This article was published on January 8th, 2016
It’s a new year, and a new you! Chances are, you, or someone you know, has made a new year resolution to lose weight. In fact, losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions, next to spending more time with family and quitting smoking. While resolutioners will be hard at the gym over the next few weeks to help reach their new goal, in fact, what you eat and drink also plays a valuable role into dropping those unwanted pounds. Could a vodka-cran really help you lose weight?
When losing weight, alcohol should be used in moderation and with caution. Alcohol not only contains a lot of calories, but also increases your likelihood of making poor food choices after a few drinks. It’s all too common to have a hamburger, fries, pizza, chips, chocolate shake, or other high-fat, high-calorie foods after drinking.
Completely cutting out alcohol, for most people, leads to frustration and binge drinking. It takes a lot of self-control. Controlling the quantity and type of drinks are most important. If you do drink, do it in moderation and choose drinks that are lower in calories.
Vodka is a low calorie alcohol. In moderation it doesn’t have as drastic impact to your weight loss efforts, as compared to other choices including beer, bourbon, or rum, which are significantly higher in calories.
The other factor in your cocktail choice is selecting which mixer you use. Club soda is a zero calorie option, and with a little fresh squeezed lime, makes for a refreshing cocktail. However, mixing with 100% real cranberry juice is also a reasonable choice. This is because 100% real cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves skin, and works as an anti-inflammatory. It’s important to read the labels and use 100% juice, not cocktails; cocktails are packed with sugar and additives that will hamper your weight loss progress.
A vodka-cran made with 100% real cranberry juice has 130 calories for a single shot of vodka, and a double shot of vodka is 190 calories.
Create your own calorie-counting vodka-cran at home:
- 5 oz vodka
- 5 oz 100% real cranberry juice
- Fresh squeezed lime
Fill a tall glass with fresh ice. Pour in vodka. Top with cranberry juice, then squeeze in some fresh lime. Stir. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel.