A fun night out with friends can quickly derail your hopes of losing weight. One drink might not sound like a big deal, but you rarely have just one drink, do you? (It’s okay—nobody does!) Even if you possess the superhuman willpower to drink only a single bevvy, chances are you’re sucking down loads of added sugars in that fruity cocktail or tons of calories in that beer.
Drinking in moderation is totally okay, but splurging on multiple drinks—and the wrong kinds of drinks—can set you back on your wellness goals. Alcohol loosens your inhibition, which can lead you to scarf down junk food after a few rounds. Plus, alcohol is burned as an energy source before anything else, which means all those delicious carbs from a late-night binge get stored in your fat reserves instead of being burned off by your metabolism right away.
Alcohol isn’t the best for your health, but that doesn’t mean you have to quit it entirely. Sugary mix-ins are usually the culprits behind excessive weight gain. If you ditch those, you’ll earn major headway toward that ideal number on the scale! Drink substitutes that are low in calories, carbs and sugars are your ticket to a night full of guilt-free drinking.
Ask the bartender to serve up one (or two!) of these low-calorie alcohol options.