When it comes to losing weight, alcohol can be the difference between reaching your target or staying bloated, wobbly and unhappy with your body image. For me, I really struggle with choosing between having a couple of drinks on a Friday night and then having the motivation to get to the gym and eat healthily for the rest of the weekend.
Here is how alcohol affects my weight loss:
- Alcohol is basically just empty calories so I might have stuck to 1500 calories throughout the day, but come 9pm on a Friday night and that figure could be a good 1000 calories bigger just from a few glasses of wine!
- Alcohol makes me hungry – after a few glasses of cider I have hunger pangs. This is a mix of dehydration and the munchies. I reach for whatever I can find in the fridge or end the night in the local pizza takeaway with a full-sized garlic bread with cheese all to myself.
- Alcohol makes me incredibly hung over! I used to be able to party the night away, having multiple drinks throughout the night and wake up the next day feeling great. Now, I wake up with a headache, really tired and often feeling rather nauseous. Not only does this mean that I can’t get out of bed to go to the gym, I also tend to reach for the nearest fatty food like McDonalds and full-fat coke.
All in all, alcohol = epic fail when it comes to weight loss. But then we come to another problem…I don’t necessarily want to stop drinking alcohol. I like a gin & tonic, a glass of wine and a vintage cider when the mood takes me. I just don’t have that switch in my brain that tells me I have had enough and maybe now would be a good time to switch to water or soft drinks.
Does anyone else have this problem?
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am not a raging alcoholic and only drink once or twice a week at the most, in fact, I can go for weeks at a time without a drop of alcohol passing my lips! I just need to find the right balance between letting my hair down and getting a hangover!
With Christmas just around the corner I have the PERFECT Christmas Cocktail to tickle your taste buds.
Introducing The Pomfizz…
Recipe (for one cocktail):
25ml Gin (I use Gordons)
50ml Pomegranate juice (don’t get a juice with loads of extra sugar in, try as natural and pure as possible)
50ml Martini Rosato
Prosecco or Champagne to top up
Put the gin and martini into a champagne glass and then add the pomegranate juice
Add the crushed ice so that all of the liquid is covered
Top up the glass with the fizz!
NB. This is also perfect as a pitcher drink. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of poeple you are making the cocktail for.
In your jug add the gin, Martini and juice. Top up with champagne or prosecco. Put the crushed ice into individual glasses and pour the cocktail over the ice to serve.
I don’t know about you, but I always find it so difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle during the weekend. I like the odd Gin and Tonic and we often go out to eat on a Friday night and Sunday lunchtime. When eating out it is so difficult to choose a healthy option, especially if you are a fussy eater (I could be classed as fussy although I think I just have a refined palette) and there will often be hidden calories and fat in dressings and sauces.
Well…this weekend I am going to make an effort to stick to my new balanced lifestyle. One of the main problems is that during the week my meals are structured. I have my breakfast, have my lunch at work and then go home and have dinner. At the weekend there is no such structure – sometimes I will have breakfast but mostly I will miss it then have a lot to eat mid-morning, miss my lunch then have an afternoon snack and a big dinner – or no dinner and end up in the kebab shop at 1am. I wait until I am hungry which means I often eat more – I also choose bad foods including chocolate (see my previous post here) lots of chocolate.
So, this weekend I will make sure I have breakfast and then keep myself busy until lunch time. This shouldn’t be too hard as I am decorating my spare bedroom and prepping my house for when we get re-plastered. Also, I am at a party so I know to wait until I get to the buffet instead of eating a big dinner before I go and then sticll tucking into a mini sausage roll or two!
Happy weekends everyone, sending you luck for your healthy weekend!