What to drink on a diet: 13 spirits with the fewest non-alcohol calories
Everyone wants to lose weight in the new year, but none of us are willing to give up drinking. You don’t have to turn to Skinny Girl garbage to get drunk on a diet though. These 13 spirits give you the most booze for your caloric buck.
There’s no such thing as diet liquor because alcohol itself contains calories. The important thing is to make sure what you’re drinking gets the job done efficiently. You want the liquors with the highest percentage of calories from alcohol to ensure you aren’t wasting any of the precious calories you’ve been counting.
12/13. Jose Cuervo
Jose Cuervo Gold/Silver – 99.26% Calories from Alcohol, 96 calories per 1.5 oz.
Have no fear, everyone’s favorite tequila shot is a great choice if you’re trying to get drunk. It’s more prove that single ingredient shots are the only way to go.
11. Monarch Vodka
Monarch Citron Vodka – 99.26% CFA, 84 calories
The general assumption is that you should drink vodka if you’re on a diet. While works just fine, you’ll see it’s not your only option.
10. Crown Royal
Crown Royal Special Reserve – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
There’s no reason you can’t drink whisky while dropping pounds. Throw a couple rocks in a glass of brown, and watch the weight fall off
9. Myer’s Rum
Myer’s Original Dark Rum – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
People assume that because rum is often sweet that it’s high in calories. It turns out those people are idiots.
8. Ketel One
Ketel One – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
I used to order Ketel on the Rocks like it was water. My preferences in vodka have changed since then, but it’s good to know my habit was a healthy one.
7. Don Julio
Don Julio Blanco – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
If you like to sip your tequila instead of shoot it, Don Julio is here for you. Feel free to get drunk guilt-free off this agave juice.
Pendleton Whisky – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
The Canadians prove once again that you can drink whiskey on a diet, which is perfect when trying to recover from a poutine binge.
Stolichnaya – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
You see plenty of drunk Russians on the internet, but rarely do you see fat one. That’s because they’re all chugging Stoli right from the bottle.
4. Gordon’s Gin
Gordon’s Gin – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
It takes a bigger man than I to drink straight gin, so be sure whatever you’re mixing it with has zero calories or it’s off the list.
Absolut Vodka – 99.26% CFA, 96 calories
The fine folks at Absolut never let me down. You can chug vodka while admiring Andy Warhol all you want while dieting.
2. Knob Creek
Knob Creek Bourbon – 99.26% CFA, 120 calories
I’m happy to see my favorite bourbon made the cut. I’m attempting to lose weight, as you can tell, and there’s no way I could give up drinking Knob neat.
Everclear – 99.97% CFA, 226 calories
It may seem like 226 calories is a bad thing, but that’s nearly pure alcohol. You’d need almost 2.5x more of nearly all of the other spirits on the list to be as effective as Everclear. I’m sure the calories are the reason frats love it so much, too.
A few notes
These 13 brands represent the absolute highest percentage of calories from alcohol. Most other spirits aren’t far behind though, as you can see on GetDrunkNotFat. For reference, the highest beer on the list was Natty Ice at 86.49%. Of course none of this matters if you aren’t trying to optimize alcohol.
It should also be noted drinking while losing weight is tough. Alcohol takes priority in your system, so if you’re having a cocktail while eating a burger, even a relatively healthy one, that burger is going to sit until the alcohol is burned up.