Drinking habits slowing fitness goals?

Choosing between fitness and fun

It seems almost cruel asking to choose huh?

If you’re like most people and you’ve been good all week, you probably want to relax during the weekend. It could include having some beer with your friends at the bar, throwing back some shots, or just sipping a nice cocktail and enjoying your night. If you’re an introvert like me, reading a nice book with your alcohol and kicking back sounds great too right? 

But what if you have to choose between the two? 

During these stressful times, it seems cruel to have to give up your alcohol. More often than not, if asked to give up alcohol people always end up being good for a few weeks and then throw their fitness plans out the window. It’s unrealistic to have to give up your lifestyle choices for fitness. You don’t have to. Including your weekend plans in your diet will benefit your health- both physical and mental health. 

Let’s see how you can include drinking in your new healthy lifestyle! 

During the day before the big evening – count your calories!

Always count your calories!

When you know you’re going to drink in the evening, make sure you don’t indulge in high calorie foods during the day. Don’t skip a meal but make sure you’re eating foods that will leave some room for your evening plans.  Focus on foods like fruits, vegetables and high protein foods. This ensures you stay full throughout the day without consuming a lot of calories.

Follow these four steps 

Calories, calories and calories! 

Not to sound like a broken records but always count your calories!

Make sure you choose drinks that are lower in calories. Drinks like whiskey, vodka and tequila are good options. Slimline gin and tonic just has 64 calories! Prefer white wine over red wine. When picking an option in your drink, choose the drink that is drier. The sweeter the drink, the more calories it contains. Also, the higher the alcohol content of a drink, the higher its calorie count as well!

Always use a low calorie mixer like diet soda or just water since the alcohol in itself is dense in calories! 

Snacking during drinking – a huge no-no! 

Once you’ve started drinking, do not snack! These calories add up quick and you won’t be able to keep track of it or stop eating. People rarely put on extra weight due to the alcohol itself, it’s the ‘drunk-snacks’ which go along with it which is the cause. If you go down that rabbit hole, you’re going to dread every evening you have to drink and won’t be able to achieve your fitness goals! 

Keep these tips in mind this weekend and have fun! 

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