First off, hopefully you are a 21-year-old freshman, but in order to stay looking good after your 21 run, you’ll want to know how you can rage all night and not erase your gains.
Turns out, it’s pretty simple as Dick Talens, founder for Fitocracy mapped out three simple rules for punishing your body with alcohol while keeping the pounds off.
Rule #1: Consume protein instead of fat
Talens explains the misconceptions around fat, probably the most prevalent is that dietary fat is what makes you fat, even when you drink. Though that is not completely true. So long as you’re burning more calories than you consume, you should be burning fat too.
Alcohol complicates this because your body cannot store it, therefore it prioritizes burning alcohol over fat. Therefore when you go out and spend your energy walking from bar to bar, your body puts fat on the back burner so to speak, and burns the five Buds you slammed back at the last bar instead.
To help reverse the trend, opt for more foods with low fat and with high amounts of lean protein on days you plan on drinking (maybe that’s everyday). The protein will keep you full longer and help you from caving in to those late night cravings.
Rule #2: Avoid the late night cravings
Nothing caps off a night of successful partying like a greasy pizza or cheeseburger. Something about warm, fatty foods combined with the seven shots of vodka in your stomach just makes you feel good.
While it might give you short term bliss, this is a huge culprit of why you may be choosing between paying for textbooks or new pants.
Talens maps it out like this: 10 shots is less than 1,000 calories – which by no means is justification for downing 10 shots, but hey be responsible – which is manageable. What isn’t so manageable is the late night burger and fries that will likely add on another 1,600, and that’s 2,600 calories without even counting all the other stuff you ate that day.
If you are going to binge eat at night, do so on lean, high protein foods like chicken breasts and salads instead of hot dogs and cheese fries.
Rule #3: Pick drinks with a higher alcohol-to-calorie ratio
Contrary to what you might have thought, liquor doesn’t have that many calories. It’s when you mix it with Coke or into a daiquiri that you’re tacking them on.
Drinks with the lowest ratio include: liquor, red or white wine (the drier the better), Champagne, or light beer. Talens advises that any drinks on this list with at least a B- rating should be ok and help you party your way to that six-pack.
Personally I like to either go with a brew or whiskey and water, responsibly of course.
If you’re someone who enjoys a drink, but is trying to look better in time for beach season, no fear. You don’t need to be that weirdo sipping just water at the bar, follow these rules and you can have the best of both worlds.