Alcohol and Your Waistline

27 Nov

Many people tend to drink more over the holidays because of all of the parties and social gatherings. This often results in horrible hangovers and excess weight, especially around the midsection. You can disguise the weight gain with baggy tops and sweatpants and say you’ll lose it in the New Year or you can stay lean and rock your fabulous body!

If you don’t drink, you can send these tips to your friends who do. Of course no alcohol is the best scenario for your waisteline, but for those of you that drink, its time to make smarter choices. Below are ten guidelines that will help you feel and look better this holiday season.

1. Avoid juice as a mixer at all costs. Juice contains a lot of sugar and a lot of calories. EIght ounces of cranberry juice has an average of 136 calories and 31 grams of sugar. Three of these would equal nearly 100 grams of sugar.  

2. Alternate alcohol with water. Many people don’t realize they are drunk because they consume too much too fast. Enjoy your drinks and alternate them with water. Chance are that you will drink less and you can enjoy the buzz without doing something you may regret.

3. Drink red wine. Malbec is my favorite. Even the Mayo clinic claims red wine to be “heart healthy” because it contains antioxidants and Resveratrol. Resveratol reduces bad cholesterol and may prevent blood clots.

4. Wait till your glass is empty before allowing the waiter to give you more. Many times the waiter will top your glass off and you never really know how much wine your are drinking. This can lead you to drink a lot more than you may have intended.

5. Drink a lot of water at the end of the night. This will hydrate you and make your hangover more bearable.

6. If you like it hard, opt for a low calorie mixer. Spirits such as gin, rum, vodka, whisky , tequila, brandy and cognac contain around 65 calories and tend to have a higher alcohol concentration but watch what you mix it with. My favorites are diet coke, water with lemon, crystal light or diet sprite. Best option is on the rocks if you can tolerate it.

7. If you like beer, always go Lite, especially if you tend to drink 3 or more at a time. A Sam Adams Boston Lager weighs in around 180 calories. Can you say hello beer gut? A Budweiser Select is only 55 calories. You may sacrifice the taste but if you like to drink, your better off with a lower calorie beer.

8. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Drinking on an empty stomach tends to lower your blood glucose which is why most people crave greasy fattening foods when they drink. By eating a balances meal of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, the effects of alcohol will be less abrasive.

9. Avoid creamy drinks. Most creamy drinks are full of fat and sugar which masks the alcohol effect and has you wanting more. You are better off having a real dessert and a glass of wine.

10. Trade it up for a skinny drink. My friend swears she’s lost inches off her waistline by drinking the Skinny Girl drinks instead of wine.

WIth all the food and alcohol surrounding you over the holidays, I hope you will make good choices. Your worth it!

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Happy Holidays!
Below is a picture of me in Sonoma enjoying a nice glass of wine after running the Nike Women’s San Francisco marathon last month.

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In Health and Happiness,

Madeline

http://www.Madfitness.com

2 Responses to “Alcohol and Your Waistline”

  1. Julian E S Wright November 27, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Another awesome post. I find that besides drinking water in between, drinking a Gatorade (32 oz if u went hard lol) prior to going to sleep or as your last drink stops hangovers.  Dehydration is a key to inducing hangovers and the electrolytes and sodium help with that as well as any bowel discomfort.  Do not drink Powerade because it has B12 and other B vitamins, unless u want to stay awake all night lol.

    Julian E S Wright  Please excuse any typos  Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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