A big fitness progress deterrent is alcohol. Alcohol isn’t all bad, in fact, some studies show that a couple drinks a week may even reduce LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. The key is to manage alcohol intake so that you don’t overdo it on alcohol calorie consumption and food while drinking alcohol.
Alcohol Reduces Inhibitions
So, when you drink it you’re more likely to be more lenient in areas where you’re normally pretty disciplined. This comes into play when considering the number of drinks and the types of food you eat when “under the influence.”
Here are some tips to keep your composure so you don’t ruin your fitness progress.
- Soda water + lime = 5 calories. Not drinking but still mingling can be just as fun without the risk of ruining your fitness progress. Plus, DDs are usually in short supply. You could end up someone’s hero.
- Alternate alcohol drinks with a water. If you are going to drink, slowing down your consumption will prevent a quick slide into overconsumption. This is also a tip to prevent the dreaded hangover.
- Straight Up instead of Mixed. Tequila, scotch, and bourbon are complex and tasty simply straight, with a couple cubes, or “on the rocks.” Skip the mixed drinks to avoid the added processed sugars and flavors. These 3 beverages and vodka have the lowest amount of calories at around 70 calories per oz compared to other types of booze.
- Keep back up snacks in your car. Drinking alcohol makes it easier for you to say YES to “bar foods” that you would normally say NO or HELL NO to. If you keep backup snacks in your car like protein shakes, fruits, veggies, nuts, and minimally processed snack bars, you won’t be as tempted to give into happy hour bar food.
- Time Limit. Before you head inside, have a plan to leave by a certain time. This way, you won’t get sucked into the post-happy hour vortex of overconsumption and full-priced drinks.
When it comes to enjoying happy hour without sabotaging your fitness goals, the main takeaways are to take it slow, simple, and have a plan.
Cheers to your health, fitness, and happiness!