Can I still drink alcohol whilst I am trying to lose weight?
A common question!
The answer is Yes!
How though? – you need to be able to do moderation. If you can’t and fat loss is your goal you shouldn’t drink. Here’s why.
So, we know you need to create a calorie deficit to lose fat. Let’s say the calorie deficit over a week you have created is 3000 calories. This would be you on target to lose 0.5kg that week (ish)
You have a big night out planned. You drink a bottle of prosecco, a large glass of wine and 2 expresso martinis. In the alcohol alone there is 1500 calories. Let’s add the fast food you have on the way home, let’s say McDonald’s big mac meal with a coke, 1170. You wake up the next day feeling a little tender, craving something fatty and carby. Bacon and egg roll from the local cafe, 600 calories.
Total calories – 3270
That’s your whole deficit and more on one night out. If you have 2 nights out a week like this then this will explain the weight gain you have experienced, even though you have been “good” all week.
You can 100% have a wine/beer or two here and there and still lose weight, you just need to be smart about it.
If you have a tendency to not be able to stop at one or two then I suggest you give it up for a while until you get to your goal 🙂
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