Fancy an alcoholic beverage after working hard on your weight loss goals? Surely one refreshing cocktail isn’t going to sabotage your efforts, is it?
Well, it depends on what you are consuming.
The good news is, there are ways manage your drink consumption so you don’t hinder your weight loss plans.
10 alcoholic drinks to avoid on a night out
Alcopops such as Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Breezers contain a lot of added sugars and can contain as much as 250 calories.
Mojitos may be refreshing on a hot day, but this syrupy drink has a whopping 242 calories.
3. Long Island Iced Tea
According to MuscleFood.com, a Long Island Iced Tea contains a huge 424 calories.
Instead opt for a Cosmopolitan which is only 100 calories.
4. White wine
A glass of 175ml white wine can contain around 160 calories.
Whereas Champagne is a slightly healthier option with a 120ml serving having only 90 calories.
Anything creamy like a Baileys Irish cream should be avoided if you’re on a health kick.
A 50ml glass contains 175 calories!
Often made from sugar-saturated Margarita mix, tequila or Triple Sec and poured into a salt-rimmed glass, Margaritas can contain as much as 280 calories per glass!
Some ciders could contain as much as 210 calories, especially if they are sweet tasting.
They call it a beer belly for a reason! A pint of beer can have as many as 208 calories per schooner and leave you feeling bloated.
9. Pina Colada
Sweet and full of coconut cream and pineapple juice – this cocktail can have more calories than a Big Mac! Pina Coladas contain 245 calories.
10. White Russian
A creamy cocktail which also contains vodka and coffee liqueur. White Russians are calorific and can pack up to 500 calories per drink!
If you want some healthier alcoholic alternatives, then try:
Champagne – 90 calories
Vodka soda – 95 calories
Light beer – 96 calories
Rum and coke – 100 calories
Whiskey – 105 calories
Gin and Tonic – 115 calories
Light red wine – 123 calories
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