If you’re a meticulous calorie counter, here’s one aspect of your diet you might just be overlooking: your alcohol habits. Where do you think all those martinis go? In fact, you might not be realizing it but those drinks pile up the cals more quickly than food! And there’s a surprising reason why – let our fitness expert Rohan Mathew explain:
“Alcohol is one thing we all indulge in and tend to forget! It is basically a processed beverage that becomes sugar in your body, but what most of us never think about is the mixer, which could be a fruit juice or soda, that we generally add to our alcoholic drinks. Carbonated sweet beverages add to your caloric intake!,” he reminds us.
However, there are hacks for a diet-friendly approach to your next cocktail – when you’re in the mood for a mojito, swap the sugar syrup for brown sugar, have a simple tequila and soda mix instead of the sugary Long Island Iced Tea, and replace the packaged orange juice in your vodka drink with a slim-line tonic the next time you’re at the bar.
Wine lovers, your turn: Sure, there’s all the hoo-ha about its various health benefits, but you can get all of those the natural way, according to Rohan. “The benefits of red wine are talked about as though it’s a big deal, but it really isn’t. You can get the same benefits from grapes, which is actually what you should be eating, so don’t kid yourself! That being said, red wine a comparatively better alternative to white wine, but only when you’re having a thimble full and nothing more than that,” he advises.
Turns out, while both wines are neck to neck calorie-wise, the red counterpart has less natural sugars and other benefits like potassium, magnesium and iron to boast of – and a popular rep for being heart-healthy. So when you’re ordering your tipples this Friday night, you know what to do!