HOW TO COMBAT THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL...

** HOW TO MINIMISE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL WHEN IT COMES TO FAT LOSS **

You can still enjoy yourself and achieve your fitness goals at the same time! In this short article I'm far from trying to put you off drinking and enjoying yourself as with everything, balance is the key to sustainability and a lasting change. I'm just going to talk a little bit about how Alcohol can hinder your fat loss efforts if we don't take right the steps (mentioned below) to try and combat the negative effects that comes along with consuming Alcohol.  

Anyways, the weekend is here (nearly) and most will head out tonight, tomorrow and maybe even Sunday for a few drinks after a long week at work which is perfectly fine, I'm probably going to do the same - after all, I advocate the importance of balance when it comes to socialising with all of my clients. 

We all know at this stage that Alcohol consumption can hinder our fat loss progress greatly due to the fact that Alcohol contains so many calories (nearly twice as much as protein and carbs). Different drinks contain calories from different sources for example wine and beer have a high carb count while some cocktails contains fats. The affects that these different calorie types have on the body are different but the overall result is normally excess fat storage.

So, you're probably thinking what can you do to minimise and/or combat this?

1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT DRINKS:

Again, go out and enjoy yourself if you are going out, but if you have spent the full week in the gym, attending a local class, hired a Personal Trainer, the last thing you want to do is to ruin all of your hard work! The drinks that I would stick with are the following
-Clear spirits, vodka plus a diet mixer is always a good go to option. The diet option here is a key as it has no sugar and remember sugar makes you fat!
-Light beers and/or cider, half the calories of a normal beer or cider it contains less sugar than a normal beer.
-Gin & slimline tonic = only around 50 calories!

2. TRY NOT EAT SHIT FOOD AFTER THE CLUB OR PUB:

Easier said than done, trust me, I know!!! But what can help a lot here is having a meal prepared at home before you head out. After consuming so many empty extra calories from the alcohol, the last thing your body needs is a big greasy kebab from your local chipper even though your brain is telling you different. 

3. TRAIN AND EAT A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL THE DAY YOU'RE HAVING A FEW DRINKS:

Why and how you may ask? The reason for doing this is to burn extra calories and make room for the calories that will be consumed from the Alcohol!
This can be done by simply doing some extra cardio, adding in supersets and trisets into your workouts to keep the intensity level of the workout up and finally make the workout longer than normal. 
Aside from changing up your training that day, you should also change up your nutrition also. Dropping your calories by 500 if possible with a mainly protein dominant day of food. Fasting for a few hours that morning would also be very beneficial here, again coming back to making more room for the calories for the alcohol as fat loss will always come back to calories in VS calories out. Remember to also hydrate before and after your night out!

Hope this helps, tag whoever you're going for a few drinks with this weekend and together ye can try put these steps into action, but most importantly enjoy yourself and don't fret - remember balance is key! JMF.