Well, it’s February, and it’s finally starting to get chilly in DFW. And although you may not be slingshotting your bikini on anytime soon, now’s the time to make sure it doesn’t make you bleed when the time comes.
These are some tips to reduce the pudge caused by drinking. Now, I can’t be held liable if you continue eating a pizza every day and an HBCB every night, but these will at least offset a little bit of the complacency that results from long sleeves and sweats.
Nix the Brews
Believe me. I fully appreciate the difference between classic Budweiser and Bud Light. Night and day. But you know what? I suck it up. Beer is calorie and carbohydrate-heavy. If you do most of your drinking shortly before bed/pass out-time, thats lots of carbs you won’t be burning off. Do yourself a favor and stick to low-cal beers or make the switch to liquor. It’ll get the job done at the same rate or quicker, and if done right, will save you calories and carbs.
Calories per ounce:
100 proof liquor – 82 cal
90 proof liquor – 73 cal
80 proof liquor – 64 cal
<80 proof liquor – why bother?
*An average shot is 1.5 oz.
Watch the Mixers
Not everything has to be mixed with Coke. In fact, believe it or not, there are tons of mixers out there that also taste awesome with booze. Many of them, even with added calories from whichever alcohol you choose, have fewer calories than light beer. Plus, the less sugar you get from mixers, the smaller the chance that you’ll be dying the next morning.
Piña Colada (6 oz.) – 378 cal
Mojito (8 oz.) – 214 cal
Cosmo (4 oz.) – 200 cal
Margarita (8 oz.) – 280 cal
Appletini (3 oz.) – 148 cal
Martini (2.5 oz.) – 160 cal
Bloody Mary (5 oz.) – 118 cal
Red Wine (5 oz.) – 120 cal
White Wine (5 oz.) – 120 cal
Champagne (5 oz.) – 106-120 cal
Wine Spritzer (5 oz.) – 100 cal
Vodka Tonic (8 oz.) – 200 cal
Screwdriver (8 oz.) – 190 cal
Mimosa (4 oz.) – 75 cal
Gin and Tonic (7 oz. ) – 200 cal
Long Island Iced Tea (8 oz.) – 780 cal
Rum and Coke (8 oz.) – 185 cal
*Keep in mind that these serving sizes are not typical
Speaking of dying the next morning, nothing cures a hangover better than grease, cheese and a good old Coca-Cola. Unfortunately, saving calories the night before can easily be undone with an anti-hangover meal. What’s the point? Try preventing the hangover in the first place. Electrolyte-heavy mixers such as iX Mixer can help with this, or drinks mixed with soda keep you better hydrated than those mixed with sugar.
Again, I don’t want to hear any complaining if you blow up like Oprah this winter. It’s not my fault. Keep an eye on the old blog here for low-cal recipes this winter.
Sources: Livestrong, WebMD
Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you can drive drunk. Call a cab.