For many, the start of a new year is the perfect time to make some changes to their life. The saying ‘new year, new me’ is plastered everywhere and stereotypically, one of the biggest things people tend to do in January is, start a new diet. Whether the aim to do lose some weight or get fitter, people kickstart this process after they’ve finished all of their new year celebrations.
A lot of people will automatically cut alcohol out of their life when starting a diet and there is no denying that it isn’t easy to do so. Of course, there are some alcoholic drinks that are incredibly high in calories and probably won’t work well in your new healthy lifestyle, however, you may be surprised to hear that gin doesn’t fall into this category.
For any gin lovers who got a set of good gin glasses for Christmas, has lots of bottles of gin leftover from the festive season or is eyeing up some new gin glasses to buy, Vemacity has put together 4 reasons why gin is actually perfect for your January diet.
Good on the calorie front
Yes, it’s true, gin is one of the least calorific spirits. It actually contains relatively few calories when compared to some soft drinks too. So, if calorie counting is part of your new diet then you’re safe to drink gin. Just make sure that you’re sensible with your measures and you’re choosing your mixers wisely.
Our top tip would be to choose a high-quality craft gin for your January tipple. This is because it won’t need lots of fake added flavours, the botanicals in the gin will create all the taste you need and you can save calories on a full flavour mixer.
Relatively low in sugar
As well as being low in calories, gin is also relatively low in sugar. Spirits, such as gin are highly distilled so should not contain sugars. Again, be careful with your mixer though, adding a sugary lemonade to your gin isn’t diet-friendly so stick to tonic or soda water and a dash of lime.
When it comes to keeping your drink low in sugars, make sure that you choose a gin rather than a gin liquor. Liquors contain more carbohydrates and also have a mixed range of sugars so, they aren’t the best for your January diet.
Less of a hangover
Sometimes, it isn’t what you drink on a night out that will ruin your diet, it’s the yummy hangover food you consume the next day that does the damage. Of course, if you do drink too much then there is no magic cure, you will get a hangover and feel pretty rough the next day. But, it is said that gin is one of the drinks that is least likely to give you a hangover.
Something called congeners, which are found in greater quantities in dark drinks like red wine and bourbon, are partly to blame for your hangover after drinking. Thankfully, clear drinks like gin contain fewer congeners so, your hangover won’t be as bad.
It eases bloating
Just when you think gin can’t get any better, it can even ease your bloating. It isn’t uncommon for people to suffer from bloating and not only does it feel horrible but it can be so frustrating when you’re trying hard on a diet. Thankfully, gin is here to save the day.
Juniper berries act as a natural diuretic, it increases urine output and therefore stops water retention causing bloating. The herbs used to make gin are also known for their role in aiding digestion. So, drinking gin will give you a much flatter stomach than other beverages.
Gin and your January diet
Of course, you should always be conscious of how much alcohol you drink and you should stick to the recommended units. But, all in all, gin definitely isn’t as bad for your diet as you may have originally thought, and if you’re having a drink in January then it should definitely be your tipple of choice. If you know any other gin lovers that are doing all they can to stick to the January diet then, let them know that they don’t have to go without their favourite drink, they can keep their fish bowl gin glasses out and feel no guilt.