Summer is a time for sunshine, outdoor grilling, and of course, imbibing more than you probably should. Most people realize that alcohol has a lot of negative consequences for their diets, from the extra calories to the hangovers, but it’s worth reiterating. Because when it comes to alcohol, these things are easy to forget.
If you are going to drink (responsibly), here are some drinks to enjoy that won’t completely kill your diet.
Piña coladas are not your friend.
We live for our happy hour dates but by doing so, are we derailing our diet? When it comes to watching calories and weight control, alcohol can actually be a major foe, no matter how badly we need that cocktail.
“When it comes to weight loss, the number one factor affecting the waist line is how many calories we consume. Weight gain happens when we consume more calories than we burn, whereas weight loss happens when we burn off more calories than we use,” says Rene Ficek, a registered dietitian and lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
Alcoholic beverages can be very high in calories and easily lead to weight gain. It’s perfectly fine to have a cocktail or two, but if you aren’t careful, it can easily add hundreds of calories to your daily intake.
…this cocktail can have up to 700 calories per 8 oz. serving, says Miller.
Obviously, if weight loss is your goal, then drinking any form of alcohol will postpone your results. Why?
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