Drinking alcohol regularly has the potential to be detrimental for those looking to lose weight as calories consumed through drinking are often overlooked or forgotten about. You may work hard and be extremely diligent with your nutrition during the working week and then the weekend comes. You may find yourself on a night out and it suddenly becomes very difficult to track how many calories you are actually consuming through drinking. Without realising it, you exceed, not just your daily target, but your weekly calorie target which has a knock-on effect on your weight loss progress.
How many calories in a beer and other popular alcoholic drinks?
- 330ml bottle of budweiser = 132,
- 350ml bottle of Angry Orchard = 190,
- 175ml glass of red or white wine = 159.
Because calories and carbs in beer tend to be quite high, many manufacturers have latched onto the low calorie train to appeal to those who are health conscious or those looking to lose weight. Part of the problem with creating a low calorie beer is the fact that alcohol is relatively high in calories. There are 7 calories per gram of alcohol, which is fairly high when compared to other macronutrients. Carbohydrates and protein have only 4 calories per gram and fat has 9 calories per gram.
It is now common to find low carb beer, low calorie or “light” beer being sold alongside the original brand. But, are these beers actually as low in calories as they suggest and do they actually taste anything like the original? Well, yes, light beer calories can be as low as just 2 digits… less than 100 calories! Whether they taste as good as the original, that is up to you to decide.
Let’s cover a few light options that keep the calories down but still provide great taste…
1) Micholob Ultra
This pale lager comes with only 95 calories whilst still carrying that signature Micholob taste despite a 55 calorie difference between the Original and the Ultra.
2) Coors Light
Probably one of the most well known “light” beers. It just creeps over the 100 calorie mark at 102 calories, however, it is still markedly down on the original beer which has 150. It also passes the taste test as it does have a very similar taste to the original.
3) Corona Light
Following in a similar vane, Corona have managed to replicate the great taste of Corona in a light beer and have kicked 50 calories out. Corona Light comes in just under the 100 calories mark at 99. Just remember, if this is your drink of choice, please stick a wedge of lime in the bottle neck!
4) Bud Light
Budweiser, the go-to American beer which is available almost everywhere. Budweiser recently introduced their version of a light beer in Bud Light. It is slightly higher in calories than the aforementioned beers but still only has 110 calories per bottle. You can now purchase Bud Light in two fruity favours too – Lime and Orange.
5) Sam Adams Light
This beer wins best tasting low carb beer, in my opinion. Although it is slightly higher in calories than many of its competitors (119 calories), it is very smooth and tastes delicious. It also has half the amount of carbs than the original lager.
6) Omission Ultimate Light
Perhaps a lesser known beer but a fantastic option for those looking for flavour, taste and low calories. This Golden Ale provides 99 calories, has a smooth citrus twist and is the perfect choice for those looking for a gluten free option.
7) Budweiser Select
Budweiser Select is one of the lowest calorie beers and best low carb beers that you can purchase. It perhaps does not provide the same kind of taste as the original Budweiser, however, it does only have 55 calories and 1.1g of carbs per bottle.
These are just a few options that you can choose in order to keep calories down and still enjoy great tasting beer. Selecting a light option is a great idea if you are looking to lose weight, however, always double check that the light beer you are purchasing is actually low in calories as some “light beers” can be deceptive and may still be relatively high.