Weight Loss and Alcohol – Drink, yet Stay Slim

Is Weight Loss And Alcohol Consumption Possible?

Tips On How To Drink & Stay Slim

Most people want to lose weight but still don’t want to restrict their alcohol consumption.
Well, I’m not talking about excessive drinking, as that would indeed be a problem. I’m talking about moderate, normal, social drinking in a modern society where weight loss and alcohol seems to be a general topic of concern.

Although a lot of folks would be willing to give up alcohol completely, I think most of us can manage to drink moderately and still stay healthy and slim. Yet, there are a few tricks to not gain a couple of pounds, and it all comes down to a balance in life.

Not every aspect has to be absolutely “perfect” in order to achieve the body and health you desire to have. You’d get insane trying to be “perfect.”

 

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If, of course, you have no issue living with alcohol abstinence, then that is naturally the best thing for the health of your body and mind.

But for the rest, who like to enjoy a drink with friends from time to time, I’ve put together a few tips to help and keep your body’s fat percentage in the single-digit range while occasionally drinking alcohol.

Eat protein to avoid weight gain

Obviously, alcohol contains additional calories that you don’t actually need. Alcohol contains seven calories per gram, compared to four calories per gram for carbohydrates and protein, and nine calories per gram for fat.

Unlike carbohydrates, however, protein or healthy fat from a wholesome diet, drinking alcohol provides you with lots of calories with little valuable nutrients.

On evenings when you know you’re going to grab a couple of drinks, it helps if you only eat proteins and vegetables, beforehand, at dinner.

You will consume many “empty” calories with the alcohol, so you should eat a good portion of protein with nourishing vegetables to reduce your appetite and give your body important macronutrients.

All about macronutrients - Essencial for your body & muscle strength/gain

It is also essential that you ensure that there is not much room for carbohydrate-rich food when you plan to drink. Carbohydrates combined with alcohol is the perfect recipe for definite weight gain. Try to design dinner with a small portion of carbs to reduce the intake of “empty calories”.

Don’t mix Alcohol with Soda

If you want to save your body from forming many wobbly fat-layers, definitely stay away from sugar-added soft drinks, such as Fanta, Coke, etc.

You will increase the amount of “empty calories” intake twice: the alcohol, plus from the sugar of the soft drinks. These beverages can even contain up to 600 calories per serving, which is 70 to 100 grams of sugar.

A quick tip about Margaritas: I don’t know about you, but I love Margaritas. Nevertheless, Margaritas contain a lot of sugar, as they are otherwise very acidic without it.

If you want to enjoy a Margarita with low sugar and calories count, ask the bartender if he can prepare your Margarita only with tequila and fresh lime juice, none of the sour margarita mixes. I think that tastes better anyway.

Trade Blonde for Dark

If you like drinking beer, it’s better if you consume one to two dark beers instead of five to six light beers. Clearly, dark beers have more calories than light ones, but dark beers also have more B vitamins and antioxidants than its blonde counterpart.

 

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Consequently, you will absorb more nutrients if you drink a dark beer. As long as it stays at one to two beers, you can still stay within 150-400 calories.

Plus, it usually takes a little longer to drink a dark stout, as opposed to a lighter colored beer.

Workout before Party Time

Before you go enjoying your evening, try to get an intensive full-body workout done. If you manage to do that, you’ve already stimulated your metabolism, and your body will process the calories a little faster.

Also try to train a bit on the “morning after,” which helps your body to get back into a balanced state of health. This may not become your best workout, but it helps your body to keep moving and sweat a little, thus, it brings you back to your natural state.

Self Prepare for the Slimmer You

Avoid nightly junk food attacks after an evening celebration. That’s where most people make a big mistake and pack bacon on to their hips.

Instead, you can prepare ahead. You should have some high-protein and wholesome snacks at home (e.g. pre-cooked chicken breast or tuna with some veggies or salad) The worst thing for your metabolism would be the rapid increase of calories through pizza, ice cream, or other carbohydrate-rich meals after drinking alcohol.

 

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Opt for Wine

Wine is one of the healthier alcoholic drinks. If you need to drink, you should choose wine, as you also take in a certain amount of antioxidants. Red wine is particularly known for antioxidants, while white wine only contains it in a smaller quantity.

