You CAN lose weight and still drink wine…in 6 easy steps
IT sounds like a dream come true…losing weight and still enjoying a wine.
But it turns out you really can!
The dilemma is faced by thousands of women every day, you work out and feel great but then your friends are drinking rose in the sun.
Instead of writing off your social events – let’s be honest, no one wants that – all you have to do is be mindful of what you drink.
You can’t go drinking a whole bottle of wine and chowing down on a burger afterwards, but a few quiet drinks won’t hurt.
Don’t beat yourself up if you accidentally find yourself stumbling home at 3am oh so many wines later though, just make sure keep up with your fitness regime and don’t go overboard next time.
Here nutritionist Robin Swinkels, of Fresh Fitness Food, explains her six ways to stay fit and drink alcohol.
1. Mindful boozing
Be mindful of what you are drinking and anticipate what you’ll be having throughout the day so you can make it fit with your calories.
“It’s important to realise that something is not going to taste any better by having more of it,” she said.
“You really do not need to finish the whole bottle.”
2. Don’t deny yourself
Don’t chose a drink because it’s low in calories, drink something you enjoy.
Yes, some drinks are more calorific than others – but what’s the point if you aren’t enjoying it?
“Trying to quench a craving with something less than the crave will only leave you craving more, hating your diet and feeling deprived,” Robim said.
“It’s better to have one glass of something you really enjoy so you feel satisfied, and it’s easier to then go back to your diet the next day.”
3. Up the exercise
If you know you have a big night out coming up, or you’re going out for dinner and want dessert, try to be in a calorie deficit before you go.
Your body needs a certain around to function every day and to lose weight you need to cut back on those calories – a calorie deficit.
“Ensure you are still in a calorie deficit by extending your workouts to ramp up your energy expenditure.” she said.
” The extra run isn’t an excuse to go all out but it can help control the damage.”
4. Meal prep
Are you a sucker for a kebab on the way home? Or maybe you opt for a greasy burger.
Whatever you chose, you know it’s going to undo all your hard work in the gym.
But having a healthy snack prepared for when you get home can stop you reaching for junk food, Robin said.
It’s no state secret, alcohol dehydrates you.
So have a glass of water between each glass of tipple.
It’ll help slow down how much you are drinking and help prevent an awful hangover the next morning, Robin explained.