• Lara Theis

Drinks On a Diet: A chic’s survival guide to losing weight while enjoying your Saturday nights out

It’s easy to underestimate liquid calories. In fact, your social drinking could be the lifestyle factor standing between you and your physique goals. Now I will say, the easiest way to cut out this factor is by not drink. However, some people want to still enjoy a drink from time to time and there is nothing wrong with that. This guide will break down the basics for you to make the best choices when it comes to your Saturday nights out (or Saturday night in quarantine for now lol.)


Guide To Wines



One 5oz serving of wine is about 123 calories for both red and white, give or take


Pay Attention to Alcohol Content. Wine can range from 100 to 150 calories, depending on the alcohol content (9-17% ABV). Aim for an ABV that’s lower on the spectrum, somewhere between 9–12%, since the amount of alcohol is what’s influencing the number of calories. Whites and reds are comparable in calories if the alcohol content is the same. Rosé is about 130 calories per 5oz serving


Break Downs

  • 5oz of Chardonnay: 127 calories

  • 5oz of Sauvignon Blanc: 127 calories

  • 5oz of Cabernet Sauvignon: 127 calories

  • 5oz of Pinot Grigio: 127 calories

  • 5oz of Riesling: 128 calories

  • 5oz of Merlot: 127 calories

  • 5oz of Pinot Noir: 127 calories

  • 5oz of Rose: 130 calories

  • 5oz of Champagne: 96 calories


Guide To Beers



The higher the alcohol content, the higher a drink’s calories climb. Also beware of craft beers and hard ciders. Craft beers are usually higher in alcohol and can pack hundreds of extra calories while hard ciders can be loaded with sugar.


Light Beers Under 100 calories

  • Corona Light, Heineken Light, Budweiser Select, Yuengling Light Lager: 99 calories

  • Miller Lite: 96 calories

  • Natural Light, Michelob ULTRA, Anheuser-Busch Light Pale Lager, Amstel Light: 95 calories

  • Miller 64: 64 Calories

  • Beck’s Premier Light: 63 calories

  • Budweiser Select 55: 55 calories


Guide To Liquor



Both clear and dark liquor are pretty close in calories. If you are watching your calories then order your liquor neat (served with no water, without being chilled, or served over ice or any other mixer), with a splash of water, or on the rocks (over ice).


  • 1 oz gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, or scotch 80% proof is 64 calories

  • 1 oz gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, or scotch 100% proof is 80 calories


Mixed Drinks & Cocktails



Calories can rack up with these drinks depending on the size of the drink and what you put in it.

  1. Be mindful when choosing a mixer

Go for seltzer, club soda, diet soda, or a squeeze of lemon or lime

2. Add JUST a Splash of Juice

Juice-heavy drink is can add a lot of additional calories.

3. Ditch the Pre-Made Mixes

They’re also loaded with sodium and sugar

4. Sorry, but frozen drinks are a no go

Mudslides, margaritas, rocket fuels, you name it, these drinks are all high in calories and may even be made with pre-made mixes.


Top Suggestion For Ordering At The Bar


Best Options

  • Glass of wine

  • Glass of champagne

  • Vodka seltzer

  • Bourbon soda

  • Scotch on the rocks with a splash of water

  • Rum and diet coke


Best Specialty Drinks

  • Margarita on the rocks

  • Vodka martini with a twist

  • Gin martini with cucumber

  • Manhattan

  • Mojito


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