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

Calories

White Table Wine

128

Chardonnay

128

Dry Dessert Wine

157

Merlot

122

Pinot Noir

121

Red Table Wine

125

Red Dessert Wine

165

Beer 340 ml

Calories

Light Beer 

103

Regular Beer

153

Molson 67

67

Hard Alcohol 1.5oz

Calories

Gin (80 proof)

97

Rum (80 proof)

97

Vodka (80 proof)

97

Whiskey (80 proof)

97

Haamonii Shochu

30

Mixed Drinks 8 oz

Calories

Bloody Mary 

210

Margarita

340

Skinny Margarita

120

Mimosa

150

Rum and Coke

185

Rum and Diet Coke

97

Vodka and Tonic

185

Vodka and Diet Tonic

97

Vodka and Orange Juice

209

Wine Cooler

147

Mixers 8 oz

Calories

Diet Soda or Tonic

0

Orange Juice

112

Light Orange Juice

50

Cranberry Juice

136

Coffee or Tea

0-4

Baja Bob's Sugar-Free Margarita or Sweet 'n' Sour Mix

10

Lemon or Lime Juice

64

DaVinci or Other Sugar Free Syrups

0

Sparkling Water or Sparkling Ice

0

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