A night out on the town is a great way to unwind after a long busy week at the office.
However, alcohol consumption (even moderate) can really derail all the hard work you did Monday- mid-Friday because of course Friday at 5 = the weekend. Drinks after work, cocktails with clients, wine with a dinner date, and the occasional party are all part of life’s simple pleasures.
Unfortunately, like most amazing things, there is also a downside. Alcohol has the uncanny ability to help the body store fat. They really should switch the name from beer belly to booze belly.
Look, I don’t expect you to stop your life and live like a hermit, instead, try out Club Sweat’s 3 happy hour diet strategies to minimize the damage alcohol is doing to your body.
Pick your poison. Drinks or food?
Save your waistline and fill up on protein and vegetables. On drink, nights choose one or the other, if you’re going to have carbs and fatty foods limit the number of drinks you’re going to have. If you know it’s going to be “one of those nights” do your best to avoid the nachos and all the fatty dips and invest in a few more cocktails, chances are it might get you up on the dance floor burning some of those excess calories.
Cut out the extra sugars
Avoid mixed drinks with high amounts of sugar in them. When we ingest sugar it spikes our insulin levels up and shoots fat right to our love handles and muffin tops. Instead opt for a diet beverage, water, or pack some crystal light with you, order your cocktail of choice (with water of course) throw a splash of crystal light in . Not only will you save yourself hundreds of calories, and a crazy sugar hangover but you may discover a new favorite drink.
Go a little darker
The most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world may, in fact, be the worst. Beer contains estrogen which is bad new for women as it just shuttles fat right to your triceps and thighs, men we don’t get off easy either, it gives us that famous beer belly and man boobs none of us should desire. That being said I f you’re going to drink beer take a dabble on the dark side. Usually, darker beers take longer to drink and are a bit more filling, so you can still enjoy your beer without packing on an insane amount of calories, and save yourself the dreaded beer hangover.
Small changes go a long way. Stick to these 3 tips and enjoy your weekends without sacrificing all the hard work you did during the week.