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Which are the worst alcoholic drinks when trying to lose fat?

By September 20, 2010 9 Comments

It’s science…

Sometimes you just want to go out and have ten too many. I’m not abdicating alcohol abuse, drunken 3am ATM withdrawals or sleeping with random people. What I’m really trying to do, is show which alcoholic drinks are the LEAST harmful to your waistline.

But alcoholic drinks contain ZERO fat! They must be loaded with five kinds of awesome!

Hold a second there, imaginary person with your naive quote…

Whilst it’s true that alcoholic drinks contain zero fat, they are also sugar filled and contain the last legal drug currently known as ‘alcohol’. Alcohol is bad news for the never-lean as it suppresses fat oxidation and adds unnecessary calories to your diet. The fact is, you can certainly get leaner while drinking, as long as you stay in a caloric deficit, but it won’t help you maintain motivation, intensity or anything else which will get your arse to the gym.

Make no mistake, these bad boys are the enemy when it comes to serious long-term fat loss. Yes, I’m looking at you, Fatty McChinChin with extra McChins™.

Which alcoholic drinks are the worst when trying to lose fat?

Fat doesn’t burn itself off when passed out on the pavement

The run-down on which are the worst alcoholic drinks

Below are a bunch of tables which will hopefully give you an indication as to what’s bad and what’s not. The thing to keep in mind is, the more alcohol in a beverage, the more calories it contains, and thus the further away from your fat-loss goals you’re likely to become.

Beer(330ml bottle)

KindCalories
Low-Carb Beer (most)107
Heineken110
Budweiser132
Stella Atois148
The winner = Low-Carb beer0.33 cals per ml

As you can see, beer offers some pretty decent bang for buck. The serving sizes are large, and the calories consumed with each one aren’t near as bad as their counterparts (read below) due to the large water content in each one.

Also note, that the low-carb option, although it’s the clear winner, still has 3/4 of the calories anyway. The major benefit of low-carb beer is significantly reduced bloat.

KindCalories
Red119
White116
Sparkling/Champagne133
The winner = White wine0.66 cals per ml

Compared to beer, there are a heck of a lot more calories per ml than with beer due to the higher alcoholic content. In fact it’s TWICE as evil. At the rate a lot of people drink wine (especially white), it’s easy to see how one could over-indulge.

That being said, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be seen drinking pint-size servings of wine any time soon.

Spirits (per 25ml)

KindCalories
Whisky (Beam/Southern Comfort/Jack/Johnny64
Vodka56
Rum (White & Dark)58
Gin59
The winner = Vodka0.45 cals per ml

Not surprisingly, when you drink spirits ‘neat’, they offer less of a caloric hit (due to their measly 25ml size). You are, of course, less likely to be sipping on 6 or so of these bad boys in anyone session.

This idea obviously turns to sh*t when you have ‘shots at the bar’ with your friends and you suddenly find yourself at an all-night pizza joint competing for the most slices consumed in 10 minutes.

Spirits Mixed (per 125ml)

KindCalories
Whisky + Coke129
Vodka + Lime/Soda76
Rum + Coke129
Gin + Tonic129
The winner = Vodka + Lime/Soda0.6 cals per ml

You start mixing spirits with other bad-boys like Coke or Sprite and you can easily double the calories you consume with one tiny exception — Vodka + Lime/Soda is the clear cut winner here offering HALF the amount of naughtiness found in the others (due to the lack of coke).

Cocktails

KindCalories
Pina Colada342
Manhattan130
Singapore Sling230
Mai Tai310
Bloody Mary86
The winner = Bloody Mary0.34 cals per ml

These babies offer a whole new level of fat-gaining disaster. Loaded with sugars and fruits — the figures above speak for themselves.

If you are looking to keep the weight off, perhaps its time to ditch the 4 rounds of Pina Coladas.

Which alcoholic drinks are the worst when trying to lose fat?

Corona Cat™ is watching you gain fat

So which alcoholic drink is the best when trying to lose fat?

The winner is… The Bloody Mary Cocktail! I’m doubting that many of us could ‘spend a night’ drinking these cocktails let alone be able to afford them all of the time. Add to that a nasty case of heart-burn and acid reflux and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a techni-colour yawn on the way home in the cab.

My personal favourite alcoholic drink

Without a doubt it would have to be a Vodka + Lime and Soda. Despite it’s inherent lack of manliness, it offers the following benefits:
– zero bloating (which beer offers)
– half the calories that a glass of wine offers
– half the price of a Bloody Mary
– served over ice – if you let it dissolve a little over the course of consumption, you’re ‘kinda’ getting hydrated as you’re getting intoxicated.

The conclusion

At the end of the day, there is no ‘safe bet’ when trying to avoid weight gain whilst drinking booze. It’s like anything containing epic calories. Chips, burgers, sweets or alcohol. They are all calorie dense, and won’t help you achieve a beach body any time soon. If you MUST drink, then go for options without the added sugar, or limited the times you choose to indulge in a cocktail or two.

Moderation people. Moderation.

Further reading…

Here’s an article taken directly from Reveal The Steel on ‘Why Alcohol Makes Your Fat’

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Editor’s Note: Most people like a drink. How do you keep yourself from over-indulging? Comment below.

Clint Nielsen

Author Clint Nielsen

Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • Cassie says:

    I love wine.

  • One thing people also forget about beer is it is highly estrogenic. If you are trying to build muscle, especially a guy, this is certainly not helpful.

    Also, since alcohol is metabolized in fat cells, over doing it with any adult beverage is generally a bad idea. Good stuff as always Clint

  • FitExcel says:

    Good stuff, man. My personal favorite is mixing Sprite Zero with vodka. That way, you get the zero cals from the soda and the low-calorie goodness of the vodka. Really helps control the cals.

    -Drew

  • Bonnie the Boozehound says:

    Excellent post Clint. I appreciate that in some part it was dedicated to me.

    I think the main point here is that AFTER a big night out, motivation to sweat it out over a 10km run is minimal. And there’s also the late night kebab and the next day visit to Maccas…not even necessarily because you feel like it, but just because you deserve it because you have a hangover. Well, that’s the way my brain reacts when it is soaked in alcohol.

    I do love a vodka soda so that’s good news…but make sure it’s made with fresh lime and not that foul cordial shit, because that is definitely 100% sugar.

    Bloody Mary’s are also a favourite – definitely the best hair of the dog drink, and can be substituted for dinner with all that tomato juice. And the celery!! Health in a glass, really.

    I will attempt to minimise wine consumption, however, I think Cassie has got it in one…I love wine. But over the next 2 weeks while I am cutting grapes in Burgundy all bets are off…a big glass of chardonnay is just what you need at 9 in the morning to dull the lower back pain.

    Keep up the good work…and cheers.

  • emt training says:

    What a great resource!

  • Clint,

    I like to go with either a light beer or rum and diet. Both of these are relatively low calorie compared to many other drinks out there.

    Alykhan

  • Garretot says:

    Todo dinбmica y muy positiva! :)
    Gracias

  • Good post over again. I am looking forward for more updates=)

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