People often think that dieting means staying away from all the best things in life. I often get questions as to how I maintain a balanced and healthy diet and lifestyle whilst still having the odd tipple so here are my tips on incorporating alcohol into a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to consuming calories we can often forget about those calories consumed through drinks. Alcohol in general is high in both calories and carbohydrates; they can also be mixed with a wide variety of other ingredients, which in turn adds more calories, carbs and sometimes even fats. Too many liquid calories can make a drastic impact on weight gain as a lot of the time it is these calories we tend to overlook when planning a diet.
As party season is almost upon us its key that we learn to drink wisely and enjoy ourselves without piling on the pounds. It is important to remember that with all diets moderation is the key and my simple tips should help you to relax more around alcohol meaning you have more time to make the most of the festive period.
My first and probably most important tip is to be knowledgeable about what you are consuming in regards to alcohol. Stick to the guidelines, set by the Australian government as it is recommended that we should drink no more than 1 standard drink a day. But just be mindful of this when settling down to a large glass of red with your evening meal. One standard serving is not the same as one standard drink. Pay close attention to the amount of actual alcohol that is in any drink, this information can usually be found of the bottle somewhere. An average serving of alcohol is around 10 grams and some glasses may hold up to three times the recommended amount of alcohol depending on the type of drink.
Another way of minimizing calorie consumption through alcohol is to choose carefully when it comes to your preferred poison. This is something I think many people struggle with, if in doubt it’s always best to do your research before making your decision. I find that if I buy alcohol online it’s a much simpler way of getting access to most of the information I need to make my decision. It also means that you are not going to get sucked into any promotional offers often seen in supermarkets and other retail environments. Below is a short list of low calorie alcohol options;
* Light Beer – Seems obvious I know but an average serving of reduced alcohol or calories beer can contain as little as 100 calories.
* Red or White Wine – The calorie content of wine can be anywhere between 75 to 105 per serving. Drier wines usually contain less calories than sweeter wines and as previously mentioned be mindful of the serving size.
* Champagne – coming in at around 84 calories per glass champagne can be a relatively guilt free treat from time to time.
* Spirits – vodka, gin, rum, whisky, brandy, tequila etc., a typical measure will contain around 65 calories. If spirits are your preferred choice try to enjoy alone over ice or mix with low calorie mixers such as tonic or soda water.
By sticking to these lower calorie options there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a drink whilst maintaining your weight and diet.
My last tip to making the right drinking decisions would have to be to make sure you plan ahead. If you know that you’re going to be drinking why not offer to be the designated driver, this way you know you can’t over indulge. Its also a good idea to prepare a healthy meal or snack for when you return home, this reduces the risk of getting a takeaway or eating junk food when the hunger strikes!