"Can I drink alcohol in moderation on my weight loss journey??"
The short answer? Absolutely, you can!! The most important thing to remember when drinking alcohol while trying to lose weight is that your body will always burn alcohol for energy before anything else. This means that your fat burning will likely stop at least while alcohol is in your system. BUT, it's not realistic to think that anyone is going to cut out alcohol altogether on their health/weight loss journey, so what is the best way to enjoy some drinks and still stay on track to hit your goals??
One of the best ways to drink and stay on track, is to stick to low carb and low sugar options. This will allow for your alcohol consumption to have the smallest impact as possible!
Here are some good choices and things to consider the next time you hit the bar or have a drink with friends-
Dry red wines- You wouldn't think that wine is a good choice since it's made from fruit, but some dry red wines are actually very low in sugar and carbs making it a great choice for an occasional drink! Alternately, sweeter wines, obviously, wouldn't be such a great choice as the sugar content is much higher.
Hard liquors- Most hard liquors like whiskey and vodka are very low, or even zero carb. As mentioned above, the risk is in the mixers, so be careful what you decide to mix it with! Try mixing with soda water, garnish with a lime, or even mixed with diet soda or a sugar-free mixer!
Beer- Beer, in general, isn't a great choice as it's made from grains. However, there are a few good low carb options on the market, most being lighter beers. Try to avoid darker, heavier beers, and be sure to check nutrition information to make sure its a good choice! Also, keep in mind that even low carb beer is still beer, and can still come with the infamous beer bloat!
If you're feeling stressed about an event and making good choices, make a plan for what you're going to order ahead of time to take the guesswork out, remember that keeping it simple is always your best bet, and as always, I'm here if you need a little extra help and support! Cheers!!
With love and a little kick in the ass,