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Diet Tip: Skip The Predinner Cocktail

When eating out, oftentimes a predinner cocktail and dinner go hand-in-hand. However, if you are trying to lose weight or even just eating for health, the cocktail may not be the best idea.

Not only does a predinner cocktail add a few hundred calories to your dinner, before ever eating a single bite, it also inhibits your ability to make healthy and rational food choices. The burger and fries could look a lot more tasty after you've downed a vodka tonic, whereas if you just stick to water and then have that cocktail with dinner, making healthy decisions may come a lot easier. Maybe you'll still have that burger, but skip the fries and opt for a side salad. Or maybe once you check out the dessert menu, you'll decide to skip the booze altogether so you can indulge on chocolate cake.

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EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
I must say I rally have problems resisting red wine, it's much easier not too touch the snacks than not having my little glass of red wine...
tjzchouse tjzchouse 8 years
We all make calorie choices. A vodka tonic (made w/diet tonic) only has about 70 calories. I can do without the Buffalo wings for an appetizer! It comes down to personal preference.
kalaloughary kalaloughary 8 years
I like cranberry juice and vodka someone told me to drink that while on a diet, do you think that is still bad?
kt1783 kt1783 8 years
It's so hard to resist a cocktail when all of your friends are having one!
misslarue misslarue 8 years
I'd much rather skip dessert and have my glass of wine!
grapas grapas 8 years
or you can try an apperitif like campari, which is famous in italy for stimulating the digestive juices and helping the food go down.
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