5 delicious, low-calorie alcoholic drinks to enjoy and still lose fat, from Alexander Skarsgard's trainer
- Personal trainer Magnus Lygdbäck shared his favorite low-calorie, healthier alcoholic drinks.
- Lygdbäck, who is also a nutritionist, works with celebrities including Alexander Skarsgård and Gal Gadot.
You don't need to cut alcohol out of your diet completely to reach your fitness or fat loss goals if you don't want to, according to celebrity trainer and nutritionist Magnus Lygdbäck.
In a YouTube video uploaded on September 4, Lygdbäck, shared his favorite "low-calorie, healthy" alcoholic drinks for people who "want to enjoy a drink and not lose that six-pack, or maybe work your way to a six-pack."
To lose fat, you need to be in a calorie deficit, consuming less energy than you're burning, including from alcohol. Alcohol has seven calories per gram. Fat has nine calories, and carbs and protein both have four.
"Fat loss is always about calories in and calories out," Lygdbäck told Insider. "Most drinks contain a lot of calories in the form of sugar and alcohol. So if you want to lose fat while being able to enjoy a glass, make sure to pick low-calorie ingredients for your drink."
"Please remember, just because these drinks are lower in sugar and calories doesn't mean you should drink more," Lygdbäck told Insider.
1. Aperol Spritz
"A sugar-free wine is as 'healthy' as it gets since its low in calories and doesn't contain sugar that will add calories and spike blood sugar," Lygdbäck told Insider.
Fill a wine glass with ice, fill with 1/3 wine and 1/3 Aperol, then top up with sparkling water. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice.
2. Vodka Soda
"A vodka soda is very low in calories and super simple to make," Lygdbäck said.
Put some ice in a glass, pour in 1.5 ounces of vodka, and top up with sparkling water and some optional lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon slice.
3. Whiskey Sour
Lygdbäck uses agave in his sour, but said maple or any other syrup would also work.
Fill a shaker with ice, add two ounces of whiskey, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce syrup, and shake well.
Strain into a glass over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
4. Watermelon and White Wine Spritzer
This is one of Lygdbäck's favorite drinks, and the recipe makes four servings, he said.
Add two cups of chopped watermelon to a blender with two cups of white wine (Lygdbäck again uses Unsweet 0% sugar wine) and some agave syrup, and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into glasses and top up with sparkling water, then garnish with a watermelon wedge.
5. Yuzu Fizz
Lygdbäck's number one drink requires only two ingredients: dry cava and yuzu sake.
"What I love about this sake is that you get some citrus flavor but it's still a little bitter which mixes really well with the cava," he said. "It's a nice fruity drink that's not too sweet."
Pour some yuzu sake into a champagne flute then top up with the cava.
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