With careful planning, any low-carb dieter can lose weight with a drink in their hand and a smile on their face. Bob Skilnik, author of "The Low Carb Bartender: Carb Counts for Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks and More" suggests that low-carb dieters consider setting up a boozy weight loss plan of attack for the upcoming year.
With the carbohydrate counts of over 1,000 beers, 400 wines, 60 liqueurs, and more than 200 low-carb mixed drink recipes included in The Low Carb Bartender: Carb Counts for Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks and More, the author agrees with doctors and nutritionists that moderation is the real key to losing weight and keeping it off.
"But before you grab for your favorite libation," advises Skilnik, "keep in mind that the supporting practices of portion control and personal responsibility should lead the pack in your weight loss approach. Some deprivation in eating and drinking choices during the earliest stages of a low-carbohydrate diet should gradually give way to a more moderate approach, with a goal of slow but consistent weight loss, eventually reaching your goal, and most importantly, keeping the weight off."
With this balanced approach in mind, here are a few tips that will help you achieve your weight loss goals while still enjoying a libation or two:
To give low-carb dieters a good base for enjoying a libation or two while counting carbs, here are some examples of great tasting low-carb mixed drinks that are also low in alcohol. Cutting the amount of alcohol used in a mixed drink in half will allow you to double up your servings, a trick that will get you through any party without going overboard.
2.5-ounces red wine
Fill highball glass with ice. Pour in red wine and seltzer or soda water. Garnish with lemon or lime twist.
Makes 1 serving. 1.94 carbohydrates (using Sutter Home Merlot with 3.8 carbs per 5-ounces)
Demi Panache, Shandy or Radler
6-ounces low-carb beer
Pour 6-ounces of ice cold low-carb beer and 6-ounces of diet lemonade into a chilled pilsner glass. Garnish with a thin lemon slice.
Makes 1 serving, 3.75 carbohydrates (using a low-carb beer with 2.5 carbs per 12-ounce serving)
4-ounces Diet V8 Splash, any flavor
Pour Diet V8 Splash into a tall flute glass. Gently top off with cold champagne.
Makes 1 serving, 3.5 carbohydrates (using Indigo Hills Brut Chardonnay Champagne with 4 carbs per 5-ounce serving)
Copyright 2004 Bob Skilnik. Published by Adams Media, an F+W Company. Reprinted with permission.
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