I think it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy drinking a ridiculous amount once in a while, or if you’re like some of us, multiple times a week. At this point in my life, I decided it’s totally acceptable because I’m in college and I’m still skinny. Don’t let drinking bring you down, or let the numbers on the scale go up. If you’re careful about what you drink, it can make a huge difference.
If you’re underage and you’re still hitting up keg parties, you probably shouldn’t be the girl who refuses to leave the keg all night in fear that it will tap. Sure, it’s fine to have beer sometimes, but you can still be smart while you’re on the path to blacking out. One thing I always did when I used to go to parties was bring a water bottle of vodka with water and Crystal Light. It will get you drunker, and you won’t have a beer gut that you can see through that tight dress you’re wearing halfway through the night. Think of this. An average regular beer has about 150 calories, and an average light beer has about 110. However, a vodka Crystal Light Concoction has way less. One ounce of 80 proof vodka is 64 calories, and water and Crystal Light have none. So you can pour in the vodka, maybe two or three shots worth (or five), and your drink will be anywhere from 120-350 calories, depending on the amount of vodka. Either way, it’s way less than drinking beer all night, and you don’t have to worry about spilling your cup because your vodka creation will be safely inside a water bottle. The best part? You can screw the cap on the bottle and dance the night away without spilling.
If you’re actually over the age of 21 and are allowed in the bar, you need to pay attention to what you order. This can save hundreds of calories if you do it right.
If you’re going for beer, the obvious solution is to choose the light beer. Some of the lightest beers include Budweiser Select 55, MGD 64, Michelob Ultra, Natural Light (gross), Amstel Light, and Miller Light. They may not taste as great, but I’m pretty sure your goal here is to get drunk and save calories, not savor the flavor of beer.
When it comes to cocktails, make sure to choose diet soda over regular soda. Club soda and Diet Coke are my personal favorites. If club soda is too plain for you, ask for a splash of cranberry or orange juice. And don’t forget the limes!
Drinking diet soda over regular soda could save you about 100 calories per drink. Have four drinks, and you pretty much just saved half a days worth of calories. Diet soda is better anyway because it doesn’t leave that disgusting sugary film on your teeth like regular soda does. You don’t want that.
Some of the worst cocktails you can possibly order are Long Island Iced Teas, Margaritas, Pina Coladas, White Russians, and Mudslides. And, just like you should stay away from creamy sauces during the day, stay away from creamy alcohol. You don’t need all that fat and heaviness during a night of drinking.
You can make this an awesome night to remember (or forget) and you will feel less guilty in the morning when you realize you saved hundreds of calories.
Here are some links that will help you further decide what drinks to make or order:
More Calories in Drinks- http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/alcohol-calorie-chart.html
Low Calorie Cocktails- http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/low-calorie-cocktails