How to: Catch a Low-Calorie Buzz

Many Central Michigan University students count the calories in their food and visit the Student Activity Center to try and get the best beach body they can.

However, students don’t realize the beverages they consume at the ever-famous O’Kelleys Sports Bar & Grille on those special Tuesdays and on the weekends can be holding them back from making progress on getting those sculpted abs.

Take a look at the calorie count of many popular beverages and try some of these lower-calorie alternatives.

Swap This Drink: Vodka and Red Bull (206 calories)

Try This Drink: Vodka and Water (70 calories)

An average vodka and Red Bull has 27.7 grams of carbohydrates and 26.3 grams of sugar.

The energy drink will also keep you awake with more energy, which will lead to you consuming even more calories than you planned. Late night snacks anyone?

Reduce your calorie intake and reduce the carbs and sugar by swapping out Red Bull for water.

Swap This Drink: 24-ounce Heineken (300 calories)

Try This Drink: 12-ounce Bud Light (110 calories)

Bud Light has about 6.6 grams of carbs in a 12-ounce glass compared to the 23 grams of carbs in a 24-ounce Heineken.

In addition to the compared nutritional facts, many bars and restaurants offer beer in extra large mugs or glasses, packing a lot of unnecessary calories.

Choose the lighter beer and smaller glass to avoid the beer belly.

Swap This Drink: Long Island Iced Tea (276 calories)

Try This Drink: Sangria (150 calories)

An average sized long island can contain about 14 percent of your daily calories based on a 2,000 calorie diet with about 33 grams of carbohydrates and large amounts of sugar.

Sangria can be customized to lower the calories and sugar content and often contains fresh fruit, which is an added nutritional bonus.

Keep all the tasty flavor, but drop the calorie count.

Swap This Drink: Frozen Margarita (218 calories)

Try This Drink: Tequila on the Rocks (64 calories)

Frozen margaritas are a popular, cold drink, but contain around 10 grams of sugar and 12 grams of carbs. In addition, they usually come in very large glasses or pitchers that lead you to consume even more calories.

If you still want tequila, try it on the rocks to eliminate the sugar and cut back on carbs.

Cutting out the margaritas and sipping your tequila on the rocks instead will help you have your dream body on your next Spring Break.

Swap This Drink: Piña Colada (245 calories)

Try This Drink: Bloody Mary (125 calories)

If you like Piña Coladas, try a replacement to look your best while getting caught in the rain.

This drink can pack 32 grams of carbs and 31.5 grams of sugar.

A Bloody Mary usually has vegetables and is a much healthier option with only 6.8 grams of carbs and 5.1 grams of sugar.