Stick to wines, straight liquor or straight liquor with club soda and/or natural lemon/lime juices.
Red wines are my preference and the drier the better.Â Red wine is known to have some health benefits such as providing antioxidants that helpÂ reduce the risk of heart disease and
resveratrol that helps with prevention of blood clots and damage to blood vessels. Â One recent study from Oregon State University even found that wine may help with burning fat cells because of chemicals found in muscadine grapes used for some red wines. Â One of the main benefits I also see with drinking wine is that it isn’t mixed with anything else so it’s easier to know exactly how many calories it contains.Â So, for example, if you’re drinking a glass of red wine you can expect to intake anywhere from 100-150 calories per 6 ounce glass.Â This brings me to my next one.
Straight liquor or shotsÂ areÂ another drink where it is easier to know how many calories you are taking in.Â A shot of vodkaÂ typically contains around 100 calories.Â Yes, they are empty calories but at least you know you aren’t taking in a huge amount of them.
Straight liquor with lemon juice, lime juice, and/or club soda/carbonated water may work better for you ifÂ having straight vodka on the rocks or as a shot isn’t your thing.Â You can mix it up some by adding a little flavor with lemon or lime juice.Â I think fresh fruit
juice is best but the bottled, unsweetened ones work well, too, without adding all the calories.Â You can also add a little fizz with some carbonated water such as Perrier.Â Add a little ice and garnish and you have yourself a nice little cocktail without all the calories and sugar that comes with many mixed drinks.
Follow up with plenty of water
For me, this seems to help me flush out the alcohol faster because, of course, an increase in water intake increases urination.
Drink in moderation
Just because you know that glass of wine you’re drinking only contains 100 calories doesn’t mean you should have 4-5 of them.Â Increasing your intake of alcohol has a number of risks such as getting alcohol poisoning and affecting the liver.Â Also, you don’t want to risk getting drunk, which can impair your ability to function normally or operate a vehicle, which can put you in danger of having an accident or injuring others.
So yes, even as a fitness freak you can still enjoy an “adult beverage” every now and then.Â Knowing how to balance it out and not letting those empty calories offset your diet too much is key.Â And, as always, drink responsibly.Â Happy drinking!