Yes everyone. . . I’m going there. Alcohol is the silent killer of any good diet. While you might not notice those couple extra PBR’s after you’ve already had enough to restart the prohibition, you’re body sure does.
You’re body processes alcohol similarly to sugar. When you drink, your bod stops fat burning in it’s tracks. Add that to the fact that there are tons of calories in anyone's favorite drink, and how nibbly we all at those times (do you really need a whole basket of buttered rolls to soak up two margaritas?), you’re really setting yourself up for weight loss failure.
For a lot of you, telling you not to drink at all would be like telling you not to breath. So if you’re on a weight loss journey, or if you want to maintain your figure now, I suggest these 5 tips on how not to booze too hard.
Make a list. Making a list of reasons you should or shouldn’t do something is a very helpful tactic. Keep the list on your phone when you go out with friends so you can just pull it out and remind yourself why you wanted to curb your alcohol intake. Sleeping better, being healthier, losing weight, and saving money (maybe to treat yourself to an awesome adventure ? ) are just a few good ones that will help you stay on track.
Drink slowly. This one is so simple, but it really does wonders. When you’re finishing your drink just as others are halfway through their second, you don’t feel the peer pressure to get another. This really helps you appreciate the drink itself and enjoy the taste, as opposed to drinking for the buzz or to keep up with your friends. On the peer-pressure note, practice saying no politely when someone suggests you get another round or offers you another drink. If your friends are cool, all they care about is if you hang with them, not get drunk with them.
Choose a no-drinking day. If you choose this day on a weekend even better! Setting aside a day a week is a great start to reducing alcohol consumption. Other than helping you maintain your nutrition goals, this will help you learn to have fun without alcohol completely. Trust me, it’s so worth it to learn how not to rely on drank to get you in a good mood. I find that dancing has similar mood-boosting capacities with 50x the health benefits, and it’s a great activity suggestion for your friends who want to drink as well (plus, you’ll get to laugh and take pics of their drunk dances)
Don’t give up after you mess up. It’s a natural tendency to want to throw in the towel when we mess up, but don’t! Would you rather not keep your nutrition goals 5 times in a month or give up after you didn’t keep them the first time and be 10 pounds heavier? I know that’s an extreme example, but it can really happen if give up easily. Also, don’t beat yourself up when you drink too much. You’re a boss! Alcohol shouldn’t control the way you view yourself.
Find other ways to relax. Just like there are a ton of other ways to have fun without alcohol, there are a ton of other ways to relax. This might seem counter-intuitive, but if you need to unwind after a stressful day, working out is the best thing. You might be tired doing it, but afterwards you will feel calm and content from the all endorphins your body released. Reading a good book, relaxing in a hammock, or treating yourself to a mani pedi are a few things I’ve heard work wonders.