I think the others have it covered. I would only add that you should try to minimize the number of times you do this per week/month. If it's every few months then drink what you like and prepare to work it off.
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"Don't worry about negative posters, as you obviously stated that you like to go out once in a while, not all the time, and get tipsy, which to me is not the same as "drunk"."
The law would disagree with you. :)
You may not *like* the word "drunk", but it is what it is, and if you were pulled over while driving "tipsy" you would absolutely be charged with drunk driving. Getting "tipsy" is impairing your brain function with alcohol. Getting drunk is impairing your brain function with alcohol. Where's the difference? Degrees, no more, no less.
Attitudes that minimize the facts like this are not helpful, and encourage people to make decisions that can hurt them. I'm not stigmatizing it (I'm not a fan of the stuff, being married to an alcoholic, but when I say "getting drunk" I'm simply calling an apple an apple, not making a judgment call.
I like vodka and sprite zero, but I any diet soda you like would be fine. I also drink a couple of glasses of red wine from time to time, and the calories there are pretty minimal compared to a lot of mixed drinks. The mixers are often a big culprit, but what also sucks is that alcohol is metabolized differently than regular food, i.e. it is always burned first before anything else that you consume. I personally wouldn't cut back on calories during the day, although if you don't have as much food in your stomach you will probably feel tipsy faster, but I also think you would be likely to binge on food during/after drinking. I don't agree that alcohol is always bad/unhealthy because a lot of research has come out recently that 1 drink a day for women is actually good for your heart, BUT once you go over those recommendations you get the negative effects. Don't worry about negative posters, as you obviously stated that you like to go out once in a while, not all the time, and get tipsy, which to me is not the same as "drunk". I do agree with previous posters that the urge to drink really goes down when you start to realize how much those calories add up! I'm about a year out of college and can't imagine how many calories I racked up on some of my nights out on the town :)
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I'm not sure if this is the healthiest option but its what I personally do. I eat light all day and don't eat my snacks for the day. When I do this I end up with about 600-700 total calories for the day. That leaves me around 500 extra calories to consume that day, so I can have vodka on the rocks (around 4-5 shots) and just sip on that slowly while i'm out with friends. I know I may get criticism for this answer but if your only doing it once in a while, then its not so bad and your not going over your calories for the day. If your the type of person who needs food when drinking try a piece of whole wheat bread. It really doesn't make a difference to me either way but i've heard some people need to eat when drinking. Also instead of getting mixed drinks, order shots and a diet soda. You can chase your shots with a sip of the diet pop instead of just drinking it mixed, when your done with the shots get rid of the rest of the pop and order water. I personally chase a shot with water but some people find that gross. A man at the bar last month kept buying me jello shots,and I gave every shot to my friend so there are temptations and if your drunk it may be hard to resist them. I would like to add though, when you start consuming alcohol and lose certain inhibitions you start to not care about calories so much, so don't drink too much.
Also, I agree with STEPH057, once your eating healthy for a long period of time you kind of lose the urge to drink. The extra calories just don't seem worth it. I only drink when I visit my boyfriend out of town and i only allow myself to do so for one specific day, and I will usually make it something low-cal like wine. When you put so much hard work into something you don't want to ruin it with empty calories. Its crazy to think about the old days, when i'd go into a bar I would sip on beer, try different fruity (sugary) shots, try mix drinks and basically not even think about the CRAZY AMOUNT of calories I was consuming. It's weird how I use to not even pay attention to it. I have had a bottle of strawberry mix and rum in the fridge for months and months now, I should probably just throw it away. Its not worth the calories.
@BUNNYKICKS I've noticed the same thing. I used to go out a few times a week and probably have 6-7 drinks (over the course of 6-8 hours). A lot of my friends are bartenders, so sometimes it can be hard to hang out with them if I don't visit them at work. I have cut that pretty much in half - both the number of times I go out in a week and the number of drinks I have when I do. Those three drinks sure can pack a punch LOL!
And I have also noticed that my desire to drink has gone way down. I almost never drink at home because I don't want to waste the calories on liquid. I'd rather eat! The bar just tends to be a different story...
I like wine, it's not too bad when it comes to the calories (a five-ounce glass = 100, a whole bottle = 500) and there are no sugary "drink mixes" going on -
I've cut back my drinking a lot - not that I was ever a heavy drinker, but I did like my wine! When I first started tracking in January, I was consuming 2 to 5 ounces of wine *every single day* (it was my "snack/treat") but as time has gone on, my desire to have something OTHER-than-wine for my "treat calories" has increased (either because there's another treat that I want more, like, chocolate ice cream - or because I want some sort of actual food because I'm hungry). Lately I've been having perhaps one glass per week... perhaps less... I'll have to look at my tracker - curious now!
What has happened as a result, is, my tolerance for alcohol has dropped *way* down. Couple weeks ago I had dinner with friends, consumed no more than 8 ounces of white wine, and WOW did i feel it. So now when I DO want to drink-for-the-buzz, i'll be saving $ as well as calories :)
What do you normally drink? You mentioned a few things that you don't like...but what do you like?
