By Bridget Creel
The Daily Meal

When it comes to drinking beer, you are usually measuring a lot more than just the alcohol content. Beer tends to contain plenty of calories and carbohydrates, which are off limits to people trying to lose weight. With that being said, beggars can be choosers when it comes to finding the healthiest light beer options, and there are some beers that will not hurt your waistline as much as you'd think. With beers, you will have to decide which you’d rather avoid: calories or carbohydrates.

If you are drinking for a mission, these beers may not be for you. Lights beers typically have a lower alcohol percentage, so be sure you know your motivation before drinking your calories. It will defeat the purpose if you have to drink several light beers to get the same feeling as you would from one regular beer.

Similar to wine, beer -- in moderation -- can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight or not, you should monitor your alcohol consumption during a tailgate. "Drink a glass of water or two in between alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated," says Lori Zanini, spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “[and] moderate the number of drinks you have."

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