Diet-friendly Alcohol Choices

Most Next Jumpers tend to enjoy a good drink (or so…) more often than not.  How do you avoid getting one of those sexy beer-guzzling guts?

Firstly, all drinks are not created equal.  The following are the top three low-calorie and carbohydrate alcoholic beverage choices:

# 1. Wine. There are only 20 calories per ounce.  Each five-ounce glass of any white or red offers 100 calories worth of divine pleasure without any sodium, cholesterol or fat. Dietitian-pick: chardonnay, 100 calories and 1.8g carb per 5 oz.

#2. Hard Liquor.  Although higher in calories per ounce than wine, there’s only about 60-110 calories per 1.5 ounce serving.  The problem is mixing hard liquor with sugary, regular soda.  The key is to use calorie-free mixers like diet soda, diet tonic or seltzer water.  Dietitian-pick: Stoli Raspberry vodka and seltzer, 60 calories and 1.5g carb per 1 oz.

#3. Beer. There are around 150 calories per 12-ounce serving.  One pint is 180 calories.  It can be hard to estimate your intake when pouring from a pitcher.  For example: Five pints of beer = 900 calories.  That’s like having two full meals.  Dietitian-pick: Light Beer, 108 calories and 6g carb per 12 oz.


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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by phil on August 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    serious question.. what is the impact to health AND how does our body handle nights when we ingest massive amounts of alcohol? e.g. 10+ drinks?


    • Posted by on August 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

      10 drinks is considered “binge drinking.” Even if it doesn’t feel like you are out of control, the widely accepted definition of binge drinking is having four+ drinks (females) and five+ drinks (males) in one night. Alcohol is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and into the bloodstream. It’s metabolized by the liver – on average it takes about an hour to break down one drink. The more you drink, the longer it will take for the alcohol to be metabolized. With excessive amounts, your blood-alcohol level may remain elevated for many hours even after the 10th drink.

      Alcohol is a poison and a depression – in excessive doses, you can “black-out,” which is defined as having a moment of amnesia (memory loss). Excessive consumption can actually prevent the formation of memories in the brain, so having 10+ drinks is a great thing to do if your goal is to lower your IQ.

      Other short-term effects – your nerves that regulate breathing, heartbeat, and the gag reflex won’t be functioning optimally. Without the gag, you won’t be able to vomit out the excess alcohol that the body cannot process. If the body absorbs more alcohol because of it, you can get alcohol poisoning.


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