Drinking and eating are the most basic of human needs.
Many people take great pleasure and are very enthusiastic when it comes to meeting those needs.
Consuming food and alcoholic drinks have been part of every culture’s celebrations.
Since the discovery of ‘health benefits’ in some of these stronger drinks, such beverages have long become part of everyday meals.
Watching calories in everything you consume is a ritual for many committed dieters, whether it be the calories in your favorite food or calories in vodka and other strong beverages.
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Calories in Popular Alcohol
Most people consume three types of alcoholic beverages.
Beer, which is a must during sports and social events, contain three percent to eight percent alcohol.
Fermented fruits or wines have natural alcohol content of 12 percent. When alcohol is added, wine’s alcohol content can rise up to 21 percent.
Distilled beverages have the strongest alcohol content of 40 percent to 50 percent. Gin, whiskey, and vodka are popular distilled beverages.
To minimize the abuse of alcohol for those health-conscious and those who watching their weight, calories are monitored closely. Note that every branded alcohol has their unique alcohol and calorie content. So you have to double check the labels. To build a calorie content picture, consider the following measurements:
- regular beer (12 ounces) has 144 calories
- light beer (also 12 ounces) has 108 calories
- 12-ounce Gin and Tonic has 255 calories
- Champagne has 126 calories in every 100 ml drink.
- 100-ml sherry has 110 calories (dry), 112 calories (medium), and 130 calories (sweet)
- 100-ml martini has 175 calories
- 100-ml glass of port has 160 calories
Calories in Diet-Friendly Alcohol
Drinking wine and vodka are friendlier on a diet because of their low calorie contents.
Does this mean you get to drink as much and still be guilt-free?
There is 64 calories in vodka that is 1.2 ounce (approximately one shot) and is 80-proof (40% alcohol).
Calories in vodka increase if you drink one that has a higher alcohol proof. It can increase up to twice the number of calories when you drink 100-proof.
The same amount of calories can be also found in a shot of gin, rum, and whiskey.
You can find 105 calories in five ounces of red wine.
White wines have a slightly lower calorie content – 100 calories in five ounces. Sweet dessert wines have 235 calories in every 5 ounce serving.
Knowing all these numbers would help you decide which low calorie drink to go with your diet.
However, drinking the lowest calorie vodka, wine, or champagne is not enough. Remember that moderation is still an important key to maintaining your ideal body weight.
When there is a real reason to celebrate, why not treat yourself to a serving or two of your favorite drink.
Most diet plans and their corresponding nutritionists don’t want to vilify alcohol consumption but unfortunately if you are wanting to lose weight, you will need to abstain from alcohol consumption during your diet.
The consumption of liquid carbohydrates and their sneaky calorie contents are the usual prime suspects preventing your weight loss.