What’s the most common advice you hear concerning alcohol and weight loss? If you’re like most people, it’s probably “Just don’t drink!”.
Since we both know that isn’t going to happen, what’s the best alternative to the 900 calories an average 6 pack contains (that’s true, by the way)? Let’s put on our mad scientist goggles and find out what we can mix up!
Before we continue, it’s going to be helpful to remember one thing: Alcohol itself contains calories. Alcohol is, in fact, its own category of calories. Calories can come from fats, proteins, carbs, or from alcohols. Even if you had a bottle of completely pure alcohol, it would still be quite calorically dense.
The very best we can do, then, is focus on making cocktails that don’t add any extra calories besides what’s in the alcohol itself. In that case, there’s only one place to turn: Vodka.
From a liquor standpoint, vodka is the answer to this question (and that’s what will become my most famous quote – “vodka is the answer”). Standard vodka is 40% pure alcohol and 60% water. It contains no calories aside from the alcohol itself. Some other liquors may end up equaling it, but it’s impossible to beat.
So, in order to make our ultimate low calorie cocktail, we will make sure it’s vodka based. Also, let’s try to avoid adding any calories via mixers. From a calorie perspective, this will be the single best option next to not drinking at all.
Here’s a refreshing cocktail to start off with:
Low-Cal Sparkling Vodka Cranberry Recipe
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce diet cranberry juice
1/2 ounce seltzer water
1/2 ounce lime juice
Place in a cocktail shaker with ice and mix. Pour into a glass and use a lime slice to garnish.
Delicious and refreshing, this drink contains a standard amount of alcohol for a mixed drink, and the only calories come from the vodka itself. The damage? 96 calories.
Vanilla Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
This one is amazing, and is pretty self explanatory (no recipe needed since it’s just a well drink). Vanilla vodka with diet ginger ale keeps the same 96 calorie total (assuming the same 1.5 ounces of vodka is used), and tastes oddly like a slice of cake.
Okay, okay – beer isn’t going to come anywhere close to packing the biggest alcohol-for-your-calories punch, but I know somewhere out there is a beer lover that’s close to pulling their hair out over my comment that a typical 6 pack contains 900 calories.
Say you want to have a beer here and there, yet minimize the beer belly as much as possible. There are a couple of options for you to consider.
The first would be Miller 64 (previously known as MGD 64). It’s far from the best flavor in the world, and at 2.8% alcohol by volume, it’s doesn’t exactly pack a punch. But, as the name suggests, it’s only 64 calories – making it one of the few beer options that’s really low in calories.
The second choice is their biggest competitor – Bud Select 55. Again, as the name suggests, it’s only 55 calories – achieved by having an even lower amount of alcohol, at 2.4% ABV.
And that’s about all there is to cover on this subject. Remember, your options may somewhat suck – but it definitely beats gaining weight. Cheers!