At all. Nothing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Limit yourself to five for the weekend -- distributed however you like.
Don't worry too much about alcohol content -- just count "drinks." Do, however, avoid sugary mixers. You can have beer, wine, or hard alcohol, but drink the hard alcohol straight or with a non-caloric mixer.
After you get the weight loss or whatever your goal is started, you can "borrow" from your weekend into your week for special occasions -- birthdays, Cinco de Mayo, whatever. But establish a pattern first.
Try to avoid other junk carbs on the weekend if you're drinking. If you have pizza, chips, or fries, don't drink. If you're like me, you'll find yourself skipping the pizza, chips, and fries. Got to have priorities.
This is compatible with weight loss when combined with diet and exercise the rest of the week.
I have five bottles of Everclear ethyl alcohol (95%) sitting in my home bar. On a blood alcohol-to-calorie ratio, you can't beat it. You can mix it with water if you prefer. The taste is, I would say, not traditional, but quite acceptable after you get used to it. You may even prefer it to neat scotch after a while.
It looks a little funny when you order it in a bar, if the bar even carries it, but it's the right thing to do if you are serious in your question.
Atleast 7 hours. Minimum.
Put it in writing, along with your exercise goals.
As far as alcohol goes, clear liquor on the rocks is probably the best followed by dark liquors.
I would say #1 try and avoid excessive sugar in your booze.
Additionally, I would argue that prioritizing sleep before/after a night of booze will help minimize the effects. If your going to go out drinking avoid having shit to do the next day. Id argue that "powering thru" a hangover and trying to force yourself to be productive when your hungover is additional stress your body does not need. If you want to sweat it out, light strength training and cardio is probably the best route.
With any new years fitness goal I think getting atleast 7 hours of sleep every night is important. Lack of sleep is a great way to slow your fitness goals, especially if those fitness goals have a weight loss component
And drink tons of water throughout the night, before bed, and early the next morning.
Fewer calories than most regular beers.
I have lost 35 pounds since August. Most of my food intake is now lean protein. I eat more veggies than ever before and trying to eliminate all added sugar (meaning I don't limit fruit but I now drink my coffee black.) I haven't exercised at all other than occasional walks.
My point: if you do other things (especially exercise; I will be adding daily workouts starting Monday) you can drink whatever you want in moderation.
... most certainly can drink on weekends and be quite fit. Perhaps there is a tradeoff if the fitness goal is high level competition, but otherwise I don't see the conflict.
And light beer is never acceptable in my view.
Stick to clear alcohols like Vodka?
I like bourbon, any reason to shift away from that?
There's no significant difference between hard alcohols. But there is substantial difference between hard alcohol and beer/wine in terms of total caloric content.
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My advice applies to people attempting to radically improve their health and/or physique. And it's actually quite generous. If you're really serious, as I am every year at this time, then my advice is no alcohol, period.
1OZ booze=1 beer as far as alcohol content goes according to the experts.
go my Scotch/German grandmother used to say a bucket of beer is like a loaf of bread, so beer does have more calories and carbs. (No carbs in booze as you know.)
OT...you probably don't remember back when the old timers would walk to the corner tavern with their buckets and then walk home with them full of beer, but it was very common in the area of the town I grew up in.
As the poster above said, there is a difference between training for competition and training to get in/stay in reasonably good shape. Two drinks is a tad restrictive for those looking to stay in shape, IMO.
but that it turns off the "sure I can have another pie, but since I'm trying to watch my weight, let's skip the ice cream" switch.
Not the calories but the reduced judgement about what and how much to eat.
The difference between "light" and regular beers - about 80 calories. Check out the calories for a 12 ounce Guinness. Not that far from a light beer.
Your body can process alcohol out of your system or be an efficient calorie burning machine. Not both.
I think I've gone over the threshold in the 30s where I have less "bounce back" and have to do more to keep up my metabolism.
My colleagues warned me of this phenomenon and I testify its truth.
I consider myself to be a pretty heavy drinker, consuming between 10-20 drinks per week for the past year or so. I have seen some studies and articles that indicate excessive alcohol consumption decreases testosterone production and thereby inhibits muscle growth, but I'm not sure the science backs this up. In my personal experience, I haven't found too much of a drawback in terms of muscle building, as long as I am eating a proper diet otherwise.
To me, that means that the primary way alcohol sabotages your fitness goals is through caloric intake. An calorie from booze is basically a worthless calorie, so anything you don't burn off will go right into your belly as fat. Therefore, my strategy is to 1. Consume drinks with the best "bang for the buck" (i.e. highest concentration of alcohol to calories). And 2. Do cardio several days a week, enough that I am burning at least as many calories as I consumed in alcohol the week before. Assuming 15 drinks at 120 calories a pop, this generally requires about 15 miles of running per week.
My drinks of choice in order are Vodka Soda, Jameson on the Rocks, Crown & Diet coke, Red wine and lastly beer. I try to limit my beer intake whenever possible.
Skip dinner. Zero food calories and less alcohol needed to get lit.
The downside is that you may wake up sitting in a chair covered in Pizza or Burgers and Fries.
In all seriousness, I agree with Wooderson below re: Vodka Soda. Avoid tonic since it has as much sugar as coke. Also is other suggestion is good too (though you may end up with the same problem as skipping dinner).
For work, impromptu social events and living close to Napa/Sonoma. I find myself at gatherings that are unplanned and hard to budget or keep track of where calories have gone during the week/day.
Have to try harder i guess.
That hardest part was giving up beer for that long. However, that, combined with more exercise and more reasonably sized dinners helped me lose more pounds than I ever thought I would (I'm now tring to gain weight). Alcohol has calories so you're not going to avoid the calories all togther. I would think that a cocktail mixed with diet soda (gin and diet tonic or Jack and Diet Coke) would probably be your best bet if you don't want to drink straight liquor.
just have it coincide with your cheat day.
Also, right after a workout it's not terrible to have 1 beer. Doesn't help much with socializing but you can at least get your fix.
Of course, there's also always drinking 'til you puke. Combine with working out 'til you puke to get maximum results.
Weed is also surprisingly low on calories. As in, it has none.
...and one with no personality at that.
Wine in moderation,
All lower cal/lower carb drinks that don't require a skirt and a vapid personality. Make no mistake, people do judge you by your drink order.
I have only smoked it once, years ago, and can't recall the feeling. Is it comparable to being drunk? I am not trying to spark the whole legalize it/keep it illegal debate, just sincerely curious.
The sensations have nothing in common.
It's not uncommon to not receive a high from smoking pot the first time. I had a similar
Experience first time. Second .... Oh my, so this is what all the fuss is about.
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