With spring break and summer right around the corner, that can only mean two things…. trying to lose a couple extra pounds for that trip to the beach and the occasional alcoholic beverage! How exactly though does drinking alcohol affect fat loss, and is it even possible to lose weight while enjoying a drink here or there? Luckily the answer might surprise you!
No matter how you break it down, alcohol is basically a poison to our body. Even though we might enjoy that feeling of being a little “tipsy” our body wants absolutely nothing to do with it at all! That’s why when we drink our body’s main priority is to get the alcohol out of our system as fast as possible. This is why we tend to have to make a couple extra bathroom breaks during the night because our body is doing everything it can to get that alcohol out of our system. Since our body’s main priority is to get rid of the alcohol in our system, it shifts all of its resources to getting that “poison” out. This means that instead of digesting those nachos and buffalo wings you had for dinner, your body’s more concerned about getting rid of the 5 Miller Lites you had to wash them down.That means that when you drink, your body doesn’t do a great job of digesting food, which in turn has a higher chance to be stored as fat! Of course having an occasional glass of wine with dinner won’t pack on the pounds, but let’s be honest how many of us are only having one drink on a trip down to Mexico?
Here are a couple helpful tips to help you enjoy a night out without having to worry about your waistline:
- Try to stick to leaner cuts of meat and vegetables if you know you have a big night ahead of you!
- LIMIT DRUNK EATING (Snappy dog is great, probably won’t help you lose that last inch on your waist though)
- Order your usual drink with a diet or soda water instead of the usual high sugar mixers they come with
- Be proactive! Try to get a workout in during the day!
- Don’t let the hangover, hang you up to dry! Even if you had a terrible night of drinking, with all the hot dogs and desserts, don’t let this carry into the next day! Put it behind you, and try to get right back on track. One day of fun won’t ruin your progress anyways!