Trying to eat healthy is difficult when we live in a world where unhealthy, processed foods are convenient, cheap and just taste so delicious; I'm looking at you mozzarella sticks. Now lets talk about trying to be healthy in your college and post college years because our kryptonite is shots, mixed drinks and shotgunning beers.
And the only way to be healthy is to be informed! So I might as well rip the band aid right off. Here is the shocking Calorie Count of our favorite drinks! I cried a bit while researching this.
SHOTS (1.5 oz)
Vodka- 96 cal per 1.5oz
Whiskey- 96 cal per 1.5oz
Tequila- 96 cal per 1.5oz
Bacardi Rum- 98 cal per 1.5oz
Gin- 110 cal per 1.5oz
Jagermeister- 111 cal per 1.5oz
Everclear (just to shock you)- 226 cal per 1.5oz
What the fuck.....?
So I guess the age old diet idea that clear liquor is better isn't exactly true. All these are pretty high in the calorie count and I didn't even add the chaser because I care about your happiness. But if you are just ripping shots with no chaser, more power to ya.
If you want a more in depth calorie count, GetDrunkNotFat has the count for different proofs and brands. Unfortunately the higher the proof the higher the calorie count, hence Everclear is similar to a McChicken.
Classic Mixed Drinks
Wine (5.2 oz)- 121 calories!!
Martini - 295 calories per 4 oz
Skinny Girl Margarita- 300 calories per 12 oz
Long Island Iced Tea- 529 calories per 12 oz
Vodka Tonic, no lemon or lime wedge- 169 calories for a highball glass (8.5oz)
Rum and Diet Coke- 172 calories per 12 oz
Gin & Tonic, no lime wedge- 255 calories per 12oz
Bloody Mary- 125 calories per 10oz
Vodka and Red Bull- 366 calories per 12 oz
If you want to compare the nutrition facts of your drinks to foods visit CalorieKing!
Bud Light Platinum- 137 calories per 12 oz
Bud Light- 110 calories per 12 oz
Miller Lite- 96 calories per 12 oz
Corona Light- 99 calories per 12 oz
Coors Light- 102 calories per 12 oz
PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon Light)- 113 calories per 12 oz
Amstel Light - 95 calories per 12 oz
Its clear that beer gets a bad wrap! Some of the beers have less calories then shots and all of them have less calories then the mixed drinks! So maybe we shouldn't call it a beer belly, just a drinking belly!
Man, I need a drink. All in all this list made very depressed, especially with the biggest drinking weekend of the summer coming up in 3 short days (4th of July obviously). So here is just a few short things to keep in mind while tossing a few back.
1. Go for the light beer, and the lighter liquor. Even though it has less alcohol it also has way less calories.
2. Avoid the sugary mixed drinks! Use tonic water if possible. But not regular water...I had a vodka water once and wanted to die.
3. Just say fuck it. If you avoid the drunk food and don't drink every day you'll be fine. And make sure you enjoy yourself when you do drink, no one wants a guilty drinking around.
I'd rather have a few drinks with my friends then calorie count any day. My abs won't make me laugh until I pee myself, but good friends and enough shots will!