We’re in the heart of summer…
The sun is out in full force. Record temperatures are being set all across the country…
The partying has begun.
But while it’s great to enjoy a nice day at the beach… or at a BBQ with your friends and family…
You need to be mindful of what usually takes place on those festive days…
The one thing that’s sure to shut down your weight loss efforts.
I’m talking about alcohol.
I understand… we all love to enjoy a drink from time to time. But if you’re trying to lose weight, then alcohol just might be the worst thing you can possibly put into your body.
In fact, I feel confident in saying…
Drinking Alcohol Makes Becoming
Slim And Sexy Nearly Impossible!
The negative effects it has on your body are undeniable.
First, it’s high in calories. The average 12 ounce beer is around 150 calories. So when you kick back two or three of them, it’s like having an extra meal… without any of the nutritious value!
If you’re making mixed drinks, with all the sugary sweeteners and mixers, you can be taking in several hundred calories… per drink!
And these are calories of the worst kind.
Alcohol is almost purely made of carbohydrates. It’s loaded with sugar… and is turned to sugar by your body.
So while your hangover may only last you a few hours. You’ll have something else to remember that night of drinking by, when all those calories…
Get Stored Around Your Butt And Thighs!
And those are just the effects it has directly. What about all the indirect effects?
For one, alcohol impairs your judgment. So if you’re liquored up at a party with all these heavy foods and desserts being passed around… you’re definitely going to find them hard to resist. The temptation will be too high. Your weight loss goals will be forgotten… and before you know it, you just set yourself back massively.
I know what a lot of you are thinking…
“But Ingrid… it’s not like I’m drinking every night. I just drink socially. One night won’t hurt me, right?”
Well… like we just explained, that one night of excess calories can set you back…
But the truth is, it’s never “just one night.” That “one night” actually sets off a whole chain of events…
You see, alcohol dehydrates you. It depletes you of vital vitamins and minerals. It sends your body into panic mode, where it uses up energy to eliminate it from your system. So after a night of drinking, you better believe your fat-blasting workouts are going to suffer the next day!
So not only have you taken in too many calories the night before… now you’re going through the motions on your workout… a level of effort that does nothing to bring you closer to your goals.
Look, we’re all adults here. You can make your own decisions.
All I’m going to ask is that you decide what’s important to you.
Before you pop open a beer or pour that next margarita… ask yourself this.
Is Having This Drink Really Worth Ruining
All The Work I Put In?
Is it worth keeping you from your dream body?
If it’s not… then you need to put the drink down.
Nobody’s saying it has to be like this forever. Once you’re already happy with the way you look, then having a drink every now and then won’t kill you…
But while you’re still in the process of changing…
While you’re still working towards that goal…
Then you want to stay away from anything that threatens your positive momentum. You want to stay away from everything that takes your mind off the prize.
So stay away from alcohol. Keep the drinks down for just 21 days. That’s the time it takes to change a habit. Stay dedicated for those 21 days and note the difference in how you feel.
Then, once those 21 days are up… If you want to have a drink, go ahead. But more times than not, you’ll be feeling so good at that point… you won’t even want to drink!
Once your health is clicking on all cylinders, you probably won’t want to even go back to the way you were!
But that’s up for you to decide.
And if you still do want to have that drink, there are some tips you can follow to minimize the damage.
First, make sure you have a meal before you start drinking. Having food in your stomach will slow down the rate of absorption. You won’t get drunk as fast. And in fact, you might find yourself feeling too full to keep drinking before you ever reach the “drunk point.”
Next, make sure you’re drinking a lot of water. You want to keep yourself hydrated so you don’t wake up the next day feeling lifeless. Don’t make one night of bad decisions turn into two. You can get yourself back on track the next day through a vigorous fat-blasting workout.
Try and stick to the clear alcohols. None of those high-sugar, high-calorie mixers. Clear alcohols are lowest in calories. And removing the mixers means there’s much less sugar to be stored by your body as fat.
And finally… don’t drink and drive! No matter how “fine” you feel, it isn’t worth the risk.
So keep those in mind…
And keep your goals in mind. Decide what’s important to you. How you want to look and feel… When you do that, you may find that you’re able to enjoy this beautiful summer without any alcohol at all!
Like always… any questions… any concerns, leave me a comment in the section below.
How was your 4th of July? Tell me about it! And be honest… how did you feel the next morning? 🙂