Debunking the Infamous “Beer Belly”

I’m sure you have heard about the myth that drinking beer is the culprit for the ever so threatened beer belly. Well, fear no more!

While I’m not telling you that it’s alright to substitute beer for water, it’s a fact that beer does actually have health-promoting benefits, and that it can contribute to weight loss in the long run if it’s added to your diet reasonably. If you’re interested in how this works then read all about it here.

A few Last Thoughts

Last but not least, of course, you should bear in mind that weight loss and alcohol is a sensitive topic. Consuming alcohol can become another factor working against you when it comes to shaping the body you dream of achieving if you do not take care of yourself properly.

Abstinence may be the best choice. However, we need to stay realistic and be aware that social drinking is something that most people don’t desire to give up.

That’s why I hope this list of tips helps you keep social drinking in some frame, and thus stay healthy, fit and slim. If you’d like to add something, have questions or some suggestions, please leave a comment below. I’m very happy and pleased to help you out.

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Meanwhile, I’m sending you lots of love, happiness and an abundance of all good things. Always keep in mind that you’re beautiful, precious and unique. Thus, keep on shining; no matter what others might say.

Namaste

7 thoughts on “Weight Loss and Alcohol – Drink, yet Stay Slim

  1. Thanks for these tips. Now that I’m in my 30s, I find that I retain so much more weight and bloat when drinking than I did before. What are your thoughts on those alcoholic beverages that market themselves as 0 calories? Do you think these are reliable alternatives to add as regular beverages? Curious to hear your feedback.

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi, Mia.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m very happy about it. To answer your question regarding 0 calorie beverages: Truth is that, other than water, there is no such thing like a 0 calorie drink. The FDA lets everything that has <5 calories per serving pass by as a 0 calorie beverage, though - it's their regulation. I'd be careful with those, because this means that the drink may have up to 5 calories; thus, is not calorie free at all. I hope this helped to answer your concern. I'm hoping for you to stop by again, soon. Until then, many blessings and much love to you.

      Alexandra (Co-founder of loveandbodyfatsolutions.com)

  2. Jukka

    I think it’s definitely possible to have a few drinks in the weekend and maintain a healthy bodyfat. I’m not in single digits myself but somewhere around 15%. I lift three times a week and on fridays I go for a run after work before indulging with some beer in the evening, usually with friends. I don’t really track my calories and eat what ever I want during the weekends. The trick is that I keep active and most meals are made of nutritious foods. If I wanted to drop my bodyfat I think I would have to cut the beer and be more strict with my diet. I’ve actually done that in the past several times but it really wasn’t sustainable. As I’ve gotten older I’m more concerned about being healthy, enjoying my life and eating good food than having a six pack so this isn’t really a problem. I’ve also found out it’s MUCH easier to improve strength in the gym while keeping a bit fat on you. Come to think of it, I think I’ll go grab a nice Lager from the fridge!

  3. Ali

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    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
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    1. Hi, Ali.

      Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment. I’m absolutely delighted that we could be of help with our article. Yes, it’s definitely worth to stop by more often. As you can see, we are adding new topics and posts every day. We’ll soon be covering a much broader niche, too, including beauty, acne, eczema, psoriasis, more weight loss guides and related health issues, product reviews, recipes, meditation, spiritual healing, panic and anxiety disorder help as well as uplifting topics for people suffering from depression of any type.

      I do hope you will be back to read some more. I’m sure you’ll find something that is of interest to you as well. Until then, I’m sending you, too, much love and only the best universal energy.

      Blessings,

      Alexandra (Co-Creator and admin of lovebodyfatsolutions.com)

  4. Finally!!! I have been looking for a way to keep beer in my diet while still trying to lose weight. I had never thought about proteins and vegetables only before having a few so I will have to start. Makes logical sense to avoid carbs since the beer will add plenty.

    So you hit two ends of the beer spectrum (darks and blondes). What about wheat beers? Stouts are my go to in cold weather, but nothing beats a nice wheat beer in the summer.

    Time to go sign up at the gym. I have avoided it because I didn’t see any progress… now I know why.

    Cheers!

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