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Can you have Alcoholic Drinks When Dieting?

Everything I read says "no alcohol or limit alcohol" when on a diet. Is this true for mixed drinks as well? I thought that straight alcohol - like shots -- had 0 calories??? If you mix that with fruit juice or diet soda....should be good to go! I was my lightest weight (25lbs lighter) when I was drinking every weekend -- maybe I was dehyrdated?

Fri. Jul 21, 9:43am

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Alcohol definitely has calories. You can drink as long as you drink in moderation and account for the calories by eating less that day. When I'm serious about losing weight, I cut down on alchohol considerably--not just to cut out the empty calories, but also to prevent myself from the relaxed attitude I get about eating when I'm tipsy.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 9:50 AM

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Those adds on TV must have misled you -- spirits have no carbs, but they definitely have calories. Check the Calorie Wiki, I think it comes to 65 calories an ounce, and a standard shot/serving in a mixed drink is 1.5oz, so about 100 calories.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 9:55 AM

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I discovered on my last vacation that it wasn't the alcohol itself that caused me problems, it was my poor food choices I made when I was tipsy or drunk. I'd have a couple margaritas, fine, but then the chips and guac would come out and I'd devour them, oops.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 10:27 AM

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A shot has about 80 calories in it. Add that to diet soda, and 1 drink has 80 cals. Add that to juice, which is very high cal, and your one drink is probably more like 200 calories.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 10:53 AM

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Friday, July 21, 2006, 2:37 PM

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