When you're trying to lose weight, the biggest bummer of all isn't giving up chocolate cake or hitting the gym five days per week — it's having to quit drinking. Seriously, grabbing drinks is one of the most social activities of all time. And abstaining from a beer or rosé can be tough in a lot of settings. Luckily, we've got a little hack that helps you sneak in a glass every now and then. You've just got to know which bottles to pop.
If you love red wine, stick to merlot, pinot noir or rosé. According to Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet, they each contain about 88 calories, 3 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugar per glass.
Steer clear of marsala and sherry, though. Those glasses are loaded with 164 calories, 14 grams of carbs and 8 grams of sugar.
When it comes to lighter white wines, opt for chardonnay, white zinfandel or sauvignon blanc. Zuckerbrot notes that these picks are all under 85 calories, with 2.6 grams carbs and 1 gram of sugar per glass.
What you definitely need to avoid are sweet dessert wines like riesling or moscato, which can clock in at upwards of 160 calories per glass, 12 grams of carbs and 8 grams of sugar per glass.
No matter which varietal you choose to pour, you've got to stick to a 5-ounce serving. So, as tempting as it is to fill that giant balloon glass with a little somethin' extra, you should try to stay strict. "Current research has linked drinking one glass (5oz) per day for women (two for men) to reducing your risk of a number of chronic diseases," says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "Whichever type of vino you choose, just make sure you're staying on top of hydration (at least a glass of H2O for every glass of wine you have!) and avoiding mixed wine drinks with added sugar (like pre-made sangria or sugary alcohol mixers). Those can add extra calories from added sugar quickly, which negates any of the benefits you get from imbibing regularly in moderation."
There you have it.