How To Stay Fit And Still Enjoy Alcohol
The most common question I get asked is:
“What is the best type of alcohol to drink while on a diet?”
The truth is… NO alcohol is good for weight loss! Especially if you’re drinking regularly, because alcohol inhibits the body’s ability to burn fat.
But, I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking altogether, because for a lot of people it goes hand in hand with relaxing and socialising, and it’s very unrealistic.
Instead I’m going to teach you can enjoy alcohol in moderation and still achieve your fitness goals.
It just takes a little bit of advanced planning and a few simple techniques, then you’ll be armed with the knowledge to enjoy alcohol and still get fit.
One thing you need to know first though; if you’re going to drink alcohol while trying to lose weight or get fit then you must be prepared for slower results. If you’re happy with slower results, then follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy alcohol during your journey.
Choose Your Parties
If you are invited to events, parties and get-togethers regularly then it’s up to you to decide which occasions you have a drink and which ones you don’t. If you want to lose weight and get fit, you can’t drink at them all.
My advice is to enjoy a drink once a week, maximum! Any more than that then you’re really going to struggle to achieve your results.
If you decide to go to a party alcohol-free, put yourself forward as a designated driver to avoid any temptations while you’re there. By planning ahead, you’ll up your odds of preserving your fitness.
Everyone knows how quickly things can escalate when you go out for ‘few’ drinks. You can quite easily be lured into an assortment of high-calorie cocktails, a bottle of wine, or a few more pints of lager. Pure alcohol contains about seven calories per gram, which makes it almost twice as fattening as protein or carbs. This is why it’s important to choose your booze carefully. Here are some drinking tips to try next time you’re out:
- Choosing a light beer will cut an average of 40 calories per bottle.
- When going with a mixed drink, blend the booze with diet soda or fruit juice instead of regular soda.
- Go easy on the shots. Individually they’re low in calories, but the numbers add up quickly if you start downing them in between every round.
- Drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have. This will help fill you up so you aren’t drinking alcohol to quench your thirst. Water will also keep you hydrated and minimize the effects of your hangover.
- Stay strong and stick to the pre-determined number of drinks you allowed yourself. Hopefully that number is in the single digits.
Fill Up Before You Go
Don’t leave your house hungry. Hunger makes it tough to make smart food choices when you’re feeling tipsy. And when you’re absolutely starving, all bets are off. The solution is simple—eat something healthy with a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats before leaving your house. A few glasses of water will also help to take the edge off your hunger.
Don’t Be Lazy
Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to have some alcohol, then make time to exercise. Push yourself in the gym to offset all the crappy food and booze that you’re likely to consume.
Get Straight Back On It
Healthy eating that is! When you’ve had a heavy night on the drink, you’re likely to crave sugary, fatty foods the next day. Avoid that temptation at all costs. When you wake up, have a pint of water, a healthy breakfast and when you feel ready, go for a short workout of the calories you consumed.
If you stick to those tips five tips then you will be able to lose weight and improve your fitness while enjoying the odd drink.
Remember though, these tips only work if you drink in MODERATION. If you’re drinking alcohol a couple of times per week then you’re not going to see results.