It’s tough sometimes, being social and going places with friends when you’re trying to count calories. Whether you’re trying to lose weight for a wedding or for health reasons, being out with others makes it even more difficult. With so many alcoholic drinks weighing in at 250 to 400 calories each (that’s the equivalent of a small sandwich), the idea of having a drink may feel like you’re failing on your diet. You might think it’s easier to just stay home, but instead, we’ve put together a list of the five healthiest alcoholic beverages that you can get at a bar so that you don’t have to stay home alone. One important fact that can help you choose your drinks is that almost all alcoholic drinks of the same proof will have the same number of calories. For example, a 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof whiskey has as many calories as rum, vodka, and gin – 231 calories according to the Calorie Control Council’s website.
Hard Liquor And Water/Soda
One of the easiest ways to reduce how much alcohol you’re consuming is to mix it with water, club soda (not tonic), or ice. Instead of drinking your vodka or whiskey neat in a rocks glass, pour it into a tall glass with ice, club soda or water. As you get closer to the bottom, refill the glass with more ice or water. Yes, this will dilute the flavor of your drink, but the taste will still be there, as will the alcohol. This will probably help you slow down when you’re drinking, or might even mean you only have one drink rather than two. Either way, this can automatically reduce the number of calories you’re consuming.