Most websites promoting fitness and weight loss discourage people from drinking alcohol. Most say that alcohol contributes to weight gain because of the empty calories. What most of these sites don’t tell you is just how many calories are in a shot of alcohol.
Rum is one of the most popular alcohols. There are many types and brands of rum including spiced rum, golden rum, light rum, dark rum, and premium rum. So just how many calories are in a shot of rum? Well it depends on the type of rum and the size of the shot.
Most shots are between one and 1.5 ounces. For our discussion we will assume a shot of rum is 1.5 ounces. The popular brand of 80 proof Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum has 100 calories in 1.5 ounces. No wonder weight loss experts say to avoid it. And that doesn’t even include the soda, syrup and other high calorie components that go along with the alcohol.
Generally the higher the proof, the higher the calorie level. A good rule of thumb for figuring out calorie count of your favorite liquor is to take the proof and subtract 15 from it. That will give you the approximate calories in one ounce. For example, 80 proof rum – 15 = 65 calories per ounce. 100 proof alcohol – 15 = 85 calories per ounce.
So keep your drinking to a minimum if you want to lose weight. Also try using diet soda.
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