Dec 09 2013

How To Reduce Your Xmas Alcohol Consumption

  Christmas = parties = overindulgence = 5 pounds (on average) gain in weight.  Here are my tips to help you keep control of your alcohol calorie consumption… No.1 – Give yourself a limit Let’s say your average consumption per week is 8 units (drinks). Limit yourself to that number…

 

Christmas = parties = overindulgence = 5 pounds (on average) gain in weight.  Here are my tips to help you keep control of your alcohol calorie consumption…

No.1 – Give yourself a limit

Let’s say your average consumption per week is 8 units (drinks). Limit yourself to that number every week even over Christmas.  If your Christmas party is on Friday and it’s going to be ‘messy’, be sensible and don’t drink Monday – Thursday

No.2 – Drink small glasses of wine or from beer bottles.
People subconsciously conform to groups: when it’s time for the next round you’ll generally find that everyone is on their last few sips.  If you drink from smaller glasses or bottles overall your consumption will be less e.g. 4 bottles vs 4 pints

No.3 – Eat beforehand.
Don’t make a bad situation worse.  Eat a large protein based meal before you start to drink, this will stop you snacking on ‘nibbles’. It will also fill your stomach, limiting the room for multiple drinks.  If you’ve got the munchies after the night is over, have a protein shake when you get back home

No.4 – Drink spirits with soda water Sugar is the number 1 reason that people gain unwanted weight.  If you were to have five JD and coke, that would equate to 100g of sugar from the mixer alone, or an additional 400 kcal’s not including the spirit itself!  Adding soda, or plain water to your drink will help prevent adding additional centimetres on your waist.

No.5 – Start drinking with the main meal rather than starter.  Let’s say it takes 45-60 minutes for your main to come out after sitting down for a meal.  That’s enough time to polish off 3-4 glasses of wine.  Starting the drinking later will save you a bottle of wine (approx. 750 kcal’s).

Be merry this Christmas, but not too 😉
Salman Kassam
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