Alcohol and Weight Loss – Can You Drink Alcohol On A Diet?
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Alcohol and Weight Loss – Can You Drink Alcohol On A Diet?

Alcohol and Weight Loss – Can You Drink Alcohol On A Diet?

When it comes to losing weight there are a lot of things you can only eat in moderation.

Sugary snacks like chocolate, sweets and ice cream can still be eaten even by people trying to lose a lot of weight but they are usually going to be once in a month treats.

But what about alcohol?

Alcohol is a tricky thing to tackle when it comes to weight loss and dieting because every drink is different.

But in the vast majority of cases, you are going to need to cut down on your alcohol content as well although by how much will vary.

So, you can drink alcohol while on a diet in much the same way you can eat a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps.

Meaning it will be something you will need to be very careful about in order to ensure you stick to a healthy balanced diet.

Let’s look at some of the most popular drinks and see how they can affect your weight.

Beer and Lager

Have you heard of the term “beer belly” I’ am guessing it is something many people have heard before and for good reason.

But one thing that might surprise you to learn is that beer is actually low in fat although that doesn’t mean it is safe to drink while on a diet.

Beer is high in carbs and the purer the beer (the higher the alcohol content) the more carbs and calories you will have to contend with.

Now beer and lager do come in many forms and some are better suited for weight loss like light beers and lagers.

As the odd treat and single glass will usually be OK but ensure you don’t eat food at the same time.

Alcohol affects the body’s ability to metabolise calories and therefore any food you eat and thus the extra calories will be primarily stored as fat.

Red Wine

Red wine actually holds a very privileged position amongst alcoholic drinks because there is a lot of evidence to show that it might actually be healthy!

Don’t get to carried away though if you’re a red wine fan because moderation is still essential, you still shouldn’t drink a glass every day.

That being said there is a lot of perceived health benefits to red wine.

These include its ability to boost omega-3 fatty acids, cancer prevention properties, and its high resveratrol content.

Resveratrol is a valuable compound that works like an antioxidant and it helps protect the body from damage.

It is found in the skin of red grapes so red wine is one of the prime sources of it.

White Wine

White wine can’t really match the perceived health benefits of red wine I’m afraid although it does have one advantage when it comes to weight loss.

White wines are typically lower in calories when compared to reds and especially beers.

But you also won’t see many of the benefits that come with reds like the potential for improving circulation around the heart.

White wine will typically only have very low levels of resveratrol as well or in some cases none at all.

Again the odd glass every now and again will usually be fine but you are usually better opting for the red.


Vodka is very low in calories like many other types of alcohol but it also as low levels of carbs as well.

The bad news is vodka is rarely drunk straight on its own, it is usually mixed with a sugary drink like orange juice or coke or used as the base for a bigger mixed cocktail.

These extra additions might not seem like a lot but they quickly add up so if you are a vodka fan try to drink it straight.

Me mindful though this will usually mean a higher amount of alcohol per glass and that isn’t a good thing if you are trying to lose weight.


Let’s finish up with the most celebratory drink of all champagne!

Champagne is a form of fizzy wine and therefore it is very similar to white wine in many respects although it will typically have fewer calories per glass and it will also usually have some level of resveratrol content much like red wine.

The resveratrol content won’t be as high as it is in red wine but it still there alongside other antioxidants.

Research also found that champagne can improve blood pressure and help lower the risk of heart disease.

But still, moderation is important so you are best sticking to a single glass.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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