Most personal trainers and nutritionists recommend that you abstain from alcohol because alcohol lacks vitamins and minerals and can be high in calories. But let’s be honest, there are times where it is appropriate to have a drink or two. Below, therefore, are some nutritional facts on different types of alcoholic beverages that will assist you in deciding which type and what quantity fits into your diet.
If you’re going to drink, wine is the most calorie-friendly selection with a typical 20 calories per ounce. Each 5-ounce glass would then be 100 calories with no cholesterol, sodium or fat. This is true for both red and white wine, from merlot to chardonnay. Sherry, a sweet,fortified wine runs a bit higher with 32 calories per ounce but it is usually served in smaller portions as an after-dinner drink.
Hard liquor is higher in calories per ounce than wine, and is often mixed with soda, which increases the calorie count. If you’re going to drink liquor, use calorie-free mixers such as soda water, diet soda, or diet tonic water. One shot glass or mixed drink will contain about 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
Beer is the last choice out of the three main types of alcoholic beverages. It contains about 150 calories per 12-ounce serving. Choosing light beers will drop your caloric intake without sacrificing much flavor, but keep in mind that it can be hard to estimate your intake when pouring from a pitcher or into an oversized beer mug.
Always remember to hydrate while drinking alcohol. One glass of water after each alcoholic beverage is a good rule to follow. Lastly, remember that moderation is the key to successfully continuing a healthy and fit lifestyle.