We tell you fellow alcohol lovers how to drink without worries
Always wanted to lose weight but can’t ignore the alcohol calling? Let’s face it, what’s the fun of drinking if you can only drink in moderation (four alcoholic drinks for men and three for women in any single day) when the party is heated up? This is when life hacks prove themselves useful. The following tips, if applied on days that you consume alcohol, will help in minimizing the negative effects, namely weight gain and others metabolic disorders that tag along.
Calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’, they have no nutritional value. Alcohol contains seven calories per gram, which is as many as pure fat. We can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies but we can not store alcohol. So our systems will always prioritise on getting rid of it first, thus reducing the body’s ability to burn fat. Left unattended by our bodies, the extra fat is now stored in your belly.
But fret not, here are some tips to help you win this battle.
Tip #1: Always eat when you drink
While most cocktails are loaded with simple carbohydrates, it is important to have snacks in between drinks to prevent the blood sugar from spiking sky high. Not only the sugar soaring will increase the fat storing capability of the body, the sugar crash due to the insulin spike will makes you hungry followed by a round of food binging. That’s why it is essential to have some light, high protein snacks in between drinks to keep the blood sugar in check. Lean protein like grilled chicken, tuna and protein shake would be some of the great choices.
Tip #2: Pre-party nutritious meal
If the only snacks available during the drink are fries and chips, then you should have a nutritious meal before you go to the party. Go for something high with fiber, protein and healthy to keep both the blood sugar and cravings at the bay. Your body will have to spend more energy to digest the protein and fiber consumed which will give you some extra calories to spare for the alcohol. In addition to that, foods high in fibers are usually rich in micronutrients which are essential to minimize the damage from excessive alcohol consumption.
Tip #3: Beware of dehydration
Don’t forget, alcohol is a diuretic; it will cause dehydration when over consumed. And people always mistreat dehydration as hunger. If you ever try to ask around people who are bigger in size, you will realize that they tend to drink less water compared to their slimmer counterparts. Drink a big glass of water whenever possible and never forget to have another glass of water before sleep to avoid hangover and cravings in the next morning.
Tip #4: Look for low calorie drinks
Minimize the calories from mixers. Make margaritas with real lime juice, use diet tonic water, or even the naturally calorie-free club soda instead of regular tonic water and other high-calorie carbonated drinks. Avoid juices, liqueurs (which are sweet and syrupy), colas, tonics, and super-sugary bottled mixes like the ones used in a lot of bar-made margaritas and daiquiris. Any wine or beer works, but to trim about 10 calories per glass, choose a rosé or white wine instead of a heavier red. A whole pint of a dark beer is around only 170 calories (compared with 195 for the same amount of regular beer) and may leave you feeling fuller.
With all being said, use alcohol wisely for entertainment purposes rather than indulging into it to avoid the weight control struggles you face. None of us are born with super powers and excessive consumption would definitely lead to irreversible damage to both physical and psychological compartment. And remember, never drunk driving.
Writer: Teddy @ Rev Publika (Pro Trainer cum Nutritionist)