Low-carb dieting is undoubtedly a great way to stay fit and healthy and – while some may decry the practice – it is possible to drink alcohol on a low-carb diet just so long as you make smart selections and consume in sensibly and with moderation. Once you know the facts about alcohol and carbs, navigating the cocktail list at your favorite bar won’t seem tricky at all.

This timely article by Lizette Borreli of the international Business times outline a number of low carb drinks that you are sure to take a liking to.

Obviously, the key here is understanding which drinks contain little or no carbs and which are so carb rich that are best avoided either as a drink in themselves – such as sodas – or as a mixer.

The five top favorites Borelli comes up with are:

Vodka and soda

That’s OK but just watch which soda you choose.

Vodka Martini

Dito for the soda as above

Red wine

Which is a sensible choice as there are no mixers to take account of and wine generally comes in at around 3 – 4 grams of carbs per glass.

Light Beer

Buy beware or rather buyer be informed AND read the label

​Rum and Coke

​Now this is where I’ll take issue with Borelli’s piece as she recommends replacing normal coke with diet coke. At LCM we continually warn people about the inherent dangers of all sugar substitutes with the exception of 100% stevia based products.

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bottle of alcohol photoA healthy lifestyle coupled with a low-carb diet is all about balance. Sticking to your diet by watching your carbohydrate intake doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a cocktail with friends. Dieters have several low-carb options, from vodka and soda to some light beers.

“An alcoholic drink is low carb if it contains little to no grams of carbs,” Sarah Currie, registered dietitian, personal trainer, and triathlon coach in New York City, told Medical Daily.

A drink’s sugar content is what distinguishes whether it’s high or low carb. Most low-carb drinks and liquors are clear or light. This is because they are straight hard alcohol with no mixers containing added sugars. However, Currie adds: “[A] rum and diet coke has no carbs, but is dark due to the diet coke.”

Straight hard alcohol, including vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey has zero grams of carbs or sugar per ounce. Instead, these drinks get all their calories from alcohol, and range in calories from 97 calories for a 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, or tequila, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Although these drinks aren’t loaded with carbs, you can still add calories to your daily intake depending on the mixer you choose.

Have your choice of alcohol, and drink it, too. Check out these 5 low-calorie alcoholic drinks that have less of a chance of making you fat.

So if you want to find out more please do read the full article at Read More...

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All in all it’s worth a few minutes of your time to have a look but remeber, the final descision is always your so stay informed and always, always read labels and be aware of what you are consuming.

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