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Trying to slim down this summer while maintaining my status as a weekend warrior.

Any suggestion on lower calorie drinks that do the trick?

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Apr 28, 2021 - 12:11pm

Tequila/soda is a pretty good way to go. I do like the Michelob ultra lineup - they have some odd flavors that don't seem like they should work, but are actually pretty solid. If you can stand them, seltzers do the job - I can't drink more than about 3 of them before they become sickeningly sweet. 

You aren't asking for this advice - but the other option is to get really, really disciplined throughout the week, and limit the damage on the weekends by not plowing down 12 pizzas on top of your drinks. 

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Apr 28, 2021 - 12:41pm

White Claws.

Generally you want things with very high % "calories from alcohol". Pure liquor is like this, like 99%. Wines are ~90%, light beers are low 90s. IPAs are low 80s. What's really bad are sugary cocktails and liqueurs which get you into the 50s. Look up the site GetDrunkNotFat. Whiskey-diets work (no calories from the soda means the calories from alcohol match the whiskey at 98% or 99%) but you can suck those down rapidly, especially with bar pours. It's also not always socially acceptable to drink liquor/mixed drinks.

So the answer is White Claws. Association with the outdoors, poolside, beach etc. and bro culture make them not exclusively a chick drink. They taste decent. ABV is a respectable 5%. Calories from alcohol matches vodka at 99% or whatever so very efficient. You can't rapidly suck them down like you can with bar made whiskey diets so it's easy to pace yourself respectably well. And they come in a can, so you can make aggressive movements with your hands without spilling anything.

Apr 28, 2021 - 12:51pm

Yeah White Claws are good. My favorite flavors:

1. Lemon

2. Mango

3. Grapefruit 

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Apr 28, 2021 - 1:01pm

Wine for sure. I'm never satisfied after drinking white claws, always feel kind of crappy tbh

But wine or a nice wheat beer / IPA feels awesome. Stouts & porters are nice too but more if you're in the mood vs. all-purpose

Apr 28, 2021 - 1:07pm

Sequoia

Wine for sure. I'm never satisfied after drinking white claws, always feel kind of crappy tbh

But wine or a nice wheat beer / IPA feels awesome. Stouts & porters are nice too but more if you're in the mood vs. all-purpose

This doesn't sound low calorie.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 28, 2021 - 1:14pm

Sequoia

Wine for sure. I'm never satisfied after drinking white claws, always feel kind of crappy tbh

But wine or a nice wheat beer / IPA feels awesome. Stouts & porters are nice too but more if you're in the mood vs. all-purpose

Just take a shot of tequila and eat a loaf of bread if you're casually drinking stout/porter

Apr 28, 2021 - 2:07pm

sloppysteve123

Sequoia

Wine for sure. I'm never satisfied after drinking white claws, always feel kind of crappy tbh

But wine or a nice wheat beer / IPA feels awesome. Stouts & porters are nice too but more if you're in the mood vs. all-purpose

Just take a shot of tequila and eat a loaf of bread if you're casually drinking stout/porter

lolol 😂

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 28, 2021 - 8:11pm

Ends up always being a wild night or insane hangover with that for me for some reason.

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Apr 28, 2021 - 1:17pm

The best is club soda + liquor of choice. Handsdown the lowest calorie drink. 

Shameless plug for an old classmate: AVEC drinks are low cal mixers that are pretty damn good (if you're looking for something besides club soda) that you mix with hard liquor.

What gets lost is those hard seltzers are malt liquor+ natural flavors/aspartame, aka the hangover express. They report lower calories but it's kinda like drinking a bunch of Diet Coke, which technically has 0 calories but I think we all know isn't great for you. 

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Apr 28, 2021 - 1:55pm

I don't fucking care what anyone else thinks, but vodka-water with a lime or lime juice is cash. Tastes like virtually nothing and doesn't make me gassy or bloated from too much carbonation in vodka-sodas or claws

Apr 28, 2021 - 2:08pm

agreed

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 28, 2021 - 3:52pm

Yeah hydrating is essential. I chug a ton of water after drinking as well and can't remember the last time I've had a hangover. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 28, 2021 - 5:36pm

haha

dude whoa though I just thought about your dad and everything and you're still not deterred from cigs....

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 28, 2021 - 6:15pm

Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎

haha

dude whoa though I just thought about your dad and everything and you're still not deterred from cigs....

Eh, meant it ironically.

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Apr 28, 2021 - 8:32pm

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