5 Skinny Cocktails

Fad diets don't help you keep off the weight in the long term. So what does work? The best diet is not a diet at all, but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise, and healthy habits.

Watermelon Mojito: 100 calories

A whole day of proper nutrition can plunge into the whirlpool of a cocktail - with insanely high calories and weakened willpower. So, we put a few drinks on the diet, starting with Cuban mojito. Instead of using sugar, use a wooden pestle or a large spoon to gently crush the cubes of watermelon with fresh mint leaves. Add rum and sparkling water for a sweet mojito with half the usual calories.

Simple Margarita: 170 Calories

Skip the syrupy mixes in crazy tones and you'll trim hundreds of calories from this Mexican cocktail. Measure the basics: a single shot of tequila, lime juice to taste and a splash of a triple second. Mix with ice and serve. Staying within moderate drinking - one for women and up to two drinks

Skinny Pina Colada: 229 Calories

Coconut-flavored rum can cut up to 300 calories from a pin of colada. What happened? Sugar, coconut milk mixture. Measure one shot of coconut rum. Then add fresh strawberries, a splash of agave syrup and mix with ice. You'll get a high, 12 oz tropical cocktail for about the same calories as a handful of pretzel.

Shochu Cosmo: 70 calories

Make a super-thin cosmopolitan, replacing vodka with a Japanese spirit I go with a mild taste. A 2 oz serving has only about 35 calories. Add a splash of diet cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, and orange juice, and then mix in a martini shaker. This cosmo shakes out half as many calories as traditional cosmopolitan.

Thin Berry Daiquiri: 145 calories

Simple, undecorated berries can help slim down strawberry daiquiri. Start with 1 cup of sugar free, fresh or frozen berries. You get an intense berry flavor for just 50 calories, compared to 255 calories in berries frozen with syrup. Add rum, ice and sweeten 1 teaspoon of stevia, a sugar substitute. Mix into a thin and tasty frozen mixture.

5 Skinny Cocktails

Water When you’re thirsty, reach for a glass of water -- your body will thank you for it. This naturally sugar-free option is good for you in many ways. Staying hydrated helps keep your body the right temperature, gets rid of waste, and even helps your joints move.