So, it’s no surprise that alcohol is fattening, however the sad reality is that most people would rather not lose their excess weight but enjoy a glass (Read: Bottle) of wine on occasion.
I quit drinking for a year and a half and in that time managed to drop a whopping 50+ kgs, that being said I am an extremist and it was and always has been “all or nothing” for me.
I am now learning how to do things in moderation.
I am still 15/20kgs heavier than I should be, but I have also decided that my quality of life is important to me too, and if I want to have a glass of wine, a beer or hell a piece of bread I am going to, I just know that I have to either hit the gym a little harder or I have to eat a smaller portion of food for my next meal. See, Moderation.
No more of this
If I am going to drink I try to make smart choices, something I have learnt in the last two years. Now when I drink, I just do it in a smart way that isn’t going to lead to me putting on weight and hating my life
(Side note, this works for ME! It is just a guide, it does not mean that it will work for you!)
This is what I do on days when I know I am going to drink (Friday – Sunday, basically)
- Lean protein – Protein is a satiating macronutrient, so it’ll keep your cravings at bay throughout the day. I don’t hold back, I eat turkey, grilled chicken, cottage cheese and tuna and I eat as much as I want, it just has to be lean!
- Green vegetables for days – Carbs and fat intake needs to be kept to a minimum (I mean you do plan to be drinking your calories, right?) you also need fiber which makes green vegetables the perfect food for this job. They’re low in calories and high in fiber.
- Drink low carb alcohol – If you are a beer drinker, sorry but it might be time to switch your drink of choice (You can get away with drinking a beer if you do weight training earlier that day though, so if you can’t cut it out, LIFT HEAVY OKE!) The best types of low carb booze are spirits like Vodka, Gin and clear spirits mixed with a low calorie drink like Coke/Sprite Zero, dry white wines are also a good choice!
- Do not binge eat – I know that 24 hr pizza joint with the pizza that tastes so good you think it is made of unicorns is amazing at 4 am but, STAY AWAY!
Drinking Tip: If you get super bad hangovers, squeeze one whole lemon into 500 ml of water when you wake up, it’ll hydrate you super fast