5 Tips For Drinking Without Losing Gains
New Years Eve is upon us, and we all know it’s tradition to cut loose on the last day of the year and celebrate the ball drop and adding 1 to the year on the calendar with a bevy in hand. -
Now, alcohol can negatively impact your hydration levels, your sleep, recovery and overall performance in the days following a night out on the town. -
However, just because you’re trying to build muscle and lose fat doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy some drinks with friends once in a while or have fun. Sacrificing mental health for physical appearance isn’t exactly a win. -
It’s all about balance and moderation, so since tonight calls for celebration, we want to help you minimize the negative impacts of alcohol and allow you to enjoy your night without sacrificing the gains you’ve worked so hard to achieve all year.
1) Stick to Lower Calorie Drinks
Dry wines and spirits mixed with low calorie or zero calorie liquids are going to be your best bet. Alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, which makes them quite calorie dense to begin with and adding sugary, high calorie mixes really adds up fast.
2) Maximize Time Between Weight Training Sessions and Alcohol Consumption
Ideally, you’d be best to avoid training the day of and day after a night of drinking so your recovery and performance on your workouts wouldn’t be impaired. But if that’s not possible, just do your best to space them out as much as you can.
3) Keep Your Fat Intake Low on Drinking Days
Acetate, (the toxic compound of alcohol) inhibits the body’s fat burning processes, so fat in the bloodstream is more readily absorbed any time you drink. You can minimize this effect by lowering your fat intake on days when you’ll be drinking.
4) Drink Plenty of Water to Stay Hydrated
Alcohol is extremely dehydrating, so drinking plenty of water throughout the night will help minimize a potential hangover and allow you to recover faster from your night out.
5) Save up Calories for Later in the Night
Your willpower usually becomes impaired when consuming alcohol, so saving up a higher percentage of your daily calories for this period will help you keep from going overboard. - 16 days ago