For many alcohol is a social drink used infrequently during social events and for those few it is mostly not an issue but for many it is a daily drink of choice after a long hard day at work. A relaxing cocktail, an ice breaker, or addiction for some. It is easy to forget that we can drink as man calories as we eat and as shown in the diagram below some drinks have as many calories as a meal should. Other challenges with drinking alcohol is that late night munchies are often associated with consumption of alcohol. Which is additional calories right before you hit the bed. To be successful in losing weight you need to manage your calorie intake and alcohol is more calories and also leads to poor choices. However, the biggest question of all is do alcohol and dieting even mix? Here are some ideas on how to manage your diet when drinking:
- Have one nonalcoholic drink, preferably water to help with dehydration, in between each alcoholic drink.
- Select light versions of your alcohol whenever possible, but remember this does not mean drink more as it is still alcohol and still calories.
- Always have food in your stomach before you have a drink so your less inclined to binge eat later and are not using alcohol to fill you up.
- Learn to sip your drink to make it last longer.