What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

I’d say this is the first question on most people’s lips when they eventually decide to take on a diet – what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet?

And rightly so really – a large percentage of the western world rely on a drink or two when the working day ends…it’s tough out there!

But, that lovely warm buzz that alcohol gives you comes with a big downer for those of us trying to lose weight – unfortunately, alcohol leads to calories (and in most cases – lots of them!).

You see, the more you drink, the less weight you are going to drop, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else.

But all is not lost…if like me…you enjoy the sins of alcohol.

There is a very big difference in how diet-dangerous most alcoholic drinks are – this means there are options that could fit in with a diet (but there are also options that are disastrous for a diet).

Let’s take a closer look at your options…

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What About Wine?


My personal favorite…since I’ve turned 40 anyway!

Did you know that even the strictest of low carb diets will stay on track with the odd glass of wine here and there (the mad low carb diets that have a cap of about 20 grams of carbs a day!).

If you take on a more moderate approach to low carb dieting, wine is not going to be a problem at all…as long as you’re not drinking two bottles a night (caught you!) 🙂

But, please keep in mind that this only applies to dry wine options – sweeter wines (and dessert wine in particular) are loaded up sugar and therefore no good for a dieting individual.


Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking


Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – I used to be totally guilty of this, because I was blissfully unaware of how it affected the weight loss process…

So, we fancy a few drinks tonight with the boys…but what about all those extra calories?

Surely this influx of extra calories is going to ruin our diet efforts?

So why don’t we just skip eating tonight and cut our calorie count down this way – now we’ve got room for alcoholic calories right???

Wrong!

Skipping food when you are drinking will more often than not backfire on you completely, leaving your diet in complete tatters.

You see, most alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar to rise and spike in style…and then crash right down again. This mad crash leaves us absolutely ravenous.

So, before you go out with the lads (or the gals!), make sure you load up on long-lasting energy foods like protein shakes, Greek yogurt or a selection of berries.


You Have to Limit The Drinks…I’m afraid!


Yeah this is the part of the article you really didn’t want to read, and I feel gutted just having to write it!

Most people are under the impression that if they stay away from alcohol all week long, they can go wild on a Friday or Saturday night and still stay on track with their diet…which is not the case I’m afraid!

Staying off the juice all week then going wild on the weekend is probably the worst thing you can do for your diet.

When you drink a truckload in a single night you are taking in huge amounts of alcohol calories. Your body then needs to break down these calories to process them before it even gets to the food calories OR the stored fat in your system!

On top of this – don’t forget that these calories will smash your blood sugar levels off course, and this will in turn, mess with your ‘sensible’ mindset.

All of a sudden you will be a ‘Hungry Harry’ who is not thinking straight due to the alcohol – time for a twelve inch pizza right?


The Following Day…


Even if you stick to drinking dry wines all night, you can still completely ruin your diet by folding to the cravings that come your way the following day.

When you drink too much you get a hangover…and that hangover leads to cravings for large amounts of cheesy, greasy fast food.

With a hangover, you are dehydrated, and this can make you feel more hungrier than normal.

The day after drinking, your body needs to replenish it’s energy sources to deal with the hangover feelings. In most cases, this means it is looking for the richest source of energy it can find, which is fat.

Research shows that you can get around this heavy hangover feeling by simply including a few large glasses of water in your nightly exploits. Simply drink a glass of water after every glass of wine you drink.

Last thing at night, when the alcohol consumption is over, drink some more water before bed and try to slip in a snack that is high in fiber and protein.

Oh, and don’t forget to have a wee before you hit the hay (wine and water = waking up in the early hours and running to the toilet!).


What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?


So there you have it guys – it’s not all good news…but it’s not as bad as you thought…right?

What are your views on drinking and dieting? How do you get around this potential calorie booster? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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9 thoughts on “What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

  1. Oh, the drinking years. I remember the crazy diets where we’d drink “skinny cocktails” all night instead of eating. It’s true that nothing like that works, and it always resulted in a 2am binge on donuts or next day with the cheeseburgers. Dieting and drinking are hard to mix, but having a glass of wine makes sense. I don’t love dry wine, but there are some lite and semi-sweet white wines that are great. My favorite is probably Reisling because it’s pretty fruity and nicely sweet, but doesn’t have a ton of sugar.

    1. Ah that’s good to know Sunny – I wasn’t that sure about Reisling but I had heard of it before, you say it’s a low sugar option? Good to know!!! 

      That’s actually a point worth noting for another article up here! 🙂

      Thanks. 

  2. Well Chris,

    You pretty much ruined my life when you said “Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking”…

    Damn it!

    I thought that was my solution!

    Well back to the drawing board.

    I really enjoy your writing style. It’s easy to read and informative too.

    You and the ninja boys do a great job!

    So seriously I guess it’s really about self-control and being on-track to lose weight.

    Thanks for the tips!

    Tim

    1. Ha ha – I know Tim, that’s not what most people want to hear, is it?

      Yep – self-control and being on-track to beat that belly bulge, no other way around it! 🙂

  3. I might be the harshest person when it comes to alcoholic drinks. Anyone who has a peace of wisdom should completely avoid any kind of alcoholic drinks as they are not healthy, dissolve your powers, impoverish your humanity, and it’s just illegal to do stuff after you’re drunk. 

    I highly recommend that anyone who cares and serious about their mental and physical health to abandon such dangerous beverages. 

  4. Very interesting. Dry wine is not really something that takes my fancy. One thing I learned is that there are some options out there however you need to be careful with what you mix with it. For instance, rum and diet coke, is I believe such an option. But using normal coke is going to mess you up in this instance. And of course, the rest of your lifestyle (proper foods, proper exercise, etc) is also going to be a factor too. 

  5. Chris, Hey! In my comments I keep the same question on the same topic. But for discussion let’s get this Beer Diet. The diet is designed for 7 days. On the day, drink 1 liter of live beer and 2 liters of mineral non-carbonated water. All solid food is prepared without salt. Allowed to eat:

    on the first day – 100 g of buckwheat porridge;on the second day – 100 g of boiled or baked chicken fillet;on the third day – 100 g of veal or lean lamb;on the fourth day – 100 g of boiled or baked fish;on the fifth day – an unlimited amount of vegetables and fruits;   

    on the sixth day they drink beer and water, 

    on the seventh – only water.

    If you really want to eat, it is allowed to stifle the appetite of 30 g of dark chocolate. 

    Chris, I have another five-day wine diet regime. 

    Your article is very informative and useful. Mark

    1. I really don’t know what to say to this Mark…this is supposed to be a health related site LOL. Oh well, I’ll leave your ‘Beer Diet’ here in case anyone is interested in it…but I certainly can’t recommend it! 🙂

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