Terrified of Holiday Weight Gain? Avoid These Drinks Like the Plague

The holiday season is all about celebrating and indulging—in moderation. One of the easiest ways to lose control of your health and weight-loss goals during the holidays is by failing to consider the impact of liquid calories (that means you creamy white Russian and delicious Chestnut Praline Latte). 

Here's what you need to know to sip smart this holiday season.

6 Diet-Busting Holiday Drinks

  1. Eggnog. With all that, cream, sugar and eggs, just a cup off eggnog packs a whole lotta calories: 224, to be exact, plus about 11 grams of fat. And let's be honest, does anyone really drink just one cup?
  2. White Russian. Creamy deliciousness in a glass, the White Russian is an ever popular holiday drink. But think before you drink. A typical White Russian will set you back 355 calories, not to mention 13 g fat. Yikes!
  3. Gingerbread Latte. The Starbucks holiday favorite checks in at 360 calories for a grande, with whole milk and whipped cream. You’d be better off eating regular ol' gingerbread. A homemade square has 263 calories.
  4. Chocolate Martini. As for the chocolate martini, made with vodka, chocolate liqueur, cream and dark crème de cacao, it has roughly 440 calories. Not so tempting now, is it?
  5. Hot Buttered Rum. Made with rum, loads of butter and brown sugar, a Hot Buttered Rum weighs in at roughly 350 calories per eight ounces. Not cool. 
  6. Mulled Wine. Mulled wine has a combines red wine, sweetener, spices, and orange and lemon peel for roughly 270 calories per 5 ounces. It has a lower calorie count than the rest on this list, but you'd still be better off with a glass of dry red wine and a cinnamon stick (125 calories).

Now that you know how these popular drinks stack up, choose wisely or limit the amount you intend to have in an outing. Instead of sitting out on the holiday cheer try one of these healthier (lower sugar + carbs) options:

  • Champagne. Four ounces of champagne is roughly 90 calories, while the same amount of red wine is 100 calories. Serving sizes for champagne are generally smaller than other alcoholic beverages too, keeping the calorie count even lower. Plus, some studies show the bubbles may make people drink slower or feel full more quickly. Champagne, FTW!
  • Gin and Tonic. With tonic counting for only 10 calories an ounce, it's the perfect accompaniment to a top-shelf gin (or vodka).A G+T will set you back 148 calories.
  • Vodka Soda. Since soda water has zero calories, all you have to account for is the alcohol. Go ahead and order another. A vodka soda has 96 calories. 

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