Any advice or philosophy for alcohol consumption?

  • As a twenty something, I've manage to live a very healthy lifestyle Monday-Friday. However, the weekends tend to involve drinking with friends, which is hard to give up. I can't help but imagine that I would achieve "six pack abs" if not for my appreciation for beer and friendship. Thoughts? Realistic practices?

    evanjlevy   by: evanjlevy
  • 5 votes
    andysmith  over 1 year ago by: andysmith

    Best bet to get the six pack is to drop the booze, I think.

    However, I've found that drinks like gin/vodka/tequila are better when you are trying to thin out. My favorite is gin with seltzer and some lime juice.

    • rayli
      rayli over 1 year ago

      is this as opposed to beer?

    • andysmith
      andysmith over 1 year ago

      Yeah, as opposed to beer (gluten - high calories), wine (more sugar), sugar NYC cocktails, etc.

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    RoryMurphy  over 1 year ago by: RoryMurphy

    I live in a country with SUPER cheap alcohol (Spain), so I know your problem. A couple of tactics that I've started to use recently are: To drink a low calorie - no alcoholic drink between each beer or wine (water if you can manage it) and to only buy good quality/expensive drinks. I find I drink slower that way just because of how much it costs. The glass of water between alcoholic drinks keeps the cost from soaring to high.

  • 2 votes
    Maaike  over 1 year ago by: Maaike

    I drink alcohol too. Usually just one or two nights a week. I try to drink red wine only, since that is not that bad and even has some benefits too. Although, sometimes I drink beer and cocktails too, which is not good. But hey, as long as it's just once in a while, I don't mind. Live is not about being perfect, at least not for me :)

    Seriously, would you rather have six pack abs instead of friendship? But maybe there is some middle ground. Can't you try to drink just one night a week?

    • Maaike
      Maaike over 1 year ago

      Haha, no, of course it isn't. Nobody should drink because they feel pressured to do so.

      But drinking in moderation can lead to positive things, and having a great time with friends can be one of them. For me it's not worth giving up those moments in order to have a perfect body.

      Of course I'm not talking about drinking heavily or alcoholism here. That is just plain bad of course.

    • Maaike
      Maaike over 1 year ago

      By the way, live? Haha, lol. I'm sorry, I'm Dutch so sometimes I make stupid mistakes. Although this one is really bad ;)

  • 1 vote
    phormalitize  over 1 year ago by: phormalitize

    I often drink something alcohol free (sometimes I get weird looks, but I mostly people assume I am the DD, and I often volunteer to be). Club soda with a splash of some kind of juice is one of my favorites.

  • 1 vote
    Superalzy  over 1 year ago by: Superalzy

    As someone with an appreciation for good craft beer, it can be a real challenge to give it up. When I found out my favorite beer was more than 250 calories PER BEER, it became a little easier. Mostly I stick to clear beverages like vodka and soda water if I'm out drinking and I space them out by alternating between alcohol and just soda water and lime. No one can tell when my drink is alcoholic or not.

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    YankDownUnder  over 1 year ago by: YankDownUnder

    I just ran across this article on "60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing" on greatest.com http://greatist.com/health/60...

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    BlueCamelart  over 1 year ago by: BlueCamelart

    Keep it light, light beers, no sodas in your drinks, instead tonics and soda water

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    kawaiola  over 1 year ago by: kawaiola

    This is a tough one for me, too, though I've been getting a little better at saying yes to hanging out and no to drinks. It really helps if you let your friends know you're dieting and working out -- my friends were super understanding (and even encouraging/motivating) about my not always wanting to drink/go out cause they knew what I was doing and why, and what I was working toward.

    But if I do drink, I try to space out each drink with one to two servings of water. It slows me down a ton.

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