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So, you finally did it. You’ve changed your diet for the better and boosted up your workout time. But no matter how hard you try, it seems that you just can’t get the weight loss results that you want.
So is that cocktail that you like to have after a long day affecting your weight loss goals?
It is suggested, by many nutritionists and medical experts, that alcoholic beverages be avoided when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
However, if drinking alcohol is part of your lifestyle, then you may want to make some adjustments.
There are a few key components to consider when it comes to healthy weight and alcohol.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the average U.S. standard drinks contain the following.
Why You May Not Be Losing Weight
Calories vary quite a bit when it comes to alcoholic beverages.
Although it has become popular to drink lower calorie versions of alcoholic drinks, it isn’t often promoted or encouraged when drinking socially.
Mixed drinks such as Pina Colada’s and White Russians still remain to be the most popular drinks among many restaurants and bars.
And if you happen to visit during happy hour, you may notice that these drinks are usually part of the special or offered in a super-sized glass.
So, many times, you aren’t getting the standard serving size when you order.
The calories in these drinks can range anywhere from 300 to 750 depending on the serving size.
Most of the calories come primarily from the mixers that are added to the alcohol.
Therefore, you may want to steer away from these types of mixed drinks if you are trying to lose weight.
Can I Drink Alcohol and Still Lose Weight?
Well, according to Dr. Linne’ Linder, author of The Forever Fat Burner, you can still lose weight and drink alcohol. But there are some key factors to consider in order to attain your weight loss goals.
Dr. Linder states that avoiding alcohol is encouraged for weight loss, however, you can still reach success when drinking is done in moderation.
She further explains that your success is based on the time in which you drink, the type of alcohol that you drink, and the amount consumed.
- Avoid drinking while eating
- Drink no more than 1-2 drinks per day
- Drink no more than 2 consecutive days per week
- Choose low calorie/low sugar drinks
With this knowledge it can be concluded that the best low-calorie drinks are going to be the following:
Wines – Dry wines such as Cabernet, Merlot or Pinot Noir are best with usually let than 4 carbs per glass. White wines such as chardonnay or sauvignon are also fine.
Spirit Drinks – You will remain zero calorie if you choose to drink gin, vodka, tequila or rum straight with no mixers. However, you can remain low calorie if you choose to add diet soda, diet juice or seltzer water.
The American Heart Association suggests that men should have no more than one to two drinks of alcohol per day and one drink of alcohol per day for women.
They further mention that drinking more than the recommended amounts can lead to other health concerns such as alcoholism, obesity, liver disease and stroke.
It is wise to be aware of the alcohol content in your drink of choice and most importantly, not to over indulge.
While the AHA has given the “OK” on drinking, we need to evaluate how drinking alcohol can affect our weight loss goals. Remember, if you drink in moderation or on occasion you can remain successful.