Most people claim it is impossible to lose weight if you are consuming alcohol but this is quite far from the truth. Regular drinkers gain weight because they don’t follow the right precautions. So if you are a college student or just like a good time then read on.
How to lose weight while still enjoying alcohol:
Do Extra Cardio The Day You Decide To Drink
Losing weight is just calories in vs calories out. By jogging for 30 minutes you burn around 300 calories, that equates to around 3 beers or 3 shots of vodka. Doing cardio before you go out will also make your skin look clear and vibrant. Be sure to add in 30-45 minute of cardio before you hit the bottle.
Reduce Your Carb Intake
The day you decide to drink, reduce your carbohydrate intake to about 0.25-0.5 grams per pound bodyweight. This will benefit you in two ways, by reducing carbs you reduce your calories for the day. Staying in a caloric deficit is vital for losing fat. Secondly by reducing carbs you will need less alcohol to get the same buzz. Now instead of having 4 beers you end up having 2, saving 200 calories.
Avoid Binge Eating At All Costs
This is where everyone goes wrong., it’s not uncommon to eat up to 1000 calories after a good night out. Alcohol causes us to crave fatty foods such as burgers, fries, pizza and kebabs. The real danger is, our body burns off alcohol before it burns food due to alcohols toxic nature. This means any food left in the stomach will likely be converted to fat.
If you must eat, choose protein based foods such as chicken breast, turkey or egg whites. Having pre-cooked chicken breasts or pre boiled eggs really helps. Throw in some vegetables, nobody ever felt hungry after eating a big bowl of broccoli and resist any urge to binge on fatty foods.
Broccoli & Cabbage Are Your Best Friends
Broccoli and cabbage are well known for their testosterone boosting, estrogen controlling properties. Alcohol raises estrogen and decreases testosterone in males. Men who have man boobs are usually heavy drinkers. Broccoli and cabbage contain a compound known as indole-3-carbinol that helps reduce excess estrogen and potentially increase free testosterone. Indulge in some broccoli and cabbage the days you drink and also the day after to ward off excess estrogen.
Choose The Right Type Of Alcohol
Before you order that cocktail you love, think about the amount of sugar and calories in it. Most drinks tailored toward women generally contain a lot of sugar and calories to sweeten the taste. Choose light beers such as bud light, coors light or corona light. These 3 beers contain very little carbohydrate and are low calorie choices.
Red wine is also considered ok while on a diet, chardonnay only contains 2 grams of carbohydrate and 100 calories per 5oz serving. Gin, vodka, and scotch whiskey contain virtually 0 carbs but contain around 100 calories per shot. Simply choosing the right type of alcohol can save a couple hundred calories.
When In Doubt Eat High Protein, Low Carb, Low Fat and Take Shots
The day you decide to let loose and go wild with your friends eat high protein, low carb, low fat and take shots. This will cut a significant amount of calories and ensure a calorie deficit. Taking shots adds no carbs allowing you to drink and lose weight each week.
Obviously if you are trying to get ripped/shredded (Under 9% Body Fat) consuming alcohol may not be the best choice. But for the average dieter just trying to lose weight and be healthy, a few drinks every now and again isn’t so bad. Just follow the guidelines outlined above and you can lose weight with alcohol.