It’s so easy to chat it up with friends while sipping on a fruity cocktail, and the next thing you know, you’ve sucked down 400 calories in under 10 minutes. Consuming too many liquid calories is one reason your pants feel a little snug, and alcohol is considered one of the worst diet wreckers. Not only is it high in empty calories, but it also stimulates your appetite, weakens your willpower, and lights up areas of your brain that make high-calorie foods seem more irresistible.
If weight loss is on your mind, limit drinking alcohol to one to two drinks on the weekend or forgo it altogether. Go for these low-cal cocktails, or if you’re more into kicking back a brewski, here’s a list showing the beers with the fewest calories. With every alcoholic drink, order a tall glass of water to go with it. Alternate sips between the two glasses, making sure to finish at least 12 ounces of H2O for every cocktail.
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