For people who are trying to lose weight on slimming world, drinks can be a sneaky source of syns and calories which can ruin your progress.
Luckily, a cheeky glass of gin and tonic or a soda will not ruin your weight loss as long as you count the syns per glass.
Down below we've composed the ultimate list of low syn alcoholic drinks and regular drinks to keep you on track while enjoying yourself on the plan!
Before we dive into our low syn drinks list, let's, first of all, discuss whether or not alcohol is allowed in the slimming world and if it will affect your weight loss.
Slimming world allows alcoholic drinks on their diet within moderation, however, they always suggest their users prevent drinking over the tipping point which is around three large glasses of wine.
This is because, after the tipping point, users are more likely to go on and make unhealthy food choices.
Down below we have our ultimate list of alcoholic drinks to keep you on track on the weekends while still losing weight!
Red and white wine is often regarded as high in calories and syns, but on average, for a 125 ml glass of dry white your looking at using 5 syns and for a 125ml glass of red wine this will cost you about 5 syns too.
The key to drinking wine is to drink it within moderation on the plan, the lower percent the lower the syn values too.
Echo falls is an excellent low syn wine to choose from, having just 5 syns for a 175ml glass from their summer berries version.
You could have up to three glasses of this wine before using up your daily syn allowance for the day.
Most people assume a drink like rum would be off-limits when dieting, however, when measured, this drink is the same in syns as a glass of wine for a double shot.
For example, a 25ml shot of Captain Morgan spiced rum has 2.5 syns, a double shot would cost you 5 syns, while a 100ml pour would use 10 syns, it's all about the amount your drinking.
Choosing a vodka lime and soda on a night out is an excellent choice for slimmers, one glass will likely only use between 3-5 syns. This is because vodka measures at 3 syns for a 25ml vodka shot, if you pair this with a calorie-free soda cordial it would be 3 syns or an extra 1 in addition.
Still, three Vodka lime and sodas could use up to 10 syns of your allowance, always check how much sugar your lime cordial has too.
There's nothing like settling back on the sofa with a classic G&T, and good news, this drink is low syn too! A standard gin and tonic have around 5 syns, but when mixed with a slimline tonic this can be reduced to 3 syns!
Allowing you to potentially have up to 5 G&T's before using up all of your syn allowances!
Believe it or not, prosecco is one of the lowest alcoholic drinks out there having just 4 syns a glass for an 11% bottle.
You could drink up to at least three glasses before nearing your daily syn allowance.
Pina Coladas on average have around 12 syns a glass, similar to other cocktails such as espresso martinis.
Most of the syns in these cocktails comes from coconut milk and sugar, but you could always make your own at home for half of the syns.
There's no reason as to why you can't enjoy a lager on the slimming world plan within moderation, a 4% pint of lager will set you back around 9 syns however there are some lighter options such as Corona light which only have 4 syns a bottle for slimmers.
The higher the percentage of lager then the more calories and syns your drink will have.
Not only do you need to be careful with the syns in alcoholic drinks but you also should watch out for syns in regular drinks like soda and juices.
We've got you covered with our low syn list below!
A great syn free to drink to dry instead of your regular soda is coke zero, this is syn free on slimming world compare to regular coke which has 5.5 syns in a glass.
Since coke zero is sweetened with sweetener too, you also cut around 20g of sugar, making it the better choice for your weight loss.
Most people stay away from peach iced tea when dieting since these drinks can often be loaded with sugar, however, they might not be as bad as you think, with Lipton peach iced tea having 2.5 syns for a glass.
We would still suggest drinking this tea in moderation however since its natural sweetener contains up to 11g of sugar per glass.
If you're a lover of hot chocolate, then options hot chocolate with a splash of milk is a must-have for you on the slimming world plan.
On average, these hot chocolates have just 2 syns a sachet, making them low in syns compared to an average small hot chocolate with semi-skimmed milk having 8 syns.
This makes diet energy drinks a great choice to save syns, they often are sugar-free as well as syn free, while still giving you the caffeine you need.
A standard bottle of regular Pepsi can cost you 5.5 syns, Pepsi max however is syn free on the slimming world plan thanks to it being sugar and calorie-free.
We would still however drink this carbonated drink in moderation since it contains sweeteners that should not be consumed in excess.
Switching to skinny lattes rather than regular lattes on the slimming world plan can save you a large amount of syns, for example, a standard latte at Costa will use 6 syns for one latte while a Skinny latte from Costa has 3 syns.
The same goes for coffee sachets and pods, we would always suggest using skinny latte options rather than full-fat latte ones and enjoy them with your sweetener of choice.
Regular tonic water can be especially high in syns, at around 2 syns for a 150ml glass, Fever tree, however, have low syn tonic water starting at 2 syns for 200ml and use natural ingredients for their sweetening.
Although orange juice is high in sugar it can be drunk in moderation on the slimming world plan, it's worth noting that unconcentrated orange juice has fewer syns than concentrated orange juice due to the difference in strength.
On the average glass of orange juice will only use around 2.5 syns - 3 syns for 150ml.
If you are a regular drinker but hate the syns beer has, then Bavaria non-alcoholic is a great slimming alternative.
This beer and other non-alcoholic beer on average have around 4 syns for a 330ml beer, while a regular beer could have up to 8 for the same amount, making it an excellent choice for cutting syns with.
If you are an alcohol drinker, you might be wondering about the best way to cut down your alcohol consumption while you on the plan to see the best results with your weight loss.
We've listed some essential tips below.
To conclude, we hope you've found some new go-to low syn drinks to fall back on while you're on the slimming world diet. Always measure out your drinks and opt for lighter and diet options of the same drinks when possible.
If drinking alcohol, avoid drinking past your tipping point on the plan to prevent yourself from making unhealthy food choices.