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#MassyMethodMondays: Ring In The New Year With These Diet-Friendly Cocktails

New Year's Eve is around the corner, and a glass of bubbly champagne may be on the menu as you welcome 2016.  If you’re trying to watch what you eat during the holiday season, I have bad news for you: the drinks — not the food — can be the source of those added inches.

Alcohol is made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar. Due to its high sugar content, your favorite alcoholic beverage can carry seven whopping calories per gram. These calories, unlike calories found in healthy foods, are empty and have no nutritional value. Our body is a machine designed to store calories as fuel, such as carbohydrates, fats, and protein. But our bodies aren’t designed to store alcohol. Therefore, our system shifts its usual focus from burning fat into trying to detoxify the body of alcohol. This is where we get the word “intoxication."

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Don't worry: you can still enjoy a few drinks by making them a little bit "lighter." These calorie-saving tips will help you avoid those excessive calories while you’re treating yourself: 

1. If you are going for hard liquor, choose to mix it with non-sugary mixers. Instead of soda, try a orange or lime twist. On average you will be cutting 18-26 grams of sugar for every 6-8 ounces.

2. You can tell your bartender to use sugar-free syrups and zero calorie sodas while making your drink. Also ask to alternate your alcoholic drink with a “mocktail”, such as sparkling water and lime. This will help you keep your calories in check and keep the hangover at bay. Hydration is key!

3. Try ordering your favorite spirit on the rocks or choose one a non-sweetened flavor-infused vodka.

4. Are you a wine type of person? Ditch the wine for a bubbly glass of champagne. A glass of champagne or sparkling wine contains roughly around 80 calories, compared to the 120 found in red or white wine.

May you have a save holiday with your friends and family while enjoying you holiday events with less guilt. Drink responsibly and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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