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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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