Post # 1
So I know that when you are trying to lose weight, one of the main things they tell you to eliminate is booze. I totally get that. However, we all know that life gets in the way, and there will be occasions where you will be having drinks with your friends/want a drink on the weekend or whatever.
I realize that many bees on here that successfully lost weight eliminated alcohol completely. However, are there any bees here that lost weight even while drinking in moderation? If so, what was your drink of choice? I know that a vodka tonic fares better than a 700 calorie margarita, but would like some other suggestions. I ask b/c I am trying to keep the booze on the low as it does make me gain weight, but I do know that realistically, I will want a drink or two on the weekend or whatever and am just looking for a cocktail makeover. (I swear I am not a lush, lol.)
I’m not a beer drinker, but I do like wine and vodka. Is there anything there that is considered more like the diet version of booze? Or is it a total oxymoron and I am completely hopeless?
Post # 3
Skinnygirl has a line of cocktails, wines and vodka and I think they are all reasonable in the calorie dept.
Post # 4
You can definitely make diet cocktails, but the calorie count in the actual liquor will stay the same. I like “Skinny Margaritas” instead of regular ones. Rum and Diet Coke is a standby. Flavored vodka (raspberry, watermelon, strawberry, etc) and soda is simple and tasty. There are also those “Skinny Girl” mixers and wines, but I think they taste kinda funny. Better to just mix a rum or vodka with a calorie light or free mixer.
Post # 5
Vodka definitely tends to be more diet friendly. Also, they have this new brand of alcohol called skinny girl liquor and it’s not bad! I have some family members that are diabetic and the nutritionist tells them that if they’re going to drink mixed drinks, stick with clear liquors as those tend to have less sugar and caloric content.
Post # 6
I’m not trying to lose weight bit do lead a healthy lifestyle.
my go to drink is always a gin&tonic with a lime slice. If you’d like to keep the cal. Down even more you could use diet tonic water. However, diet drinks aren’t good either :-/
Post # 7
Wine isn’t that bad if you drink it in moderation (and it has antioxidants, which is a bonus). A 5oz glass has around 100 calories and doesn’t have a lot of residual sugar if you stick to dry reds and some whites. Avoid anything like moscato, white zinfandel, etc.
I like flavored vodka with diet tonic and a splash of lemon and lime juice too.
Post # 8
@mrs_pudding_pop: +1 I totally do this too. If you are a fan of margaritas, there is a ‘lite’ margarita mix out there that has only 5 calls a serving!
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It took me a few months but I got used to Diet Coke and Vodka. It sounds weird and the first drink or two is odd but I got used to it since it’s hardly any calories and you can order it anywhere.
Post # 10
@MrsNewDay: I am in the same boat! I realistially know that social drinking is a part of my routine, and while I have cut out beer and sugary mixed drinks, I can’t avoid booze all together. I have been drinking red wine insetad of beer at social events and dinners. This might sound weird, but I love getting vodka ice waters when Im out having drinks! It is so refreshing, very low calorie, and it keeps you hydrated so no hangover! The first few tasted weird, but now I love them!
Post # 11
@MrsNewDay: I suggest skinny girl too! It is yummy and I have some of their frozen cocktails that only amount to 90 calories a serving! While my arbor mist frzen cocktails are bordering on 300 something calories.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Wine is pretty low calorie, as are the clear-colored liquors. I like to get a white wine spritzer (wine with soda water) or vodka, soda water, and a couple limes. But yeah, booze = carbs and calories :/
Post # 13
@cmbr: Good to know re: wines. Basically the dryer, the better. I always wondered that about Europeans as they drink a lot of wine yet don’t have Americans’ weight issues.
@redheadedstranger: I will remember the clear liquor rule going forward. Vodka tonics were my go-to drink in college.
@mrs_pudding_pop: I’ve actually tried the SkinnyGirl moscato. I was also impressed that they actually keep the normal alcohol count as opposed to reducing it.
Post # 14
@shellybee13: Vodka ice water? Is that strictly vodka and ice? That sounds intense! Totally hear you on social drinking. FI’s friends drink A LOT, so on the rare occasion I hang out with them, it’s good to have something as otherwise… it’s super boring being the only sober one amongst drunk people, lol.
@lolot: I will try your choices! Yes, that’s the whole crappy thing about all this – booze = calories and carbs. Thus it’s really only an every other weekend occurrence. Will help the wallet too!
Post # 15
The easiest way to drink + not have a lot of calories is to just drink straight shots BUT those get old really quick. When I started to cut back on my calories I switched to drinks that I didn’t really LOVE. I went from drinking super sugar citrus infusions to things like rum and diet coke. One, the rum and diet coke option DOES have less calories PLUS I was less likely to drink more because it wasn’t a favorite
Someone suggested wine so this link should help with that: http://www.shape.com/blogs/fit-foodies/best-wines-your-waistline
Post # 16
@MrsNewDay: I know it sounds weird! They put a shot of vodka into a regular sized glass of ice water with lemon or lime. I got the tip from one of my friends who is uber-fit and recently lost 60+ pounds. It felt weird at first, and I don’t order them at dinner or at events. I will get them when I’m out with the girls or my boyfriend and i KNOW i will be having several drinks. It makes it easy to get up and work out after a going out night! I look forward to drinking them now- so refreshing.