Can You Drink Alcohol and still Lose Weigh(Yup! Here’s How)
Alcohol is the enemy of so many diets. Its hard to beleive that a liquid could contribute to so many calories in your body and contribute to so much weight gain. But unfortunatly it does. But there is a way you can still enjoy some alcohol with your weight lose plan and succeed.
First of all we need to understand what alcohol does to contribute to your weight gain. We will then start talking about a few simple ways you can lose weight and still drink.
Alcohol doesn’t make fat.
Think about the food that you eat, there are really only three groups: Carbs, Fats, and protein. They all have calories and contribute to your waistline. Alcohol doesn’t fall into any of these categories, but still contributes to your calories intake.
However alcohol gets flushed out your system before it can become fat, thats because your liver will metabolize the alcohol out since is’s technically a toxic compound. Next: Here’s the super sneaky way that alcohol does make you gain weight. Alcohol tricks your metabolism into storing food as fat.
When you drink alcohol your liver is working overtime to rid that toxin from your system. When your liver does that, it slows down processing of the food you ate earlier. So while your body may be dumping the alcohol calories out, its storing more of the calories from that food you have just earlier eaten to fat.
Most alcoholic drinks are loaded with simple carbohydrates. Those carbs break down into, sugar in your system which results into a sugar crash. Thats when your body becomes ravenous and you start craving for that take away or fry up when you get home from your night out.
Next: Now we have that out the way, here are a few tips, you can still lose weight and drink. Yes you are still going to have to budget your calories. Its important to no how many calories your taking in when you go out for a drink with friends. Here are a few rough estimates that you can work from
- Vodka Soda – 96 Calories
- Gin & Tonic – 115 Calories
- Rum & Coke -97 Calories
Whiskey – 105 Calories
- Red Wine – 123 Calories
- Champayne – 90 Calories
- prosecco – 80 calories
- 12oz bottle beer 153 Calories
Here’s Where Alcohol Gets Thrown into the Mix
A good chunk of us, drinking alcohol is part of enjoying life, and the good news is that it is possible to drink and still keep your fat loss and fitness goals. We’ve been told time and time again that alcohol and weight loss don’t mix. For the most part, its true. There’s no real fat loss benefit for drinking alcohol.
But does that mean you have to avoid it entirely? HECK NO!
Far to often, we hear that something may be “bad for us” for our fitness goals and our reaction is to avoid it by hook or by crook, or at all costs.
Don’t skip meals to “save those calories” for drinking.
It usually backfires. The absolute last thing you want to do is eat on an empty stomach. You get drunk really quick and its really hard on your digestive system. It just leads to you getting hungry later on in the evening. Even if you bank those calories, you’re going to end up consuming them later on anyway.
Before you go out, have dinner or a snack with protein, fiber, and healthy fat. I find if I have had a good meal before going out I am not inclined to drink so much as I am full. If you go out on an empty stomach, your stomach will feel like a bottomless pit when your tipsy. Thats when you will start craving for food.
Drink and still lose weight
The best way that you can increase your room for drinks and still lose weight, is alwatys take out more than you put in. Its the other side of dieting that every one hates. Yes you have to excercise in order to lose weight. So if you want to have that extra glass of wine or two, make sure you burn a little more at the gym.
That diet can play havock with your social drinking habits. Lean proteins and vegtables throughout the day are really helpful for a couple of reasons, they will help you lose weight because your getting better nutrients throughout the day. They also help because they keep you feeling full later in the evening. Remember, that late night meal is a real diet killer.
Here is the most important part of this thing.
Drink in Moderation:
Whether it be for your own health or just to lose a few pounds, always drink in moderation, but don’t beat yourself up, if you accidentally find yourself stumbling home at 3am after having a few to many wines, just make sure you keep up with your fitness program and try not to go overboard next time. (it happens)
How to enjoy a few glasses of booze without stalling your weight lose.
You want your body to use your fat for fuel, but you also want to be able to enjoy a glass or two with friends and family. The good news is that you CAN, if you approach it in the right way! Balance and moderation are keys to staying healthy and still enjoy what you love. Here are a few tips for enjoying a glass or two and still lose weight.
- If you drink, don’t go overboard, plan ahead. Before you go out, have a drink limit in mind and stick to it, be strong. Chose your drinks wisely. I drink vodka but with orange juice not good for a diet so I have changed to vodka & lime with soda water. Alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Not only will this re-hydrate you, but you may find that you get used to sipping on water, and you don’t feel the need for another alcoholic beverage.
- Don’t skip your usual work out – work hard, play hard! Get your work out done in the morning before your big night out and have a work out booked for the next morning. your much less likely to go over board if you no you have that booked in for the morning. ( Not good working out with a hangover)
- As said before, Don’t skip meals (but don’t overeat while drinking either) A big mistake people make is that they will skip dinner to (I no been there done that) compansate for the liquid calories they’re going to consume. This is NOT the answer.
- Eat a Healthy dinner full of lean protein and good fats before your night out – your less likely to binge on unhealthy foods later on in the evening.