The holiday season is all about eating, drinking, and being merry. But if you struggle with weight issues, you know what the drill is…
You have to use your willpower to keep carbs to a minimum. And during the holidays, many of use consume more of carbohydrates through alcohol.
But there are low-carb drink choices available. Drink these, and you’re good.
Here’s how the popular alcoholic beverages break down for carb content…
- Beer. Bad news if you’re a beer lover… Barley is used to make beer. The fermented grain adds up to a high-carb beverage. You might as well be scarfing down dinner rolls. Some beers have as much as 14 grams of carbs in a 12-ounce bottle.
Light beer is a better option. Budweiser’s Select 55 Premium Light Beer has only 1.8 grams of carbs per serving. Michelob Ultra has 3 grams. Corona Premier has 2 grams.1
- Wine. Dry wines are a great low-carb choice. Their sugar content is low. Carbs average out at about 2 grams per glass. Even better…champagne has just 1 gram per glass. But sweeter wines aren’t actually much worse. Sweet rieslings have about 4 grams per glass. And dry red wines such as pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon top out at between 3.4 and 5.5 grams per glass.2
- The hard stuff. Tequila, gin, brandy, vodka, and whiskey have little or no carbs…by themselves, that is. If you mix them with juice, soda, or syrup, it’s a different story. A margarita, for instance, has 8 grams of carbs. A gin and tonic has 16 grams. A vodka and orange juice (screwdriver) has 28.
- Coolers. You want to avoid these. There’s a reason they call them “alcopops.” Whether we’re talking wine coolers, spirit coolers, or hard lemonade, they’re chock full of sugar. Carbs go as high as 39 grams a serving.
Editor’s Note: If you’re concerned about carb intake and gaining weight, you should know there is a chemical in our bodies that tells our brain we are full. If this chemical is off-balance, you’ll be constantly hungry. Luckily, keeping this chemical in check is as simple as adding one activity to your daily routine. Discover the secrets behind this and two other chemicals that are keeping you fat—and how to quickly turn them around—HERE.