So you have decided to lose weight, good for you, but what are some of the best ways to achieve this goal.
Of course you know that what you eat and the amount of exercise you do has a bearing on your weight, but what else?
You may have heard a lot of people talking about ‘Dry January’, which is when you will cut out all of the alcoholic drinks during the month of January.
Well, this is another way that you can achieve your weight loss goals. As long as you are able to withstand the temptation.
And this is the problem with cutting items completely from your diet, you will end up thinking of them constantly and before long you have fallen completely off the wagon.
When this occurs you will either overindulge and ruin any of your previous efforts, or will simply give up on your new healthier choices.
So what can you do? Well, instead of cutting alcohol completely would it not be a better idea to use a little moderation instead, or perhaps make a few changes to the type of alcohol you drink?
Cut calories through moderation
By drinking in moderation you can still have fun but can save those vital calories you need to lose weight.
This can be difficult of course, and the more you drink the less you will be able to resist the temptation to overindulge.
What I suggest is that if you are planning a night out drinking to try to compensate with your meals during the day.
For example try to avoid too many heavy carbs and fats, instead try to fill up on vegetables and lean protein. This will allow you to indulge a little in the night without affecting your diet efforts too much.
Another tip to cut back on the amount of alcohol you consume would be to have a drink of water between your alcoholic beverages.
Cut calories through drink choice
There are certain alcoholic drinks that contain more calories than others.
For example if you want to cut calories on a night out you should avoid the following:
The reason for this is they contain a high percentage of sugar. You should also avoid those that contain cream too.
I would suggest you try to stick to vodka if you want to cut your calorie intake as it only contains 72 calories in a 35 ml serving (1 shot).
You can still have fun on a night out without ruining your good work during the day.
Make the right choices, both in terms of moderation and the type of drink consumed and you will start to see good weight loss results without denying yourself.