We hate to break it to you, but the calories in booze count. According to Alcohol Aware, the humble pint contains as many of them as a large slice of pepperoni pizza. But that doesn’t mean you have to quit booze completely if you want to lose weight. You just need to learn the difference between low-calorie alcohol and the stuff that goes straight to your beer belly. You can still enjoy your drinking while avoiding weight gain by making a few little changes to your drinking routine. So how to “get drunk not fat“- Let’s find out together :
Avoid Binge Drinking
It should go without saying that you should avoid anything in excess for the sake of your general health. According to studies, the body first uses alcohol as energy before using alternative resources like non-oxidized fat, which is then “preferentially deposited in the abdomen area,” to provide energy. This may result in the development of a “beer belly.” Naturally, it’s fine to indulge once in a while, but keep in mind that one frequently disregarded side effect of binge drinking is weight gain. So to “get drunk not fat”, first control and avoid getting drunk
Avoid Binge Eating
Drinking is often blamed for gaining pounds when most of the time it is only half the problem. People often forget they are eating when they are drinking especially if they are having funny drinking jokes or are otherwise distracted. According to studies, the body first uses alcohol as energy before using alternative resources like non-oxidized fat, which is then “preferentially deposited in the abdomen area,” to provide energy. This may result in the development of a “beer belly.” Naturally, to “get drunk not fat” it’s fine to indulge once in a while, but keep in mind that one frequently disregarded side effect of binge drinking is weight gain. The body is “fooled” into thinking it’s hungry. This leads to the next tip.
Or Binge On Vegetables And Protein Rich Food Instead To “Get Drunk Not Fat”
Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, asparagus, and broccoli to name a few are great substitutes for the generally fatty and calorie-rich foods that tend to go with beer, Just be careful that the sauce or dressing it comes with isn’t a hidden source of unwanted calories. Of course, this isn’t nearly as desirable or satisfying as snacks like chicken wings and pizza, however, most of the time, it’s the act of eating that the body thinks it wants, not the food. Protein-rich food such as lean cuts of meat is also a great substitute for fatty fries or other popular beer snacks.
Rotate In Nonalcoholic Or Alcohol-Free Beer
There are lots of reasons to drink non-alcoholic adult beverages.
It helps you cut down your alcohol consumption
It’s actually healthy
You know exactly what’s in it
Reducing your alcohol intake
There is so much documented on the negative effects of drunk truth. Whether you’re looking to give it up completely, temporarily, or like me, just reduce your consumption as a whole, non-alcoholic drinks are a great way to maintain the ritual and social interactions…without the negative effects.
One of the reasons we enjoy drinking alcohol is the dopamine rush it creates. Non-alcoholic beers, for example, trigger the same happy feeling we get when we drink an alcoholic beer drunk, causing our body to produce dopamine. This is due to the smell, taste, and flavor of the non-alcoholic beer that almost tricks our brains into thinking we’re having an alcoholic one.
Research from the University of Oxford has also shown that our brains associate the feelings of reward from drinking a beer, whether that’s 0%, 0.5%, or full-strength. We get to enjoy the happy feelings without the restless sleep, hangovers, and lethargy. Win-win!
Aside from not feeling the negative effects of alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages also come with their own health benefits, particularly with non-alcoholic beer. Some key benefits are as follows:
Hydration – alcohol is a diuretic, which accelerates dehydration. Non-alcoholic beverages are not diuretics.
Better health – beers, in particular, are chock full of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it contains inulin, which promotes gut health. There are also links of beta-glucans found in barley, a key beer ingredient, with lowering of cholesterol and risk of heart disease.
Low calorie & recovery – The average non-alcoholic beer is under 100 calories and spirits a whopping 0. They make great substitution options when trying to lose weight or as a recovery drink after a workout. Non-alcoholic beer especially typically has around 20g of carbohydrates, enough to replenish your glycogen stores but not to derail your diet and help you get drunk not fat
Pick Your Calories
Alcohol contains around seven calories a gram – almost as many as pure fat. Calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’, meaning they have no nutritional value. They don’t benefit our bodies in any way.
Different alcoholic drinks have different amounts of calories in them, and many are high in sugar. A pint of lager can contain the same number of calories as a slice of pizza, or a large glass of wine the same as an ice cream sundae.
While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol, so our systems want to get rid of it, and this takes priority. All other processes that should be taking place (including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted.
Cutting back on alcohol can help us maintain a healthy weight
Alcoholic drinks are high in calories and drinking alcohol will add to the overall calories we consume each day through the food we eat. Consuming extra calories through drinking can lead to weight gain. But cutting back on the amount we drink can significantly help to reduce our calorie intake and help us maintain a healthy weight.
If someone is overweight and regularly drinks alcohol, they should find that their weight falls noticeably by reducing the amount they drink each week. And it will be easier to maintain a healthier weight by not starting to drink more again. Controlling our calorie intake as well as how many units of alcohol we consume is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
To keep our risk from alcohol-related health harms low and “get drunk not fat”, it’s important not to regularly exceed the recommended UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) low-risk drinking guidelines of 14 units a week, spreading them evenly over three or more days. A good way to cut down the amount we drink is to have several drink-free days each week.
Hopefully, this guide keeps the alcohol in your hand but get drunk not fat. Good luck, responsible drinking, and Cheers!