Top 5 low calorie drinks
By Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer
Calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’ which means they have no nutritional value at all. Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should be taking place (including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted. With that being said if you are going to drink here is the best route to go as far as reducing calories. This is our CF4L top 5 low calorie alcohol choices.
1. Mocktail- If you are trying to watch your calorie intake and want to still drink then after you have a “real drink” have a nonalcoholic, preferably zero-calorie beverage (like sparkling water with a lime) that looks like the real thing. This strategy reduces the risk of over-consuming calories and alcohol.
2. Light Beer- Beer can range from 64-198 calories per 12 ounces. Light beers are a better choice because “they contain the same amount of alcohol as regular beers but fewer carbohydrates.
3. Wine in small glasses- Most glasses of wine contain 125-150 calories, but that can double depending on the size of the glass size and how full it is. At cocktail or dinner parties, glasses are often refilled before empty, making it especially hard for dieters to track their alcohol and calorie consumption.
4. Voda & Soda Water- Vodka and soda water comes out as the lowest calorie option, it has less than 100 calories per serving. Add fresh lime or lemon juice for a low-calorie flavor hit. Your standard vodka and soda mixed beverage typically comes in at over 200
5. Tequila- A shot of tequila is only 65 calories, so try a tequila-based cocktail for a lower cal option. Stick to fruity variations and steer well clear of sugar.
Low Calorie mixers that won’t pack on the pounds include:
· Diet soda or diet tonic: 0 calories
· Orange juice (6 oz): 84 calories
· Cranberry juice cocktail (8 oz): 136 calories
· Light orange juice (8 oz): 50 calories
· Light cranberry juice (8 oz): 40 calories
· Light lemonade (8 oz): 5 calories
Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer” is a CPT, motivational speaker, author of How Are You Fat and Saved?! He is also the Co-creator of the exercise series “You Would Think I Invented Sweat” for booking information or more fitness tips visit http://www.chicagofit4life.com