 proof)||1 jigger||82|
|Lemon-Lime Soda||12 ounces||148|
|Orange Juice||1 cup||105|
|Rum (100 proof)||1 jigger||82|
|Tonic Water||12 ounces||124|
|Vodka (100 proof)||1 jigger||82|
|Whiskey (100 proof)||1 jigger||82|
|Wine (Red Table Wine)||5 ounces||125|
Remember that a healthy lifestyle is exactly that; a lifestyle! Maybe consider taking a look at the big picture with your long-term weight loss and health goals in mind. You may find more aspects of your lifestyle that need to be altered. Not just your diet.
Another way to avoid high calorie drinks is to just avoid drinking all together. Yeah right!