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Cocktail Breakdown

Holidays are a time to let loose and relax with friends. And with New Year's Eve coming up, most people are bound to be celebrating with a drink in their hand.

You may not know it, but many drinks can be a fattening fright. Calories from cocktails don't fill you up like calories from food. And after 1 or 2 drinks, you may be more likely to say yes to that chocolate fudge brownie sundae.

Here's the break down of some popular drinks:

Margarita: 740 cals, 56g carbs
Piña Colada: 644 cals, 90g carbs
Long Island Iced Tea: 780 cals, 44g carbs
White Russian: 425 cals, 26g carbs
Mai Tai: 350 cals, 30g carbs
Champagne Cocktail: 250 cals, 13g carbs
Fog Cutter: 225 cals, 13g carbs
Gin/Vodka and Tonic: 200 cals, 14g carbs
Mojito: 160 cals, 12g carbs
Cosmopolitan: 150 cals, 10g carbs

Fit's Tip: After every alcoholic drink, you should down 2 glasses of water to fill you up and keep you hydrated.

Want some ideas for smarter sips? Then

Champagne: At 100 calories, ringing in the New Year with this traditional fizzy drink won't wreak havoc on your waistline.

Wine Spritzer: With 3 ounces of wine and 3 ounces of club soda, these contain 60 calories and no fat.

Wine: Choose red wine for a healthier alternative - it's just 100 calories a glass.

Beer: Light or regular, a bottle of beer is a much better option than a cocktail. Regular beer has about 150 calories, while light beer has 100.

Vodka (or Gin) and Soda: 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits and diet or club soda will have less than 100 calories and no fat.

Another Fit's Tip: Whenever possible, make your cocktails yourself using healthier juices, lower calorie alcohol, and low-fat mixes.

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