Fiftysomething Diet: What Alcohol Can You Drink While Dieting?

Dieting can make you fatter, say scientists

New research shows cutting fatty foods from diets can make the body desire those food more at the end of the diet. Picture: TSPL

For skinnier cocktails, use lighter mixers. Calorie-free club soda is the lightest ingredient, but a splash of lime juice (8 calories per ounce) or a dash of tonic water (10 per ounce) are also wise choices. Bar Tip: Beware of pairing liquor with diet soft drinks . A recent study suggests it might leave you more intoxicated, as subjects drinking alcohol with a diet mixer had breath alcohol concentrations 18 percent higher than those who had drinks with sugar-sweetened mixers. Liqueurs: Sweet Indulgences Average calories: 85-115 per ounce; 150-170 per jigger Liqueurs, or cordials, are distilled spirits mixed with sugary sweeteners and flavorings like herbs, fruits, nuts and flowers. These additives make it probably your least diet-friendly cocktail-hour choice. Calories vary from brand to brand, but you can expect a jigger of coffee liqueur served in coffee or over the rocks to carry about 160 calories. A shot of almond-flavored amaretto is about the same, but when you add a splash or two of sweet-and-sour mix for a classic amaretto sour, the total rises to about 200 calories. In general, schnapps varieties tend to be a little lighter; peppermint schnapps, for example, has 125 calories per jigger. Bar Tip: If you enjoy liqueurs, be careful with portions. The sweet taste makes it easy to keep sipping, but the calories half from sugar and half from alcohol add up quickly.

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