Summertime is almost here, and that means that millions of Americans have started work on their beach bodies. While creating a lean physique or living a healthier lifestyle is never easy, for some of us it can be made more difficult when we take stock of how many calories are in our favorite alcoholic beverages. However, you can still shed pounds and enjoy a cold drink with these tips.
1. Switch to a light beer. In the United States, seven of the top 10 beers are light beers. In comparison, a regular 12 fluid ounce beer has about 150 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates, while a light beer of the same size has about 110 calories and five grams of carbs. This change alone can lead to a significant change in your weight-gain when it comes to alcohol. While the difference between regular soda and diet soda is the type of sugar/sugar substitute, light and regular beers are simply brewed differently, meaning that you are not replacing one harmful ingredient for another.
2. Choose ingredients wisely. When you’re creating mixed drinks and cocktails at home, choose your ingredients wisely. Replace sugar with a healthy substitute like stevia or Truvia, use fresh fruits and choose healthier mixers and chasers. Trade in the Coke for a club soda, and avoid using store-bought drink mixes.
3. Everything in moderation. As with everything in your diet, moderation is key. It’s true when they say that going cold turkey on anything from soda and sweets to your favorite drink just makes you crave it more. Instead, cut down on the number of drinks you consume throughout the week so you can really enjoy your favorite beverage at the end of the day.