Vodka & club soda is probably the least amount of calories. I always ask for a single shot of vodka but in a tall (pint) glass with soda and lots of lemon. Try to limit juice and non-diet mixers. If vodka & soda isn't enough flavor for you, you can ask for a small splash of cranberry or some other juice. If it's just a splash, it won't add more than a few extra calories.
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My go to is flavored vodka with seltzer. If you don't drink beer that's one of the lightest options that still feels like a cocktail. You can do a mock-cosmo with vodka, seltzer and a splash of cranberry juice.
I like straight booze, so I often get a scotch or a double vodka on the rocks. Booze has calories. If you want to drink it go straight or keep your mixers to low/no calorie ones.
A big margarita or daquiri could run you over 300 calories. If you have 3, it wouldn't be hard to hit 1,000. I tend to stay away from those. I usually have a rum/diet coke or white wine on a Saturday. I know my calories will be higher that day. I would stay away from the mixes.
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Without being judgmental, I kinda find it ironical that you appear to want a healthy lifestyle on the one hand, and yet on the other hand you are more than happy to go out and intentionally get tipsy. Once in a blue moon, o.k. but more than that and you risk a lot of health issues, apart from the weight problem. 1000 calories is a HUGE amount of calories - and the work on the liver alone just to process the alcohol is big. It stops doing what it should be doing to focus on getting shot of the alcohol, but it can only ditch it at a certain rate - much more slowly than people realize.
I used to drink, and could knock away a fair bit, but one day my body told me it didn't want to drink any more and I virtually haven't. I can honestly say that I got far more enjoyment watching others and staying sober, and NOT having the hangovers/headaches/nausea/fatigue etc. etc. My husband always claimed he never had a hangover. He was an alcoholic, but when he had gone a couple weeks with no alcohol he couldn't believe how well he felt. He was still never able to understand why he didn't feel so well during his drinking times or why he was a bit overweight.
If all you're concerned about is a buzz, then drink pure alcohol and forget about mixers. I drink tequila, and a 1.5 oz shot adds up to about 100 calories. They're completely empty, and it takes about three or four over the course of a night, which is 400 empty calories I've consumed. Honestly, I don't drink often because this thinking is dangerous, doesn't help with my health, and I like hanging out rather than drinking. But, to answer your question: plain alcohol. No mixers.
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Learn to have a good time with less than 500 calories worth of alcohol.
If you need to binge drink to have a good time, you need to rethink your alcohol intake and your life.
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I'm going to back Deb up on this one. You simply can't drink enough to "get tipsy" and not have a calorie bomb going on. All alcoholic beverages have calories, and if your goal is to actually get drunk, you're going to be taking in a lot. Accept this, plan for it, drink LOTS of water (it helps with hangovers, too. Staying hydrated is critical) and EAT.
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Do you like white wine? That's what I usually stick with, one glass gives me a nice buzz so I rarely feel the need to have more than one or two.
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Well, alcohol is never healthy but I know what you're talking about. Vodka shots are definitely one of the best "solutions"... Tastes good, "low" calorie, and pretty strong, so you won't have to drink that much.
"How can I go out, get tipsy, and take in the least amount of calories."
If you're deciding to drink then you HAVE to accept blowing your range out.
It's VERY IMPORTANT to eat while drinking. If you want to minimise your calories you'll probably eat lightly, if at all, and this is a health mistake.
Alcohol is essentially sugar, so all alcohols have a high sugar content. Try to ensure if you're mixing you mix with diet soft drinks so you're not adding drink-sugar to your alcoholic drinks, and considering having alcohol, then water, then alcohol, etc.
But essentially, having a great night out with friends where you enjoy more than just a little drink, is not calorie-friendly. And nor should it be when you consider the health risks associated with keeping your overall calories in check while consuming alcohol.
If you're going to drink, add it over and above your normal range and ensure you stick to your ranges before the drinks. Minimise your drinking, and don't do it often, and it won't hurt your overall goals to have a blow-out now and then.
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Try wine spritzers. Mix white wine with soda water and throw in a lemon or lime. The high volume of liquid will slow you down.
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Well really, it's difficult to lose weight if you drink a lot of alcohol.... not only do the calories add up, but at least for me, it causes me to retain a lot of water. Last weekend I drank more than normal and the scale showed a 5lb weight gain in 3 days. Most of it went away but still. But, vodka is one of the least caloric alcohols out there. 1oz is approximately 70 calories... that equals a shot. A vodka mixed with plain soda is a good option, add some lemon or lime slices to it. You can do 7-up/sprite to make it taste better, but that'll make your drink be around 150-200 calories (depending on the size), since most bars don't carry diet versions of those sodas. The really fruity drinks and shots are some of the worst calorie offenders, so keep it simple.
I would also analyze why you feel the need to get tipsy every time you go out. It's possible to have fun WITHOUT getting tipsy.
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I go out once in a while with friends to drink and sing karaoke but, the shots or drinks are so fattening. I had 1,000 calories worth of drinks. How can I go out, get tipsy, and take in the least amount of calories. I do not like beer, Jim beam, or jack. Any help?
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