A glass of wine has as many calories as a doughnut. Four pints of beer on game night is equivalent to two-and-a-half burgers. A Pina Colada equals up to two puff pastry sausage rolls. Two glasses of champagne are the calorific equivalent of a large slice of chocolate cake.  A bottle of alcopop – such as a Breezer – sets you back the same as a slice of pidiet alcohol zza.

Going drinking with the BFFs or best buds, be it on weeknights or weekends, can play havoc with your diet and weight loss plans. Even the most health-conscious of us often end up discounting alcoholic beverages when calculating our caloric intake. The empty calories bring along lots more as alcohol is a potent appetite stimulant. Both men and women tend to eat more if they are served food with the accompaniment of alcohol.

Alcohol may be among the foods to avoid when on a diet but it’s not possible to give it up entirely. How can you enjoy your drink without compromising your diet?

  1. Make the right choice apple martini drink

    Drink wine and light beer as they have the lowest calorie counts. If you are a cocktail lover, keep them simple. Avoid the chocolate martini (438 calories); go for the sour apple martini (148 calories).

  2. Opt for light mixers 

    Mix your drink with water if you can or else opt for low-calorie mixers such as diet soda, diluted orange juice, unsweetened lemonade or lemon juice. Cocktails can be very potent – 6 oz of Pina Colada has a whopping 378 calories.

  3. Bring on the iceAlcohol with ice

     Drinking on the rocks may not seem like the best idea in the world but it makes sense from a calorific perspective. Dilute your drink by continuously adding more ice or sparkling water. Adding some sparkling water to wine makes for a great low-calorie spritzer.

  4. Try one minus one 

    Make it a point to alternate your drinks. Following up every alcoholic beverage with a non-alcoholic one, even if it is water, will ensure that you stay hydrated and – most important – consume fewer calories.

  5. Set a limit

     Stick to guidelines and ensure that you don’t overdo your drinks. Women should not drink more than one standard drink per day and men no more than two. Both should make it a point to have at least two alcohol-free days per week.

Try these low-cal alcoholic drinks for your Friday night party-on-a-diet.Variety drinks

  • Vodka & soda (30 ml): 64 calories
  • Champagne, 1 glass: 84 calories
  • Sparkling wine, 150 ml: 100 calories
  • Martini, 1 serve: 140 calories
  • Daiquiri, 1 serve: 164 calories
  • Gin & tonic (30 ml): 200 calories
  • Cosmopolitan, 1 serve: 200 calories

Sticking to a limit will ensure that your drinking doesn’t drown your diet plan. Cheers!

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Written by Alpa Momaya

Alpa Momaya

You are what you eat, believes Alpa Momaya. So with the right diet, anyone can achieve optimal mental, physical and spiritual health.

Alpa has first-hand knowledge of this – she battled various issues with her own health and weight, but by incorporating good eating habits and regular exercise, she has reclaimed her fitness levels today. She offers the advice she took to HealthifyMe users — make the right lifestyle choices daily, sticking to a nutritious diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep. Don’t think of it as having to solve a problem, instead see it as a way to achieve long and happy life.

After a PG diploma in dietetics from Mumbai University, Alpa did a diploma in holistic nutrition in Canada and is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner today. Along with having worked in various weight-loss clinics and as a consultant for a natural pharmacy, she’s helped her family control ailments like diabetes and hypertension, and hopes to help her HealthifyMe clients do the same. “I can proudly say my daughter happily eats any vegetable or fruit without ever making a face,” Alpa claims, and she is determined that those who consult her will go back similarly impressed.

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