• Only fill your glass halfway.
• Make every second drink water.
• Keep the opened wine bottle in the fridge or cupboard, not on the table, where it’s easier to reach for a refill.
• Swap white wine for spritzers.
• Keep adding ice cubes.
• Choose small glasses (a “glass of wine” used to be one unit; now—thanks to more generous glass sizes—it’s two). And do be aware of visual illusions: research shows that people pour 28% more into short, wide glasses than tall ones.
• Watch your mixers. Soda water, lemon, and lime juice are the best bet; orange juice will double the calorie count of a vodka shot.
• Choose at least one night a week when you give alcohol a pass.
THE CALORIES IN YOUR GLASS
Alcohol has around seven calories per gram, nearly twice that of protein or carbs, and is almost as calorific as fat. Brands and serving sizes will differ, but the following list gives a rough idea of the average calories in your drink.
|Champagne||1 glass (4 oz.)||90|
|White wine||1 glass (4 oz.)||85|
|Red wine||1 glass (4 oz.)||80|
|Shot of gin||1 ounce||55|
|Shot of vodka||1 ounce||55|
|Rum & Diet Coke||9 oz.||55|
|Glass of Baileys||1.3 oz.||120|
|Red Bull||8 oz.||110|
|Orange juice||8 oz.||115|
|Lemon juice||1 tablespoon||4|
|Lime juice||1 tablespoon||4|