Experts reveal 9 drinks to order (and 9 to avoid) if you’re watching your waistline Experts reveal 9 drinks to order (and 9 to avoid) if you’re watching your waistline
Your go-to drink may be adding inches to your waistline. Health experts have revealed the cocktails to avoid when glancing over a bar menu,... Experts reveal 9 drinks to order (and 9 to avoid) if you’re watching your waistline

Your go-to drink may be adding inches to your waistline.

Health experts have revealed the cocktails to avoid when glancing over a bar menu, and it includes giving up some favorites.

Sadly, it’s time to put down that glass of white wine, which is loaded with calories, and instead drink bubbly champagne.

And although yummy and strong, dieters should never go near a Long Island Iced Tea because it is one of the most fattening drinks.

Combined with the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s calorie counter and MuscleFood.com’s recommended swaps, here are nine cocktail replacements for dieters who want to enjoy a night out while maintaining their figure.

1. Drink CHAMPAGNE not SWEET WHITE WINE  

Champagne is a healthier alternative to sweet white wine. It has 90 calories

Sweet white wine is loaded with sugar, a total of 130 calories per glass

Champagne is a healthier alternative to sweet white wine, which comes with an 130 calories per serving. A glass of bubbly only has 90 calories

Although one glass may seem innocent, each serving of sweet white wine is around 130 calories, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This is almost equivalent to a glazed chocolate doughnut.

Champagne is a healthier choice in terms of calories, just at 90, which means two glasses of bubbly equals one glass of sugary white wine.

Plus, recent research from Brown University found that drinking five or more glasses of white wine a week increases the risk of developing the skin condition rosacea by 49 percent.

Even one to three glasses a month raises the risk by 14 percent.

It is unclear exactly why white wine causes rosacea, but it may due to the drink weakening the immune system and causing blood vessels to dilate.

2. Drink a COSMOPOLITAN not a LONG ISLAND ICED TEA  

A Cosmopolitan only has 146 calories

Long Island Iced Teas are the worst drinks to have on a night out, anywhere from 420 to 780 calories

Long Island Iced Teas are the worst drinks to have on a night out, anywhere from 420 to 780 calories. A Cosmopolitan only has 146 calories per 2.75 ounces

A Long Island Iced Tea is the worst drink to have on a night out.

Depending on the bartender, they can contain splashes of vodka, rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, and coke.

All the alcohol and mixtures packs a heavy punch, depending on who makes the drink anywhere from 420 to 780 calories – more than a McDonald’s cheeseburger at 310 calories.

Still looking for a strong drink with some sweetness?

A Cosmopolitan should do the trick, coming with vodka and a splash of cranberry at 146 calories per 2.75 ounces.

3. Drink a PROTEIN BEER not a LAGER  

For beer drinkers, many fear the dreaded beer belly. It’s hard to avoid with lagers coming with 150-200 calories per pint.

Darren Beale, from MuscleFood.com, said: ‘There are many dieters who will still want to enjoy a few drinks without having to worry about overstepping their daily intake, and luckily there are alternatives which mean they can.’

New to the market are protein beers, such as Barbell Brew Beer at 92 calories.

It boasts of having as much protein as a savory steak and has an alcohol level content of 3.2 percent.

DRINK THIS…

Champagne –  90 calories

Cosmopolitan – 146 calories

Protein beer – 92 calories

Fuzzy Navel – 253 calories

Moscow Mule – 138 calories

Martini – 160 calories

Slimline gin and tonic – 115 calories

Diet Coke and rum – 100 calories

Skinny B***h – 106 calories

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine 

…NOT THIS

Sweet white wine –  130 calories

Long Island Iced Tea –  400+ calories

Lager – 150-200 calories

Pina Colada – 526 calories

Margarita – 168 calories

Mojito – 220 calories

Gin and tonic – 200 calories

Alcopop – 230 calories

Vodka and tonic – 200 calories

Note: Each drink is based on their typical serving sizes  

 4. Drink a FUZZY NAVEL not a PINA COLADA

5. Drink a SLIMLINE GIN AND TONIC not a GIN AND TONIC 

Although tonic water is often seen as a healthy alternative to fizzy mixes, tonic water still isn’t calorie-free.

A gin and tonic contains around 200 calories, with the tonic water making up a good of those calories.

Gin and diet tonic water, such as Slimline, contains just 115 calories.

6. Drink a MARTINI not a MOJITO   

A Martini is just 160 calories

Mojitos are sweetened with sugar syrup, bringing the calorie count to 220

Mojitos are sweetened with sugar syrup, bringing the calorie count to 220. A Martini, on the other hand, is just 160 calories  per two 1/2 ounces

Although a fresh and minty drink sounds lovely in the summer heat, Mojitos are sweetened with sugar syrup, bringing the calorie count to 220.

A chilled Martini is the smarter option, with an extremely low calorie count of 160 per two 1/2 ounces.

Plus, it comes with a salty snack dunked in.  

7. Drink a RUM AND DIET COKE not a ALCOPOP 

Leave the Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff Ice in the cooler. Added sugars make these alcopops have 230 plus calories.

The smarter option is a Diet Coke and rum, with only 100 calories. It has the same level of sweetness and your scale will thank you later.

8. Drink a MOSCOW MULE not a MARGARITA   

Moscow Mules have 138 calories
Margaritas are usually 168calories

Both of these drinks come in fun glasses, but one is much nicer to the waistline. Moscow Mules have 138 calories and Margaritas are usually 168 calories

Both of these drinks come in fun glasses, but one is much nicer to the waistline.

Margaritas come with salted rims, premixed simple syrup and lime, adding 168 calories to your diet each drink.

Moscow Mules, ginger beer mixed with vodka, is the healthier route.

They usually come in trendy cooper cups and only have 138 calories, according to Eat This, Not That.

9. Drink a SKINNY B***H not a VODKA TONIC   

This diet-conscious option is bland but effective. The Skinny B***h is simply vodka, soda water and lime, just at 106 calories.

This is a better alternative than choosing tonic with vodka, because of the 200 calorie count.

Source: Daily Mail

Choose a Fuzzy Navel (pictured) over a Pina Colada

The peach schnapps cocktail is 253 calories while the coconut and pineapple drink (pictured) is 526

Choose a Fuzzy Navel over a Pina Colada. The peach schnapps cocktail is 253 calories while the coconut and pineapple drink is 526

While on vacation it’s easy to get swept up with the tropical feel and indulge in sugary and fruity drinks.

Instead of a Pina Colada at 526 calories, order a Fuzzy Navel which contains peach schnapps and orange juice at 253 calories.

In general, fruity drinks are more likely to have a higher calorie count because of all the fruity add-ins.

For the healthiest tropical drink, opt for cocktails that are made fresh.

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