Every now and then you may want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Just as with the food you eat, make wise choices, drink in moderation and consume alcohol responsibly.
Here are 5 Tips to Consider When Drinking:
- Try to avoid drinking if: a) you have aggressive or strict weight loss goals, b) binge drinking is or has been a consistent problem for you, or c) you are an athlete, physique competitor or model with an upcoming event. Remember the benefit of a small sacrifice now!
- Try to drink at least 16oz water for every alcoholic beverage you consume since alcohol tends to dehydrate you. Doing this will help to keep you going to the bathroom which in fact can be a distraction and deterrence from over drinking. And in the event you are “over-served,” drinking plenty of water may help mitigate the risk of having a nasty headache the next morning.
- Perform some form of exercise or activity the following day. This is to help those that may need a reminder to get back on track to accomplish their fitness goals. Nothing extreme – even a nice long walk will do. But just do something to remind yourself that the night before “was a treat.”
- No drinking & driving. Drink responsibly.
- Opt for plain drinks with fresh fruits like oranges or strawberries over mixed, carbonated drinks. Mixed drinks tend to be loaded with sugars and preservatives. Some lower calorie options “on the rocks” or plain include vodka, red wine, gin, tequila, whisky and even some rums. Enhancing with freshly squeezed fruits – whenever possible – will help keep the calories low. And sorry bro, I did not include beer because it tends to be on the higher side; however, more beer companies are offering lower calorie beers.
- BONUS: Log out of or stay away from posting on social media properties. And technically, this one is not health related, rather “food for thought.” Because there’s nothing like waking up the next morning to find embarrassing pictures of yourself in compromising positions, or reading drunken rants on Facebook about “the one that got away and that you’d do anything to get her back…” (insert cricket noises here) Plus, it’s good to just “be in the moment” with your friends and family.