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.”
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 of us (including me), who like to enjoy a drink with friends from time to time, I’ve put together a few tips to help and keep our body’s fat percentage in the single-digit percentage 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 healthy eating, drinking alcohol provides you with lots of calories with little additive nutrients.
On evenings when you know you’re going to grab a couple of drinks, it helps if you only eat proteins and vegetables at dinner beforehand.
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 nutrients.
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.
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 bit, 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.
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 consuming alcohol is another factor working against you when it comes to shaping the body you dream of achieving.
Abstinence may be the best choice, however, we need to stay realistic and know 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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