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Booze and weight loss don’t usually mix as seamlessly as vodka and club soda. Although there are various reasons why drinking alcohol can impede weight loss, a glass of wine after a hard day at work is what so many of us crave. Even though we know that drinking alcohol can cause weight gain, we still find healthy ways to continue drinking, while avoiding weight gain.
Drinking alcohol in excess can cause fat accumulation and water retention. So, what’s the solution? Well, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a few drinks while powering towards your weight loss goal if you tap into some useful drinking strategies.
To help you with this dilemma, celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija, in her recent Instagram post, shared some simple hacks to reduce the damage after drinking alcohol, and manage your weight.
She wrote: ‘It was a business meeting, I had to take a drink’
‘My best friend’s birthday, everyone was on my case’
‘It was new year’s!’
‘I was on holiday man’
Alcohol is already high in calories as it is full of sugar therefore, we often crave salty foods on the side. Try to choose healthy substitutes like salted chana, makhana or baked chips. Also, try avoiding fried foods as it will compound the calorie intake.
Alternate every alcoholic drink with water. The rule is to have at least twice as much water for every drink you take. This way you end up drinking less alcohol, plus you will stay hydrated at the same time. In fact, if you follow this technique then you can avoid hangovers and flush out toxins from your body.
Lastly, she suggests having your dinner early because alcohol lowers our inhibitions and makes us hungry, and we tend to eat more food of the wrong kind. So, have your dinner early if you’re going to drink alcohol, as it will help you stay full, drink less and absorb the alcohol better.
So ladies, try these tips next time when you are drinking, and avoid alcohol’s damage!