Think twice before order­ing one of these drinks while on a diet.

It has long been known that drink­ing alco­hol is far from the best idea for those who want to lose excess weight, because alco­hol not only car­ries addi­tion­al calo­ries, but also harms eat­ing behav­ior in gen­er­al. How­ev­er, among the wide vari­ety of alco­holic drinks, there are those with which you should be espe­cial­ly care­ful if your goal is to get in shape.

Don’t self-med­icate! In our arti­cles, we col­lect the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence and opin­ions from respect­ed health experts. But remem­ber: only a doc­tor can make a diag­no­sis and pre­scribe treat­ment.

Sweet cocktails

Unusu­al, com­plex drinks not only have inter­est­ing names, but they also often con­tain a lot of calo­ries. The pop­u­lar Long Island cock­tail, for exam­ple, will cost you about 500 calo­ries per serv­ing. And that’s more than a dou­ble cheese­burg­er.

Wine

The aver­age glass of wine con­tains about 150 calo­ries, although this fig­ure may vary depend­ing on the type of drink. If wine is a favorite drink for adults, watch the amount you drink or dilute it by mix­ing it with a calo­rie-free drink. For exam­ple, you can cut your calo­ries in half by using a wine spritzer made of half wine and half sparkling water.

(Read also: How do alco­holic drinks pre­vent us from los­ing weight?)

Craft beer

One glass of craft beer can con­tain about 250–300 calo­ries (or even more). The rea­son for this dif­fer­ence com­pared to reg­u­lar beer is that craft beer often con­tains addi­tion­al ingre­di­ents (car­bo­hy­drates) that enhance its fla­vor. Addi­tion­al­ly, these beers tend to have a high­er alco­hol con­tent than com­mon­ly avail­able store-bought beers. And the more alco­hol, the more calo­ries.

Is there an alternative?

If you have a weight loss goal, remem­ber that mock­tails are always a good option. Quit­ting alco­holic bev­er­ages is the best way to reduce your alco­hol con­sump­tion. But you still need to watch what’s in soft drinks and choose low-calo­rie, or bet­ter yet, zero-calo­rie options.

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