Alcohol is a part of almost every social situation. Birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and weddings are all events where alcohol is a central focus. Unfortunately, in terms of weight loss alcohol is bad news coming in at 7 calories per gram. Today I am going to help you minimise the impact that alcoholic beverages have on your waistline by discussing 4 high calorie alcoholic drinks that you should avoid.
1) BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM:- Bailey’s Irish Cream is a popular evening drink. The smooth, creamy taste means that it goes down great as a night cap. However, if you enjoy too many glasses of Bailey’s Irish Cream you may find yourself piling on the pounds. A standard 50 millilitre (ml) glass contains 162 calories whilst a large 100ml glass contains 324 calories making this a very high calorie alcoholic drink. So by all means enjoy Bailey’s Irish Cream from time to time but make sure that it is not the only thing you drink.
2) JACK DANIELS AND COKE:- Straight Jack Daniels is one of the lightest alcoholic drinks available with a single 25ml shot containing just 55 calories. However, adding coke also adds 131 calories making a single Jack Daniels and Coke come in at a notable 186 calories. To convert this high calorie alcoholic drink into a low calorie option try adding a lighter mixer such as diet coke or enjoy your Jack Daniels on the rocks.
3) STELLA ARTOIS:- Premium lagers such as Stella Artois have become increasingly popular in recent years. Unfortunately, drinking Stella Artois is not good news for your waistline. A pint contains 262 calories which means just a few pints can add some serious calories to your daily intake. If you enjoy your Stella Artois then try switching to a premium light beer every other pint. Premium light beers contain similar levels of alcohol but less calories making them a good choice when moderating your daily calorie consumption.
4) WKD:- Alcopops such as WKD are another high calorie alcoholic drink. The vodka in this drink is combined with high levels of added sugar which means that a standard 275ml bottle comes in at a significant 220 calories. To cut the calories try flavoured vodka or standard vodka with a diet mixer. Both of these options taste similar to WKD but contain minimal sugar which cuts out a large amount of calories.
For most people alcohol is something that is enjoyed quite regularly. If consumed in moderation, alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Just be aware that certain drinks contain a much larger amount of calories than others. By minimising your consumption of the high calorie alcoholic drinks in this article and sticking to lighter alcoholic drinks most of the time you can enjoy your alcohol and avoid weight gain.