The Best and Worst Alcohol Choices for NYE

Hallelujah 2020 is finally over *and the crowd goes wild*!  

Bringing in 2021 means lots of celebrating on the 31st of December. And if you drink alcohol I’m assuming you are going to be having more than just a couple.

So I’m here to help you save calories while you’re celebrating the end of a dramatic year.

Why should you care?

Well, if you consume 7700 calories over your daily allowance of food you will gain a kilo. That’s pretty hard to do, but if you over consume 3500 calories that might be half a kilo. Ain’t nobody got tiiiiiime to gain half a kilo celebrating the end of 2020.

To add more salt to the wound, your body is more likely to store fat when you have ingested alcohol. Let me explain, a very small percentage of the alcohol calories you drink are turned into fat. It's in the single digits. But the bad news is alcohol reduces the amount of fat that your body can burn off for energy. Anddddd the problem lies in the fact that if you drink and eat over your calories allowance for that day (which usually is the case) the excess calories get stored straight into your fat cells.

You see, alcohol stops this fat burning process from happening. Why?

Well, it comes down to a substance called acetate. Acetate levels rise sharply after alcohol is consumed. This substance pretty much tells the body to STOP burning body fat ASAP.  Your liver and organs yell “OMG WHAT IS THIS STUFF! GET IT OUT, GET IT OUT! So your body stops burning fat and the food you have consumed and starts using the alcohol as energy instead. So the food you have consumed actually gets stored in your fat cells while your body uses up all the energy in the alcohol! 

For example, if you drank 5 glasses of wine your body would not be able to burn fat for up to 6 hours. The more you drink the longer you delay the body's regular fat-burning mechanism. So if you drink loads of calories ridden drinks PLUS loads of greasy foods, all of the food and calories in the drinks you're consuming is getting stored into your muscle and fat cells as your body can’t handle doing both burning food and getting rid of the toxic alcohol.

QUICK TIP: Reduce dietary fats in your foods when drinking alcohol as your body is more likely to store dietary fats into your fats cells compared to carbs and protein. This is because it has to do a secondary process for carbs and proteins to be stored as fat. But with dietary fats, it’s easy for the body to just pop it into your fat cells for later use…. And we don’t want that because that’s what makes your jeans tighter. Dietary fat examples: avocado, oils, nuts, high fat cheeses, high fat meats, high fat ice creams and cakes. 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Alcohol Choices

Let’s start off with the bad, to keep things simple I’m going to list them with their calorie content ON AVERAGE. These figures differ depending on your bartender,  but it’s roughly around these calories. I’m going to start with the WORST being the ugly, then the bad which aren’t as bad as the ugly but I would still stay away from them and then the good.

The Ugly

  • Margarita: 550 Calories
  • Mai Tai: 620 Calories
  • Piña Colada: 586 Calories 
  • Mud Slide: 556 Calories 
  • Long Island Ice Tea: 543 Calories 

The Bad

  • Expresso Martini: 285 calories
  • Cider: 325
  • Vodka cruiser: 211
  • Smirnoff double blacks: 210
  • Somersby Cider: 207
  • Corona: 148
  • Bloody Mary: 180 Calories

The Good

  • Rum or Vodka and Diet Coke:  65 Calories
  • Vodka and Soda: 65 Calories 
  • Gin & Diet Tonic: 115 Calories 
  • Light beer: 96 calories
  • White wines: 110-120 Calories
  • Dry Champagne: 105 Calories
  • Lindemans low calorie wine range: 70 calories
  • Yellow low calories champagne: 65 calories
  • No sugar vodka cruisers: 86
  • Zero sugar smirnoff double blacks: 136 (this one is higher in calories but it's two standard drinks per can so it's only 68 calories per standard drink)

DISCLAIMER: Please drink in moderation, always have a plan to get home safely, don’t drink and drive, please don’t drink while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

From the team at Slim Mama Co we wish you a healthy and happy new year! 

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