Why vodka is the go to for losing weight.

We’re all going to go out and have a drink at some point and alcohol is a big stumbling block for a lot of us, especially if you like to switch off with a drink at the end of a day.

Like a lot of things a drink at night can be an habit.. Habits take 21 days to make and you have three options; swap, limit or avoid. For me it’s much easier to change a habit than remove it entirely. I try not to look at things as good or bad, simply are they working for my goals and if not is there a way to make them do so.

I want to compare the calorie content in different drinks and then you can make your own decision.

 

Drink Calories per serving Food Equivalent Total calories over 4 drinks
Cider (Magners)

pint

210

 

 

840

Lager (Carling)

pint

189

 

 

756

Wine

250ml glass

228

 

Mars bar  

912

Wine

bottle

684

 

14 Jaffa Cakes  

2736

Champagne

120ml glass

89

 

 

356

Alcopop (avg)

330ml bottle

237

 

 

948

Vodka Coke

(single)

110  

440

Vodka Orange

(single)

174  

696

 

That’s the main ones most of us have on a night. Individually these will fit into a balanced lifestyle. An average man with us might be eating 2000 kcal a day and a woman 1700 kcal.

Once you start having one or two every other night or if it’s a good night out it can make a big difference, it really depends if 4 is a lot to you or not.

This is where spirits and diet mixers are a much better option. Swapping to spirit and a diet mixer can save 600 kcal over a few drinks and you’re going to feel it just as much.

Spirit Shots or with Diet Mixers which don’t add calories
Gin

(35ml shot))

 

72

 

288

Whiskey

(35ml shot)

 

78

 

234

Vodka

(35ml shot)

 

72

 

288

 

Remember there is 3500 kcal in every pound of fat and the cartergood infographic below.

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In perspective all things the same, just swapping to a gin and slimline tonic a few days a week could burn an extra 1lb of fat each month or an extra stone over the year without doing any exercise.

There’s no harm in having a drink but if it’s going to be a regular thing look I much prefer the cake and eat it scenario where you can do so and not be offsetting what you’ve done at the gym to do so.

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