If you need to have a heady beer or a Guiness, etc., make it the first/second one. Maaaayybe even the third one. But just realize that these types of beers contain tons of carbs and calories. So, if you're going to binge drink this NYE, you'll want to switch it to light beer, because after a certain point, you're just drinking to get drunk right?
- Michelob Ultra - This is your best bet, coming in at only 2.6 carbs per serving. Guys, you may get made fun of by other guys for drinking one, but when the girls are caressing your abs on the dance floor, they won't make fun anymore. Trust me on this one.
- Miller Lite - If no Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite is your next best bet, coming in at only 3.2 carbs per serving. Served everywhere and you don't have to be embarassed to drink it.
- Coors Light/Amstel Light/Heinken Light - These all come in at 5.0 carbs per serving. If you're one of those people that need a really good tasting light beer that's not too watered down, go with Amstel Light or Heineken Light. They have the same amount of carbs as a Coors Light, but much better taste in my opinion.
- Bud Light - AVOID. This "light" beer comes in at 6.6 carbs per serving, which means that only one Bud Light already contains more than DOUBLE the amount of carbs as a Miller Lite. I don't care if there is a happy hour special on Bud Lights, spend the extra dollar and buy a Miller, because a couple of love handles are NOT worth a couple of saved bucks.
Rule of thumb - You want to keep it clear. Clear liquors like vodka and gin are your best bets here, as they contain the least amount of calories, with none of the sugars that other liquors have. However, the most important thing to remember is not so much what liquor you're drinking, but more so, what you're drinking WITH the liquor. The juices, sodas, sour mixes, and yes, even tonics, contain high amounts of sugar and calories, and are the culprits when it comes to weight gain after drinking mixed drinks. Man up and drink it straight, or mix it with club soda and put in a lime or lemon twist. It may be rough at first, but this right here is the difference between wearing skinny jeans, and ROCKING skinny jeans.
Wine is good because it contains antioxidants, but just realize that wine and champagne contain a substantial amount of calories. I generally don't have that big of a problem with these because a couple glasses of wine from time to time is not a big deal, and champagne is usually only brought out on special occasions, such as NYE. Even yours truly will indulge in a little champagne this New Year's. Of course, I make up for it in the gym, and so should you. Otherwise, the daily glasses of wine at night could be why your ass needs to take up two seats on the subway.
So there you have it, the Jakeover guide to drinking. Keep it light, keep it clear, keep it clean, and keep it up at the gym to compensate for these empty calories. IMPORTANT: While this may alleviate some of the guilt caused by binge drinking, it will not alleviate any of the guilt caused by hooking up with someone who is far less attractive than you in a drunken stupor ;) Happy New Years!
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