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 poolside beer or ice cold rosé can make for a torturous summer when all your friends are busy boozing. 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.
What’s more, the old adage that “moderation is key” remains true here as well. Zuckerbrot made a perfect point in a recent interview with Women’s Health: “Just treat it like any other indulgence by adding up your calories for the day or week to determine how much wiggle room you have and where wine can fit in.”
So, my fellow winos, that means only one glass per night.