I’d say this is the first question on most people’s lips when they eventually decide to take on a diet – what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet?
And rightly so really – a large percentage of the western world rely on a drink or two when the working day ends…it’s tough out there!
But, that lovely warm buzz that alcohol gives you comes with a big downer for those of us trying to lose weight – unfortunately, alcohol leads to calories (and in most cases – lots of them!).
You see, the more you drink, the less weight you are going to drop, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else.
But all is not lost…if like me…you enjoy the sins of alcohol.
There is a very big difference in how diet-dangerous most alcoholic drinks are – this means there are options that could fit in with a diet (but there are also options that are disastrous for a diet).
Let’s take a closer look at your options…
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What About Wine?
My personal favorite…since I’ve turned 40 anyway!
Did you know that even the strictest of low carb diets will stay on track with the odd glass of wine here and there (the mad low carb diets that have a cap of about 20 grams of carbs a day!).
If you take on a more moderate approach to low carb dieting, wine is not going to be a problem at all…as long as you’re not drinking two bottles a night (caught you!) 🙂
But, please keep in mind that this only applies to dry wine options – sweeter wines (and dessert wine in particular) are loaded up sugar and therefore no good for a dieting individual.
Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking
Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – I used to be totally guilty of this, because I was blissfully unaware of how it affected the weight loss process…
So, we fancy a few drinks tonight with the boys…but what about all those extra calories?
Surely this influx of extra calories is going to ruin our diet efforts?
So why don’t we just skip eating tonight and cut our calorie count down this way – now we’ve got room for alcoholic calories right???
Skipping food when you are drinking will more often than not backfire on you completely, leaving your diet in complete tatters.
You see, most alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar to rise and spike in style…and then crash right down again. This mad crash leaves us absolutely ravenous.
So, before you go out with the lads (or the gals!), make sure you load up on long-lasting energy foods like protein shakes, Greek yogurt or a selection of berries.
You Have to Limit The Drinks…I’m afraid!
Yeah this is the part of the article you really didn’t want to read, and I feel gutted just having to write it!
Most people are under the impression that if they stay away from alcohol all week long, they can go wild on a Friday or Saturday night and still stay on track with their diet…which is not the case I’m afraid!
Staying off the juice all week then going wild on the weekend is probably the worst thing you can do for your diet.
When you drink a truckload in a single night you are taking in huge amounts of alcohol calories. Your body then needs to break down these calories to process them before it even gets to the food calories OR the stored fat in your system!
On top of this – don’t forget that these calories will smash your blood sugar levels off course, and this will in turn, mess with your ‘sensible’ mindset.
All of a sudden you will be a ‘Hungry Harry’ who is not thinking straight due to the alcohol – time for a twelve inch pizza right?
The Following Day…
Even if you stick to drinking dry wines all night, you can still completely ruin your diet by folding to the cravings that come your way the following day.
When you drink too much you get a hangover…and that hangover leads to cravings for large amounts of cheesy, greasy fast food.
With a hangover, you are dehydrated, and this can make you feel more hungrier than normal.
The day after drinking, your body needs to replenish it’s energy sources to deal with the hangover feelings. In most cases, this means it is looking for the richest source of energy it can find, which is fat.
Research shows that you can get around this heavy hangover feeling by simply including a few large glasses of water in your nightly exploits. Simply drink a glass of water after every glass of wine you drink.
Last thing at night, when the alcohol consumption is over, drink some more water before bed and try to slip in a snack that is high in fiber and protein.
Oh, and don’t forget to have a wee before you hit the hay (wine and water = waking up in the early hours and running to the toilet!).
What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?
So there you have it guys – it’s not all good news…but it’s not as bad as you thought…right?
What are your views on drinking and dieting? How do you get around this potential calorie booster? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.