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Diet & Nutrition

Five healthy alcoholic drinks that won't make you gain weight

All the fun, with none of the calories!

By Rebecca Sullivan
It is one of life's many great injustices that most alcoholic drinks are exceptionally high in calories and sugar.
Did you know that there are 563 calories in a McDonald's Big Mac, and up to 600 calories in a single bottle of wine? Terrifying.
Most of us avoid junk food like greasy burgers and fries, but probably wouldn't think twice about downing a bottle of wine with girlfriends on a Saturday night.
But there is a way to enjoy a drink while still sticking to your health and fitness goals.
We've rounded up five of the healthiest and lowest calorie alcoholic drinks, that have very few kilojoules and are low in sugar, so they're perfect if you're trying to lose weight or maintain your figure, especially during the silly season.

Vodka, lime and soda water

The famous dieter's drink. Getty
If you're wondering which alcoholic drink has the least sugar, you're looking at it.
This is the classic dieter's drink, thanks to its exceptionally low calorie content and total lack of sugar.
The zesty flavour from the fresh limes (make sure you ask your bartender for fresh limes, not sweetened lime cordial) is more than enough sweetness to flavour the drink.
Plus, the soda water provides you with extra hydration, crucial for warding off a painful hangover.

Tequila, lime and soda water

Ask for your drink in a tall glass to get more hydration from your soda water. Getty
If the clean flavours of a vodka, lime and soda are a little too plain for you, this is an excellent alternative.
Unlike a gin and tonic, which is flavoured with sugary tonic water, this classic drink is perfect for those hot summer afternoons where you want to stay hydrated (and lean!) but still let your hair down a little.
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Red wine

Kris Jenner enjoying a glass of red wine. Getty
Ah, red wine. Is there anything better after a long week at work?
Well, the good news is that red wine is the healthiest type of wine you can drink, thanks to its polyphenols, a type of micronutrient that's packed with antioxidants.
It's believe polyphenols can improve digestion issues, weight gain, diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases.

Vodka or gin martini

If you're looking for a sugar-free alcoholic drink, next time you're at a bar, order a delicious martini.
Clear spirits like vodka or gin are the healthiest spirits you can drink, thanks to their purity, low calorie content and lack of sugar.
Mixed with vermouth or olive juice, a martini is incredibly refreshing and the perfect way to indulge on a night out, without affecting your weight.
The addition of those delicious olives in your martini provides an awesome added health boost.
Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants, as well as healthy fats and fibre. They're a staple in the Mediterranean diet, the way of eating recommended time and time again by dietitians and nutritionists.

Bloody Mary

There is no hangover cure quite like a Bloody Mary! Getty
Ditch your weekend breakfast mimosa for a Bloody Mary and say farewell to all the sugar in your Champagne and orange juice concoction.
Bloody Marys contain tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and seasonings, and are often accompanied with some vegetable sides, such as celery, olives and pickled onions.
With zero sugar and very few calories - and with very healthy tomato juice acting as the main ingredient - this is an excellent choice if you want to indulge while on holidays or out at a boozy brunch with friends.

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