Losing (weight) when boozing

by Khushboo on October 3, 2016

I was at a fitness event last week and heard of a new-to-me term: Alcorexia. Those who follow this diet skip meals and/or eat fewer less during the day in order to save calories to use towards his/her alcohol consumption later on. Unsurprisingly, this concept left me feeling horrified.  Er hello, does the idea of health mean nothing anymore??

The sad reality is that many people tend to adopt this approach to alcohol, be it a conscious decision or not. While I totally understand the desperation to lose weight, the idea of replacing food with alcohol is absolutely ludicrous to me. Between alcohol’s calorie content & its effect on metabolism, the hard truth is that drinking too much will eventually slow down weight loss…even if you incorporate it into your daily caloric allowance.  Fortunately with a bit of precaution, drinking alcohol can definitely factor into a weight loss plan.  And there are certainly more effective (and healthier) ways to keep it in your diet without stalling your weight loss/management goals:

1) Skipping meals pre-drinking is a recipe for disaster.  Instead line your stomach to stabilize your blood sugar levels, delay the rate of alcohol absorption into your system and also prevent a hangover.  Ideally aim for a meal that contains a good balance of carbs and protein like eggs & toast, Greek yogurt & berries, sweet potato & tofu, sushi…options are endless!

Whole Foods Brown Rice Sushi

2) Skip cocktails, shots and sugary mixers (i.e. juices & fizzy drinks including diet alternatives).  On its own, alcohol is already calorically-dense and packs in a hefty amount of sugar. Adding in more sugar  can easily result in each drink packing in 300-400 calories!!  

3) Instead opt for straight alcohol like wine or spirits on the rocks or diluted with soda. Although soda as a mixer is far from exciting, I find that adding ingredients like lemon/lime juice, fresh fruit slices, and mint leaves can make a tremendous difference.  

NAC drinks

4) Avoid binge drinking and cap your intake to 2, max 3, drinks a night. When you drink alcohol, your body needs to process it before it can continue to break down food calories and stored fat.  As a result the the more you drink, the longer it will take for your body to burn fat.   

5) Practice moderation and limit your intake to twice a week.  That nightly glass of wine adds up far quicker than we’d like to admit!

6) Along with watching your alcohol calories, be weary of the calories you consume post-drinking.  Anyone who has had too much to drink will agree that those cravings for greasy fast food are almost impossible to resist.  

Sweet Potato Fries Plate

7) As alcohol acts as a diuretic, be sure to stay hydrated and alternate each drink with a glass of water.

So long as you exercise some degree of caution, you can certainly have your drank lose weight too ;)!

What’s your current drink of choice? My go-to is tequila over ice with lime juice & a splash of soda

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan October 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

I am not much of a drinker as you can tell from my current drink of choice of a pineapple and banana smoothie. But, I was so intrigued to learn about “Alcorexia” I had no clue it had a name – though I know gals who practice it.
Happy Monday Khushboo!


Khushboo October 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

As much as I love me a drank, I love me a good old smoothie just as much ;)!


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Khushboo October 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Thanks Adarsh!


Tara @ Sweat like a Pig October 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

I hate to admit this but 10 years ago I was definitely alcorexic! These days, I know far better and stick to two, max three, glasses of wine at a time – after a full meal, of course!


Khushboo October 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Glad you’ve smartened up with your alcohol consumption ;)!


Nisha @ Honey What's Cooking October 10, 2016 at 8:01 am

OMG.. I so can’t avoid sugary drinks. I love sangria, margaritas, mojitos, anything that is bad for you. I guess the only thing that would be decent is Rum and Diet Coke. 🙂


Khushboo October 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Mmm I do love me a glass of sangria :p!


sarita @ it's my girls' world October 14, 2016 at 3:24 am

I’d never heard of alcorexia before this!! THese are great tips though and your drink of choice sounds amazing!


Khushboo October 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Give it a shot- tastes delish!!!


dixya @food, pleasure, and health October 14, 2016 at 5:41 am

i had no idea that there is an official term for that. my go-to is mostly gin and tonic or currently im into moscow mule


Khushboo October 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm

I’m yet to try a Moscow Mule!!


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