Can you enjoy alcohol and still reach your fat loss goals? Absolutely. The key is moderation. Moderation will keep your total calories and alcohol consumption in check. Combine moderation with these four tips and you’ll be enjoying Happy Hour guilt-free.
Skip the munchies: When it comes to fat loss, calories do matter. When you drink, your inhibitions are skewed, which often leads to overeating. Prepare properly by eating a well balanced meal prior to drinking. Focusing on protein and healthy fats with that meal will keep you from diving into that third serving of nachos while intoxicated.
Stay hydrated: To ensure you beat the morning-after slump, keep a 2:1 ratio of water to alcohol. Alcohol is a natural diuretic, so alternate between an alcoholic drink and water the entire night. Bonus points if you ask your bartender to water down your shots for extra hydration.
Stick to clear drinks: Wine and vodka are the most calorie friendly drinks at only 20 calories per ounce. The calories in mixers and cocktails will inhibit your fat loss goals more than the actual alcohol. Choose tonic water, club soda or lime juice instead of other sugar-laden carbonated drinks.
Stay low carb: To ensure you don’t do major damage to your waistline, keep your meals low in carbohydrates the day of drinking. Stick to lean sources of protein with veggies to control your appetite and give your body the nutrients it needs.