How to Drink Alcohol in a Body-Healthy Way
Welcome back! New year, new blog! Now that the festivities are over, you may have had the unfortunate experience of peering down at a bulging belly. But how could this happen? Well, there could be a range of factors. For one, the winter season is naturally very fattening; reduced exercise, feasts, and copious amounts of liquor can all play a role in a bulging belly. But, by far the biggest culprit is the alcoholic beverages you have casually been drinking since the beginning of December. That’s right, every beer, flute, and glass you have indulged in has caught up with you. Now, in January, it is time to slim down. Now, of course, there are pleasant ways you can still drink without ruining your body.
In this blog, we will discuss some of the tasty beverages you can choose that won’t load your body with carbs and sugar. Read along, and see how you can drink in a smarter, more body-conscious way.
I want to be thin, but I also want to drink.
Typically, you cannot indulge in alcoholic beverages without sacrificing some of your body weight. For instance, anyone who enjoys multiple cans of beer will typically sport a rotund belly. Wanting to be trim, but also desiring to have fun and drink may seem like a catch-22. After all, alcohol is inherently fattening and can cause your body to balloon up. But, there are alternative measures that you can employ that will make it harder for your body to pack on weight.
Go hard or go home.
You may have heard the phrase “go hard or go home.” Well, this is true. If you are worried about packing on weight by drinking, order hard liquors or don’t drink at all. Most of your favorite drinks, such as beer, bloody mary’s, and even the “old faithful” rum and coke is packed with carbs. That’s right, your favorite beverages are filled with carbs that cause your scale number to rise. For example, one beer has over 13 grams of carbohydrates in it, whereas neat whiskey has none. Mind-blowing, right? Now, of course, this trick only works if you are drinking hard liquors neat. The second you start adding mixers, syrups, and other garnishes, the magic of this tip is lost. For example, a rum and coke has over 39 grams of carbs — 39! Next time you reach for this drink, think about the amount of weight you are packing on!
Check the sugar amount.
Drinking whiskey, brandy, vodka, and tequila is better for you than drinking a beer or any mixed drink. Why? Because they all have zero carbs in them. You can drink whiskey or brandy and not worry about how many carbs you are putting into your body. At the same time, hard drinks like whiskey, also don’t have large amounts of sugar in them as well. So, if you would like to indulge at a social gathering, whiskey is a low-carb, low-sugar, and even low-calorie beverage option.
Drunk and hungry
Anyone who has gotten drunk will remember the feeling of insatiable hunger after leaving the bars. Well, we hate to break it to you, but the Big Mac that you demolished last night probably didn’t do your waistline any favors. One of the best ways to reduce your wait is to resist the urge to eat everything in sight when you are drunk. For example, greasy items may make you feel better in the moment, but you will feel the oils seeping from your pores in the morning. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you cannot eat after drinking, but at least do it consciously. You can either work off your drunchie food the next day, or you can opt for less fattening items, such as soups, oatmeal, cereal, etc. Just remember, anything you eat after 8 pm will be harder to burn off later. So, though alcohol definitely can make you gain weight, the way you drink and eat play a huge role in your weight gain as well.
There is nothing “light” about light beer.
Don’t fall prey to light beer. Despite what you might think, lighter beers pack a lot of carbohydrates in a single bottle. So for instance, a Corona has 14 grams of carbohydrates, which is the most number of carbs of beer on the American beer market. With this in mind, before you crack open a cold one with the boys, you may want to think about what you are putting into your body. One beer will take you at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise to burn off, says Iowa State University. If you aren’t the exercising type, perhaps settling for a glass of whiskey is better for you in the long run.
Shots are problematic.
Shots aren’t generally a bad thing. Most shots consist of hard liquors, which as we discussed, have zero carbs. However, just because certain drinks have zero carbs and sugar, doesn’t mean that they aren’t filled with calories. For instance, one shot of vodka has over 95 calories. And, when you take a shot, this typically means that you will take more or drink another drink. This can not only make you incredibly drunk, but overload your body with calories. If you are going to take a shot, tequila is a better option because it only has 64 calories per shot. And, well, tequila is fun to drink. Just remember, that the fast you take down shots, the drunker you will be, the more calories you will be ingesting, and the more you will be hungry after you leave the bar.
Though alcohol can be fattening, it doesn’t mean that you can’t drink it if you are on a diet. Do not lose hope to achieve a trimmer body just because you like to indulge. Most of all weight loss is governed by your own motivation and your lifestyle change. This guide will help you not only stay on track with your diet methods, but enable you to drink when you want to. This guide can be especially helpful for gatherings and celebration, which drinking is very common. With this in mind, it is best to remember this guide and drink responsibly.
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