From bridal showers to bachelorette parties, you are sure to be having your fair share of cocktail fun. As much as we love the fun of drinking cocktails, they may actually be hindering your weight loss results. But no need to worry…
First off, where do all the calories come from in our favorite cocktails and mixed drinks? Excess calories come from a combination of alcohol and the ingredients alcohol is mixed with. Alcohol itself has 7 calories per gram- that’s more calories per gram than both carbs and protein! With that being said, most calories in cocktails don’t actually come from the alcohol, they come from other ingredients that give the drink it’s appealing taste. Mixing alcohol with sodas and energy drinks, adding syrups and sweeteners, using premade mix, and adding cream and milk are all ways that common cocktails become loaded with calories. So how do we combat excess calories without cutting out cocktails completely?
The key is to utilize more nutritious mixers that are lower in overall calories. You can’t necessarily change the amount of calories in a serving of alcohol, but you can change the amount of calories in the ingredients you use to mix it with. You can also attempt to adjust your mindset and drinking habits to find enjoyment in drinking alcohol in moderation and paying closer attention to serving sizes.
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