What Alcohol to Drink on a Diet

What Alcohol to Drink on a Diet

What’s the best alcohol to drink on a diet? Well, first thing’s first, weight loss is a numbers game. And what I mean is that it’s all about the calories. So first, it’s important to understand how many calories are in your alcoholic beverages of choice. According to the CDC, the average adult consumes about 100 calories worth of alcohol every day. So clearly choosing the right alcoholic drink can save you LOTS of calories over the course of the year.

Let’s take a look at some of alcoholic drinks with the highest and lowest amount of calories.

Alcoholic drinks calories

Drink Type Size Calories
Beer Michelob Ultra 12 oz. 95
Beer Miller Lite 12 oz. 96
Tequila Don Julie Blanco 1.5 oz. 96
Canadian Whiskey Crown Royal Reserve 1.5 oz. 96
Vodka Ketel One 1.5 oz. 96
Scotch Whiskey Glenfiddich 1.5 oz. 98
Irish Whiskey Jameson 1.5 oz. 104
Vodka and Soda Grey Goose 1.5 oz. vodka and 8 oz. club soda 104
Gin Bombay Sapphire 1.5 oz. 114
Bourbon Knob Creek 1.5 oz. 120
Beer Budweiser 12 oz. 145
Red Wine (Pinot Noir) Beaulieu Vineyard 5 oz. 151
Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon) Beaulieu Vineyard 5 oz. 152
White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc) Beaulieu Vineyard 5 oz. 143
White Wine (Chardonnay) Sterling Vineyards 5 oz. 156
Beer Blue Moon 12 oz. 164
Jack and Diet 3 oz. Jack Daniels/9 oz. Diet Coke 12 oz. 195
Beer Dogfish Head IPA 12 oz. 209
Rum & Coke 3 oz. Captain Morgan/9 oz. Coke 12 oz. 285
Bloody Mary 3 oz. Vodka/9 oz. Bloody Mary Mix 12 oz. 239
Vodka & Red Bull 4 oz. Vodka/8 oz. Red Bull 12 oz. 366
Pina Colada 1.5 oz. coconut cream/3 oz. Bacardi rum/1.5 oz. pineapple juice 12 oz. 366
Margarita 9 oz. Margarita Mix/3 oz. Tequila 12 oz. 417
Long Island Iced Tea 1 oz. Vodka/1 oz. Tequila/1 oz. Rum/1 oz. Gin/1.5 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix/1 oz. Coke 6.5 oz. 529

Source: Get Drunk Not Fat

So Long Island Iced Tea wins the title of Worst Alcoholic Drink When You’re on a Diet.
But there’s something else you need to keep in mind here: just because one drink is lower in calories doesn’t mean it’s better for you. All calories are not created equal, despite what you may have heard. This is why the type of alcohol you drink on a diet can have a big impact on your weight loss goals. Specifically, I’m talking about alcoholic drinks that are high in sugar. Why does this matter? Because sugar is linked to higher rates of weight gain, obesity, heart disease, etc. It’s bad stuff. And the average person eats 22 teaspoons of the stuff every day.
So my advice when it comes to alcohol is pretty simple, folks:
1. Enjoy alcohol in moderation.
2. Stay away from the sugary alcoholic beverages.
3. Stick with beer, wine, or straight liquors with no mixers.
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