For many of us in western society, we associate social occasions with alcohol. While a glass or two of wine is fine for your health, it can make it challenging to manage your weight – particularly when you are actually trying to lose weight.
As disappointing as it is, there are no calorie free alcohol options. There just aren’t. This means that when you are balancing your energy intake and expenditure you need to count the alcohol calories too. Moreover, when we drink we are more likely to be tempted by energy dense foods, and less likely to exercise the next day.
So, to avoid being the miserable soul sitting in the corner with your glass of water feeling sorry for yourself, here are a few tips (firstly, don’t sit in the corner…):
- If you are having an alcoholic drink opt for lowest calorie alcohol e.g.: white spirits and brut champagne.
- Avoid mixing your spirits with fruit juices and soft drinks – try soda water and diet drinks instead.
- Increase your step count on the day you drink, day before AND the day after (even if you don’t feel like it).
- Don’t drink for just anybody, make sure it’s an occasion where you will really enjoy the moment.
- Give yourself an additional reason to avoid alcohol by planning something you need to be fit for on the morning after the party. Have a three year-old niece, nephew or grandchild who needs baby-sitting? No one wants to take that on with a hangover…
- Don’t give the impression that you’re depressed about not being able to drink, remain upbeat and happy with your choice if ‘its no big deal’ then people will pay less attention.
- Politely decline alcoholic drinks you had not planned, and if people seem disappointed, ask for something different to what they offered, or make a slightly complicated request (like a diet lemon lime bitters or soda water with ice and lemon). That way they won’t feel rejected and know that you got something you wanted.
Do you have any other sneaky drink dodges that you use to stay dry (or at least dry-ish) under social pressure? Sharing is caring, so let us know what works for you and help out your fellow health and calorie conscious friends…