Whether it is beer or champagne, alcohol is a dietary hazard. Alcohol is second only to fat in terms of calories per gram/ml, so if you are watching your waistline, you need to mindful about your consumption.
So before you leap out of your Dry July for a Raucous August, here are my top tips for keeping your alcohol intake (and hangovers) under control.
1. Stay hydrated
If you are going out for a few drinks, it’s important to stay hydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic and acts on the kidneys to make you pee out much more than you take in – which is why there is always a queue to the loo at the local nightclub! So, have one alcoholic drink followed by one sparkling WATER. If you do not stay hydrated your tongue will become dry the next morning and you are likely to have a shocking hangover.
2. Don’t be a ‘drunkorexic’!
Skipping meals to drink your calories is not a good idea. This worrying trend amongst females can be dangerous. You’ll feel the effects of alcohol sooner and you may drink more to try and curb that hunger. It is easy to consume a load of calories drinking glass after glass of champagne. Instead enjoy a nutritious dinner and drink SLOWLY.
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3. Have at least 3 alcohol free nights per week
It’s not a good idea to drink every night. Your body needs a break from the alcohol. Instead try having a ‘mocktail’ at home. A glass of sparkling mineral water with a squeeze of lime or a splash of cranberry makes a refreshing change.
4. It’s the alcohol, not the carbs
If you enjoy a beer or two and have decided to go for a low carb beer to watch your waistline… I have some bad news. Although this sounds like a good idea, it’s not the carbs that are the problem. Carbs are worth 4 calories per gram, alcohol is worth 7 calories per gram. So if you are truly watching your waistline, opt for a light/low alcohol beer rather than a trendy ‘low carb’
5. Avoid creamy cocktails or sugary spirits/spritzers
If you are watching your waistline, you already know that alcohol is laden with calories. When you mix that alcohol with creamy milk or sugary soft drink and you can double the calories in the glass. If drinking spirits, mix with mineral water and a squeeze of lime to reduce the calorie content.
If you enjoy a boozy night out once in a while, it’s important you plan ahead. Enjoy a healthy meal before heading out and only drink water with your meal. Alternate one glass of your chosen beverage followed by one glass of mineral water. Ladies stop at 2 or 3, fellas stop at 3 or 4.
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