Social drinking has become a popular trend today. Whether it is a social gathering, wedding or a business meeting, alcohol has made a splash in our lives and how.
However, the bitter truth remains – Alcohol makes you fat as well as holds a notorious reputation for causing hangovers and/or irresponsible or violent behavior. With 7 calories per gram of alcohol, it is more fattening than the carbs – roti, rice, bread and pasta – which are painted as villains for weight gain. Now, given how everyone is desperately trying to lose weight, alcohol can completely derail your healthy diet plan.
At bon happetee, we understand that alcohol has become an integral component of our lives. Whether it is clubbing, going out with friends or winding down on a stressful day, alcohol finds its place.
Hence, we bring to you some helpful tips that will limit the damage, especially weight gain, aka the dreaded beer belly.
Before we get to the guidelines, it is important to set three ground rules:
- Restrict yourself to a maximum of 2 drinks at a time. The serving size of an alcoholic drink equals to 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine or 1 ½ ounces of distilled beverages.
- The frequency of alcohol consumption should not exceed beyond twice a week.
- Never skip your meals or substitute alcohol for a meal.
Here’s how you can minimize the side-effects of alcohol:
- Water between drinks
Alcohol dehydrates your body and hence, it is a mandate to have a glass or two of water after every glass of alcohol you consume. Additionally, it will keep both excess drinking and hangovers at bay.
- Select healthy munchies
With a drink in your hand, it becomes almost irresistible to avoid peanuts, bar nuts, chips or fries. Sadly, they’re addictive and full of salt which makes a lethal combination if you’re trying to knock off the extra kilos.
You can opt for tandoori dishes, steamed or grilled snacks like momos, kebabs, roasted potato wedges or tikkas. Boiled snacks like corn or chick peas (chana) with chopped onion, tomato and cucumber or green salad are excellent low-calorie accompaniments to your drink.
- Keep a tab on the number of drinks
Binge drinking results in headaches, memory loss, nausea, reckless behaviour, loss of coordination and hangovers. Excess drinking at a time invites food binges, especially unhealthy food choices which can throw your weight loss diet plan completely off-track. Distribute your alcohol consumption throughout the week instead of binge drinking over the weekends and staying sober on the weekdays. Moderation clearly is the key to enjoy your drink.
- Always snack before you drink
Grabbing a wrap or a sandwich before drinking protects the stomach lining from the damage caused by alcohol as it slows down the rate at which alcohol gets absorbed in the bloodstream. It keeps a tab on binge drinking and hangovers as well.
- Steer clear of cocktails
Alcohol alone cannot be blamed for the beer belly. It’s the choice of drink which makes the difference. Cocktails such as Margaritas, Martinis, Pina colada, White Russian, Long Island Iced Tea pack in anywhere around 400 to 800 calories, almost equal to an entire meal. Select low-cal mixers such as mineral water, tonic water, tomato juice or club soda which offer fewer calories. A glass of wine which provides 80-120 calories per glass is your safest best.
Our happetee hangover cure tip: Mix 2 teaspoon lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon sugar to a glass of water.
Keep these pointers in mind and you can enjoy your drink without fretting much about your weight.
From team bon happetee, cheers and of course, don’t drink and drive.
Vishruta is a nutritionist by profession and a writer by heart. Content writing and menu planning have become her passions over the past few years. Love food, love life — is her mantra.