Are you afraid of gaining weight when you drink? Do you go for the “skinny” option or count calories when you go out for drinks with friends? You don’t have to fear the terrible beer belly when you drink.
Lets face it, alcohol has calories and the calories can add up in a short amount of time. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. That’s more than the 4 calories per gram that carbs and protein provide.
Even though drinking can make keeping the pounds off more challenging, it definitely can be done. Follow these steps to drink and keep the fat off.
Keep Calories To A Minimum
It may sound simple, but focusing on keeping your calories as low as possible can make a difference. If you know you are going to have a night out on the town, focus on eating fewer calories throughout the day. If you count calories, leave enough room in “the bank” for what you may drink.
The idea for keeping calories to a minimum is especially true for binge eating when you drink. Greasy bar food and alcohol may taste good together, but the added calories could explode your waist line. Try to eat a healthy meal before going out for drinks and avoid overeating while drinking.
Avoid Binge Drinking
If your goal is to keep the fat off, binge drinking can be your greatest enemy. Researchers of the U.K. weight-loss organization have concluded that a person can consume over 6,300 calories within 24 hours of a night of binge drinking!
When 2 drinks become 6 or more, the calories can be extremely excessive. Of course, you need to enjoy yourself from time to time, but binge drinking on a regular basis will be a disaster for your waistline. Try to stick to 2 drinks or fewer when you can to avoid adding fat.
Avoid Overeating After Drinking
The day after a night out can be filled with cravings for greasy, fatty food. Focus on eating healthy meals during the day following a night of fun. Keep the calories in a normal range and get your nutrition in order after a night full of drinking.
Not only will eating healthy the day following drinking cause weight gain to be at a minimum, but it can also appease a hangover. Healthy food will give you the nutrients to battle and rid yourself of the hangover in a shorter amount of time.
Choose The Right Drinks
Some drinks contain many more calories than others. The added sugars in many drinks can cause the calories to skyrocket. A typical margarita can contain over 600 calories!
Stick to simpler or straight drinks. A light beer contains approximately 90 calories. A vodka tonic only contains approximately 160 calories per drink. Focus on sticking to drinks containing less sugar and fewer added calories. Not only will your waistline thank you, but you’ll feel better the next day when avoiding a night full of sugar mixed with alcohol.
It is all too easy to lose control when drinking. Plan out your drinking when you can to avoid hurting your waistline. Enjoying alcohol in moderation will not be a detriment to you if you keep it sensible. Drinking doesn’t have to add a ton of fat. Follow these steps to drink and keep the pounds off!
How do you manage drinking while keeping the fat gain to a minimum? Do you have a “skinny” drink that you prefer? Leave a comment below.