The struggle to lose weight can be very real, and making adjustments to your diet, fitness routine and lifestyle can help. Ditching unhealthy habits is part of that, but it doesn’t mean you have to totally break up with alcohol to see results. There are smart ways you can still enjoy an alcoholic beverage and shed pounds, including these.
- Decide how many drinks you’ll have beforehand - Before you take your first sip, figure out the number of drinks you want to have. That way you’ll know when you’ve reached your limit and won’t go overboard on the calories in those cocktails.
- Stick to the “every other” rule - For every boozy drink you have, sip a low-calorie alcohol-free beverage after it. That way you’ll still be drinking something tasty, like sparkling water with fruit, and you’ll consume less alcohol during the night.
- Fill up on protein and veggies before drinking - The fiber and protein will help keep blood sugar levels even and keep you full, which helps counteract alcohol’s ability to lower your inhibitions. That way you’re more likely to make better food and drink choices.
- Order a light, low-carb beer - A beer can have anywhere from 64 to 198 calories per 12-ounces, but you’ll cut a third to a half of the calories by going with a light option.
- Think of alcohol as “dessert” not your “appetizer” - Starting off with alcohol on an empty stomach will make you feel the effects faster, which can make hunger cravings worse and you may find yourself saying yes to greasy food and sugar-filled cocktails. Saving it for later can help you drink less and eat smarter.
- Order some bubbly - Prosecco has about 90 calories in a five-ounce glass, compared to the 125 in most other wines and 300 to 600 calories in most mixed drinks.
- Drink out of a standard wine glass - A standard serving of wine is five ounces, but when you use a bigger glass, it’s easier to drink two servings without realizing it. Sticking with a smaller glass will help you avoid doubling up on the calories.
Source: Eat This, Not That