8 ways to survive work drinks & parties & stay on track for a weight loss goal
The last point is my favourite & personally what I tend to do...
Disclaimer: The goal here is moderation. You may have to drink less. Unfortunately, we're not calorie free alcohol producing wizards
1. Drink bottles instead of schooners
There are around 50 calories less per bottle of beer than in a schooner
If you plan to have a few over an afternoon or evening that can easily add up
2. Order wine by the glass not the bottle
We all know it's "a shame to waste" the last glass or 2 of the bottle, and you're much more likely to drink the full bottle if you order one
Just like biscuits if you just want to have a couple it's almost impossible to do if you have more than a couple in front of you
3. Drink dark glassed bottles
The idea is to hold onto this beer a bit longer than normal
Being darker glass it's harder for friends to spot you're running low, and get the next round in
It's also harder for the bartender to suggest "Another beer guys"
4. Eat beforehand
This has two benefits
- You're not hungry so you are less likely to eat
- Drinking on an empty stomach means you feel the effects quicker which means worse decisions and the chance you'll drink more
Worse choice decisions mean when you do get hungry the chances of you eating something in line with your overall goals is pretty much non existent
Ok this one is super obvious
But who's really going to argue with "no more for me thanks I'm driving"
If you use public transport to get there, make an excuse like "Sorry I have to drop the kids out later" or "I have an early drive in the morning" as we've all heard stories of failed breath tests early the following day
6. Manage your week
Less calories the day before means some in reserve for Friday drinks
A Saturday run may help burn off any extra calories consumed
Accelerator days before and/or after are great, ultimately this only works if you think ahead and plan
Remember the saying "Fail to Plan - Plan to Fail"
7. If you can't get "will power" get a bigger reason to drink less
Maybe it's avoiding diabetes or heart disease
Maybe it's being an awesome Super Mum or Super Dad setting an amazing role model for your kids
Maybe it's because you don't want to waste your free time with your family on the weekend as we all know we're more tired, less present and more miserable after an evening drinking
Or maybe it's just because whatever your mission is it's bigger than an extra few wines or beers
8. Just enjoy it
At the end of the day a couple drinks at the end of a tough week shouldn't be a big issue and if it's something you enjoy and feel is good for you
Do it, enjoy it!
Maybe look at making a couple of changes elsewhere, this may be a better option for you
The Vision Personal Training recommends that if you stay under 7 units for the week, you'll still be able to hit your goal
That's if you nail everything else of course!
*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.