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Alcohol and your weight loss diet
We all know that alcohol is not good for anyone following a weight-loss diet - alcohol is full of empty calories. If you are drinking most days it's also not doing a lot for your health.
A woman drinking 2 large (250ml) glasses of wine or more most days, or for a man - 2 pints of strong lager or more, could be risking their health. That's around 380 kcals for the wine and anything from 360kcal to 700kcal for premier lager, and think how much quicker you could achieve your diet goal if you dropped those empty calories!
Calorie counter for low calorie and low alcoholic drinks
Find low calorie and non alcoholic drinks to help you lose weight and reduce your alcoholThere are lots of different drink choices these days, and nobody needs feel hard done by if they need to choose an alternative to alcoholic drinks, as there are some delicious options to booze.
Let's start with water - O.K it doesn't have a huge appeal as a drink generally, but chill water right down, pour into a tall glass with lots of ice and a slice of lemon, or lime, and it's a refreshing drink. It really is the best thing for quenching a thirst and if you drink the recommended amount per day of 1 1/2 to 2 litres you'll notice a sparkle in your eye and your skin plumping up. Water is also good for concentration - dehydration fuddles your brain and water is calorie free! Try drinking sparkling water, as it feels more like a proper drink when you are out and trying to cut down on alcohol.
Low Calorie Cocktails
When you are drinking cocktails the mixer can make a big difference
to the calories. If you choose a Diet Tonic or Soda and add just a
splash of fresh juice it will cut the calories down. For example,
you can save around 100 calories in a gin / vodka and tonic if you
choose diet tonic and it still tastes pretty good! A rum and coke
can easily be reduced in calories by opting for diet coke, you can
drop even more calories if you choose tomato juice - a la Bloody Mary.
Try our tasty recipes for low calorie cocktails:
Use tall champagne flutes and put about 50ml of the dryest champagne you can find, and top up with around 100ml of freshly squeezed orange juice - it's enough booze to give the drink a kick and full of vitamins too!
Emma's Diet Tip
If you're out for the night alternate a glass of water or a soft drink with alcoholic drinks...you'll thank me in the morning!
Work out the Calories in Drinks
Find out how fattening your favourite tipple is.
Use our simple chart as a guide to find out how many calories
there are in drinks.
half pint = (284ml)
Alcohol calories by ounces
100ml = approx. 3.4 ounces
Alcohol and Health
The UK official recommendations are a maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week for women and 21 alcohol units a week for men.
It's important that you have a couple of alcohol-free days a week to allow your liver a rest, and most medical authorities agree that drying out completely now and again for a couple of weeks to a couple of months will help your long-term health.
Keep an eye on your drinking with our chart and find out how many calories in a pint or glass of your favourite drink.
Save 450 calories a day without suffering!
Find out how a simple change to your lifestyle can save you 450 calories a day without eating or drinking less.
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