How to enjoy a summer cocktail or two and still lose weight
Summer in Chicago is delightful. The sun is shining, restaurant patios open up and people are more social. To me, there’s nothing better than sitting outside and sipping a cocktail with friends after work.
The problem: summer drinking can really make the calories add up. My nutritionist, Keri Gans, says that during the summer, people often gain back the weight that they fought so hard to lose right before beach season began! Since the weather is warm, folks are out and about more, going to outdoor gatherings and drinking during the day—which can really start to pack on the pounds.
Her advice? Go for light beer, and if you’re drinking wine, replace half the glass with seltzer water to turn it into a spritzer while reducing calories. Likewise, when you’re having a mixed cocktail, like a screwdriver, swap half the juice for seltzer to slash the amount of sugar—and calories.
Most importantly, drink lots of water. Heat and alcohol can cause dehydration and make you feel hungry when, in reality, your body may be craving a nice cold glass of H2O!
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!