6. Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Any alcohol is not optimal for weight loss. So, if your looking to lose weight, then it’s best to avoid alcohol altogether as it will only hinder you from burning fat.
That said, there are some scientific reasons that drinking alcohol moderately can be beneficial for health.
Moderate alcohol consumption appears to lower the incidence of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and an overall reduction in mortality.
If you are already eating a low carb/ Paleo diet and not necessarily looking to lose weight, then you may be wondering what is the “healthiest” alcoholic beverage to choose.
Here are a few of the best options to choose in terms of “healthiest” & lowest carbohydrate content:
Red Wine – 1st Choice
Red wine has the fewest carbohydrates and additives compared to other alcoholic drinks. On average a 5 oz/140 g glass of red wine has between 105-125 calories and up to 5 grams of carbs. Wine is also known to come with some health benefits such as reducing the effects of aging. Red wine is rich in resveratrol, which is a vital antioxidant. Try to go for richer, higher quality reds if you can.
Spirits (Whiskey, Brandy, Scotch and Cognac) – 2nd Choices
Spirits such as whiskey, brandy and cognac all have zero carbs as long as you don’t add any mixers to them. Research has found that these drinks also have great antioxidant benefits.
White Wine – 3rd Choice
Red wine will generally contain approx. 5-10 times more phenols than white wine, and white wine has no resveratrol benefits. A glass of white wine will contain about 3-5 grams of carbohydrates and will have some antioxident benefits.
Spirits (Vodka, Gin, Rum) – Last Choices
A 1.5 oz serving of the following drinks all have zero carbs & calories as following: Absolut/Smirnoff Vodka – 98 cals, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – 86 cals, Bacardi Gold Rum – 98 cals, Gin – 120 cals. The antioxident benefits of these spirits are however less clear, making these a last choice in terms of health.
Avoid Regular Beer If You Want To Lose Weight
Beer can offer antioxidant benefits, but contains between 10-15 grams of carbohydrates in a 12 oz serving. Some examples of types of beer with their calorie and carb content (12 oz serving): Budweiser – 145 cals, 10.6g carbs, Corona Extra – 148 cals, 14g carbs, Heineken – 150 cals, 11.5g carbs, Guinness – 128 cals, 10.6g carbs
Christmas should not be a reason to “Binge Drink”. It’s far better to drink moderately, and focus on slow enjoyment rather than consuming large quantities.
Also, drinking a glass of water in between every alcoholic drink can be a great way to limit overall alcohol consumption, and keep the body hydrated.