On today’s Fit Life, David Poland and Paul Adler went to Metropolitan Grill and talked to owner Pat Duran, who showed us several types of alcoholic drinks that have less carbohydrates and sugar, and are healthier choices than the high calorie, high carb, sugary alcoholic drinks.
Anyone who drinks beer knows that one of the primary ingredients in beer is starch. And after fats, alcohol is the second most calorie dense nutrient. Drinking just one serving of alcohol daily can add hundreds of extra calories to your diet.
Some healthier options that Pat suggests are to drink lower carb drinks, including wine (particularly brut wine) and light beer, and pure forms of liquor like rum, whiskey, gin and vodka, which are carb-free.
Avoid mixed drinks that mix the alcohol with added sugar and high
calorie mixers. Instead use sugar substitutes, diet sodas, tonic water, and fruit juices like lime.
If you want a margarita, use a lower calorie margarita skinny mix with lime juice. Don’t make the salt rim, as the salt content may encourage you to keep drinking.
Also, drink water between drinks to stay hydrated.
With the holiday weekend upon us, keep in mind that drinking alcohol is not healthy and won’t help any diet regiment or fitness goal. Most alcoholic drinks are high in carbs, sometimes more than soft drinks and desserts. Mixed drinks are especially high in carbs because sugary mixers are added to the drinks. But, if you do want to drink, you can make some changes that will save yourself some calories, carbs and sugar. Also remember to drink in moderation.
Reducing the quantity you drink will help you maintain a healthier lifestyle.