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Pick your poison is so real.
If you're on your way to a healthier life or halfway into your weight loss journey, you already know this...
You might even have a screenshot of a low calorie drink chart on your phone.
But, what if I told you it's not JUST the calories keeping you from achieving your weight loss goal? That, the real cause of your hangover, stomach bloating, inflammation, and weekly detox routine could actually be avoided all together?
Behold, the three main culprits secretly sabotaging your progress and body over the weekends, despite choosing low calorie options, are carbs, sugar, and the quality of your beverage selection.
Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Yup, five gin and tonics later and those 13 grams of carbs and 18 grams of sugar add up to more than just severe dehydration and a fitness pal recalculation.
The cheap gin on your tab is the reason you needed five drinks to catch feels. The 90g of sugar made you crave Taco Bell. The 65g of carbs are now stored instead of processed because you stopped for Taco Bell (I know, I thought gin and tonics were low calorie too).
What's the real reason you feel awful after a night of drinking? You've most likely over-ingested carbs and sugars, not just calories.
The good news? A simple swap in your alcoholic choices can lead to a better morning and give your body a much-needed break from the carbs, sugars, and additives found in your preferred drink.
Here are the top 5 alcoholic drinks that are the MOST alkaline and calorie friendly for your body and waist line:
| Carbs: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Quality: Johnny Walker + Glenlivet | Mixer: None (or) Splash Water + Muddled Fruit + Ice| Citrus: Orange + Cherry
2. Dry Vodka Martini
| Carbs: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Quality: Grey Goose | Mixer: Soda Water (or) Seltzer (or) Water (or) Olive Juice| Citrus: Lemon + Olive
| Carbs: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Quality: Patron | Mixer: Soda water (or) Seltzer| Citrus: Lime + Lemon + Orange + Grapefruit
4. Champagne + Sparkling Wine
| Carbs: 1.5g | Sugar: 2g | Quality: Veuve Clicquot + Nino Franco| Mixer: None (or) Seltzer| Citrus: |Lemon Twist + Strawberry
| Carbs: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Quality: Old Admiral Brandy| Mixer: None (or) Splash Soda Water (or) Seltzer | Citrus: |Orange + Cherry + Peach
Remember, quality over quantity.
The higher the quality, the less quantity needed, and this is especially true with fine wines (moths fly out of wallet, hides receipt).
Pairing high quality alcohol with citrus and water will help your body process the alcohol faster while maintaining hydration. The more carbs and sugar you ingest, the longer it takes your body to process, and the more your body starts to overheat, leaving you with a higher chance of cravings and a hangover.
Avoid the next morning chaos and stick to quality beverages low in additives, carbs, and sugar; not only will this impact your weight, it will impact the way your body reacts to alcohol, and it might even change your relationship with inflammatory foods and beverages.
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