Summer nights are just around the corner which means plenty of happy hours, barbecues, and late nights to go around. Most of these events include drinking and generally food as well. It is possible to enjoy a few drinks while sticking to your healthy lifestyle and maintaining or losing weight. Remember: one 5 ounce glass of wine is 120 calories, 12 ounces of light beer is 110 calories, and 1.5 ounces of liquor is 100 calories – multiple drinks in one night can add up fast!
- Drink water between each alcoholic beverage – it is important to stay hydrated. Plus, you’ll feel better in the morning!
- Eat a healthy meal before (or while) enjoying your beverages. Get in all those nutrients before your event. That buzz can lead you to make poor food choices! We all know that… right? Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can lead to drops in blood sugar causing those late night cravings. Try to avoid the pizza, fries, and cheesesteaks by planning ahead. One night can lead to hundreds (yes, hundreds) of extra calories. Prep some healthier snacks before heading out so you’ll have something ready to eat when you get home.
- Choose drinks lower in calories. These include a glass of wine, a glass of champagne, a vodka soda with a lime wedge, etc. By avoiding sweet mixers, mixed drinks, and heavy beers you are saving yourself calories and staying away from too much sugar.
- Limit your drinking to one to two nights per week and limit your drinks per night to two to three beverages. It may seem silly to put limits on your drinking, but leading a healthy lifestyle includes cutting back on drinks.