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Will Drinking Make You Fat?

When it comes to enjoying a drink, many of us are mindful of the impact it might have on our fitness and diet goals. Alcohol is notorious for being a huge culprit for weight gain & belly fat, but does that mean you have to cut out your favourite drinks entirely to stay fit? Not necessarily!

At IST Hard Seltzer, we believe life’s too short not to have fun. Sometimes, there's nothing better than unwinding with friends over a drink and creating lasting memories. Drinking is now a central part of the way we socialize and celebrate life’s moments. It’s important to find a balance—having a great time, while still maintaining your fitness and diet goals. With IST Hard Seltzer, you can have the best of both worlds: delicious, low-calorie drinks that keep you on track with your health goals without sacrificing the joy of unwinding and socializing.

Let’s explore the calorie content of various alcoholic beverages and see why IST Hard Seltzer stands out as the best choice for those who are health-conscious.

Calorie Content of Popular Alcoholic Beverages

  1. Cocktails: Depending on the ingredients, a single cocktail can range from 150 to over 500 calories. For instance, a Margarita can contain around 300 calories, and a Piña Colada can pack a whopping 500 calories or more due to its sugary mixers and high alcohol content.

  2. Mixers: While spirits like gin, vodka, and whiskey are relatively low in calories, the mixers you choose can drastically increase the calorie content of your drink, often loaded with hidden sugars.

  • For example, a 300 ml can of Schweppes Tonic Water contains 8.8 grams of sugar per 100 ml. This means one can have a total of 27 grams of sugar! To put this into perspective, if you enjoy three gin and tonics in one evening, you’re consuming 47 grams of sugar just from the tonic water. That’s equivalent to the amount of sugar found in a large slice of cake. This high sugar intake can lead to weight gain and other health issues. It’s often the same with fruit juices & other mixers!

  1. Beers: Regular beers typically contain between 150 to 200 calories per 350 ml serving. Craft beers and speciality brews can have even higher calorie counts, sometimes reaching up to 350 calories.

  2. Wines: A 150 ml glass of wine generally has about 120 to 130 calories. Dessert wines and fortified wines like port can contain upwards of 200 calories per glass due to their higher sugar content.

Why Hard Seltzer is the Best Choice

IST Hard Seltzer contains only about 99 calories per 330-ml bottle. It has only 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of carbs in the entire 330-ml bottle, making it an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy a drink without derailing their waistlines. It is also made with all-natural flavours and entirely gluten-free ingredients. Other than the Low-Calorie, Low Sugar and Low Carbs, here’s why IST is a smarter option:

  • Hydration: Hard seltzers are made with sparkling water, which can help you stay more hydrated compared to other alcoholic beverages. Proper hydration is key to maintaining your fitness and diet goals.

  • Fewer Ingredients: Hard seltzers usually contain fewer ingredients, which means fewer additives and preservatives. This simplicity can be better for your overall health.

Enjoying Other Drinks the Smart Way

If you prefer spirits, you can still enjoy them in a healthier way by choosing low-calorie mixers or diluting them with soda water or sparkling water. Here are some tips:

  • Gin and Soda Water: Mix gin with soda water and a splash of lime for a refreshing, low-calorie drink. A Gin and Soda (with two shots of Gin) contains 120 calories.

  • Vodka and Sparkling Water: Combine vodka with sparkling water and a hint of your favorite fruit for flavor without the sugar. A drink made with 60 ml vodka and 120-ml of club soda contains just 128 calories.

  • Whiskey and Water: A classic mix of whiskey and water can help you enjoy your drink without adding unnecessary calories. Generally, a standard 30-ml shot of whiskey contains around 96 calories. Higher-proof whiskeys will generally pack more calories. For instance, a shot of 100-proof whiskey would contain around 110 calories.

However, instead, we’d suggest you give IST Hard Seltzer a try for a perfect mix of taste, refreshment & calories!

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