Can I Drink Alcohol and Still Lose Weight?
Yes, you can drink alcohol and still lose weight as long as you're careful about how many calories you're consuming.
Alcohol is very calorie dense which makes it a serious potential barrier to losing weight.
Often, people will point to health benefits of drinking wine.
Drinking 1 alcoholic beverage per day for females and 2 alcoholic drinks per day for males is considered moderate drinking.
However, moderate drinking can quickly stop someone from losing weight or decrease the speed someone is losing weight.
For example, having just one 5 oz glass of wine with supper each day will be a total of 3,840 calories in a month.
Alcohol when consumed will prevent your body from using stores of body fat.
Obviously avoiding alcohol as much as possible while trying to lose weight is the most effective way.
However, completely avoiding alcohol can cause some people to feel deprived and really stray from their diet.
If you feel alcohol is something that you want to work into your weight loss plan we highly suggest that you figure out exactly how many calories you're consuming from alcohol and work it into your plan.
One of the easiest ways to decrease the amount of calories in a drink is to be selective about the type of alcohol you drink and to measure the amount you are drinking.
For example, many clients over the years have thought they were having one serving of wine, but measured their wine glasses only to discover they are drinking 1.5-2 servings of wine.
Here is a list of some of the most popular type of alcohol and the number of calories per serving.
Wine 5 oz
White Table Wine
Dry Dessert Wine
Red Table Wine
Red Dessert Wine
Beer 340 ml
Hard Alcohol 1.5oz
Gin (80 proof)
Rum (80 proof)
Vodka (80 proof)
Whiskey (80 proof)
Mixed Drinks 8 oz
Rum and Coke
Rum and Diet Coke
Vodka and Tonic
Vodka and Diet Tonic
Vodka and Orange Juice
Mixers 8 oz
Diet Soda or Tonic
Light Orange Juice
Coffee or Tea
Baja Bob's Sugar-Free Margarita or Sweet 'n' Sour Mix
Lemon or Lime Juice
DaVinci or Other Sugar Free Syrups
Sparkling Water or Sparkling Ice