Can you still drink a beer and lose weight? The answer is a little iffy. While alcohol adds extra calories and isn’t recommended for weight loss, you can squeeze the occasional drink into your diet plan. Make smart choices and stick to one or two beverages.
Here are 8 of the Best and Worst Beverages to Drink While Dieting:
1. Best: Mimosa
At only 80 calories for a 4-ounce glass, this is a winner! Not to mention we get a little vitamin c to go along with it! Want to skip the OJ? That works too. Champagne has only 90 calories for 4 ounces.
2. Worst: Long Island Iced Tea
Mixing vodka, gin, rum and tequila with sweet and sour and a dash of coke not only means a high-calorie content, it also means a stronger drink that can derail a diet quickly. Opt instead for rum and diet soda for 105 calories.
3. Best: Gin & Tonic
Mix this 100 calorie shot with a low-calorie mixer and add a twist of lime for a refreshing classic that has just 135 calories. Want to save more calories? Mix with club soda!
4. Worst: White Russian
Made with heavy cream, vodka, and Kahlua, this drink packs on the calories with a whopping 500 for a 5-ounce drink. To lighten up, choose a shot of Kahlua in a cup of coffee with a splash of skim milk for 100 calories.
5. Best: Wine
You can’t beat a glass of red or white for 100 – 120 calories for a 5-ounce glass. The problem comes in with at-home pouring where the glasses tend to be a little more generous. If you do want a second glass, make the 5-ounces fo father by adding club soda and have a wine spritzer.
6. Worst: Margarita
We know. This makes us sad too. Nothing goes with a taco better than a margarita. Unfortunately, at 450 calories for a small 8-ounce drink, it made the “worst” list. If you can’t do without, look for the skinny version that is closer to 200 calories.
7. Best: Vodka Martini
This classic beauty made only with 1.5 ounces of vodka and 1/3 ounce of vermouth is just 120 calories. Add a little olive juice for just 5 more calories, but watch the flavored martinis such as chocolate or sour apple that have high-calorie flavorings.
8. Worst: Fruity Island Drinks
You know the ones. The strawberry daiquiris, pina coladas, and all other fruity, slushy drinks that sound halfway healthy because of the fruit, but aren’t because of the 300 calories in a 5-ounce drink. Yeah, those. Steer clear! Also, they never come in a 5-ounce glass, so they really are more like 800 calories each!