“Can I drink alcohol and still lose weight?”
Yes, you can! Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo weekend, or enjoying a regular night out with friends—with our top tips and tactics you can protect your weight loss and stay well on track for success…
Discover your tipping point
As well as the calories in alcohol (often much higher than we realize, and they don’t fill us up like the calories in food), Slimming World research has revealed that having slightly too much alcohol (reaching what we call our “tipping point”) can tip us into drinking and eating far more than we ever intended. And, as a result, this can have an impact on our weight.
After reaching our personal tipping point, our inhibitions weaken, along with our best intentions. And whether it’s alcohol-soaking late-night snacks (often high in fat) or a greasy breakfast the next morning, you could end up consuming as many as 6,300 extra calories overall—and that could stack up to a weight gain of almost 2lbs!
Prepare to have fun
In a survey of Slimming World members, an overwhelming majority reported that they still enjoy a drink and lose weight, and 92 percent said that following our Food Optimizing eating plan helped them cut back on the booze. Here are a few proven strategies for enjoying a drink (or two!) and seeing great results on the scales:
- If you’ve got a number of drinks you’d like to stick to, let your family or friends know so they can be supportive. They may even join you!
- Having a filling Food Optimizing meal before drinking—and something healthy waiting for you when you get home—can keep you fuller through the evening and make the late-night, high-fat snacks less enticing.
- Stocking your fridge or pantry with the makings for your favorite Food Optimizing breakfast means you can enjoy a tasty and satisfying morning-after-the-night-before meal and help keep your weight loss on track.
Top tips for delicious drinks
- Drinking sparkling mineral water, club soda, seltzer or diet sodas between glasses of alcohol will stretch out your drinking—and you’ll feel better the next morning! For flavored seltzers or sparkling water, look for those labeled less than 5 calories per serving.
- A single shot of liquor (1½ oz) with a low-calorie mixer, such as vodka and diet or zero lemon-lime soda, or rum and diet or zero soda is a good choice, as is a dry white-wine spritzer with club soda.
- Ask for your shot of liquor and mixer in separate glasses so you can get more than one drink from your shot. You can also split a glass of wine into two drinks by asking for an extra glass—then it will feel like you’ve had two glasses for the price of one!
So, now you’ve got an action plan in place, you can say yes to all those invitations, raise your glass, and say cheers to a slimmer you!