Alcohol And Weight Loss. Can You Have Both?


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Year end functions and holidays bring extra socializing and with that, more opportunities to indulge in alcohol. Losing weight is hard enough without having to give up your favourite glass of Merlot or G & T so here’s how you can have the best of both.

Celynn’s 11 drink savvy tips: 

1. Be moderate. Evidence suggests that moderate drinkers also tend to practice healthier habits than teetotalers.

2. Compensate. If you are trying to lose weight, remember to compensate for the extra energy in the alcohol you are enjoying by having little or no starch with your next meal.

3. Keep it single. Choose to drink a single tot of spirits with lots of ice and water instead of a double mixed with a softdrink. This will keep your blood sugar in check and also reduce your kilojoule intake.

4. Master the mix. Opt for sugar free mixers to save on a lot of extra kilojoules.

5. Spritz it. When opting for wine, make a spritzer by diluting your drink with a sugar-free mixer or soda water. You can also keep on adding ice to your glass instead of wine to make the drink last longer.

6. Go lite. If you are drinking a light wine, be sure not to drink more than you would if you were drinking regular wine, or you’ll lose all the benefits of choosing the light version.

7. Drink up! Next time you go out with the girls, try this nifty trick: drink a glass of water between every alcoholic drink or alternate sip for sip. This way you will drink less alcohol through the night, and you will also stay hydrated, a very good thing.

8. Don’t chase. Yes, having shooters at the bar may be fun, but they are also going wreak havoc on your kilojoule consumption. Rather sip your drink slowly and pace yourself (one drink per hour or two is a good measure).

9. Avoid paper umbrellas. If it comes in a fancy glass, is decorated with a paper umbrella and has a cherry on top, it’s probably bad news. Cocktails are in essence liquid desserts and, while fine to have one as an occasional treat, shouldn’t be your drink of choice for the evening.

10. Portion distortion. Watch out for over pouring. It’s especially easy to overdo it with vino, given that the average wineglass these days looks big enough to hold a school of fish. Strictly speaking a bottle of wine should serve six and not four, making the serving size 125 ml and not 200 ml.

11. Eat before you drink. Alcohol stimulates your appetite. While you might be full from a comparable amount of kilojoules from food, several drinks might not fill you up. On top of that, if you drink before or during a meal, both your inhibitions and willpower are reduced. In this state, you are more likely to overeat, which can add to your waistline.

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