Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Alcohol in Moderation
I get a lot of questions about whether or not you can drink alcohol while trying to lose weight and eat clean.
I have addressed this before, but this is a common questions and a real concern for people who enjoy socially drinking.
Yes, you can enjoy a drink while following a clean diet and trying to lose weight.
Like everything else, it's about moderation.
Perhaps you like to drink a glass of wine a few nights a week, while preparing dinner. That's just fine to indulge in a glass of wine a few times a week, just make sure to count it towards your daily calories and follow that glass of wine with 8-12 ounces of water.
Having a drink a few times a week is OK, but excessive drinking is not OK when you are working towards a goal of losing weight, taking charge of your diet, and following a clean diet.
Alcohol has a diuretic effect, and you can become dehydrated quickly. Not to mention it has an effect on every organ and can be quite damaging especially to your liver in large quantities. It's also EMPTY calories and adds up quickly towards your daily caloric intake. Even light beer usually has 110 calories. I don't know about you, but I would rather use that 110 calories towards a light snack after dinner, than a filling, bloating, diuretic beer.
So in conclusion, yes you can drink alcohol. Count it towards your daily calories, follow up with water and limit it to a 1-2 drinks a few times a week (at most).