The 5 Simple Ways You Can Lose Weight While Still Drinking

Alcohol is the enemy of so many diets. It’s hard to imagine that a liquid could contribute so many calories to your body and contribute to so much weight gain, yet it does. But what if we were to tell you that there is a way that you can still enjoy some alcohol with your weight loss plan and succeed?

First, you have to understand what alcohol does to your system to contribute to so much weight gain. Then we’ll start talking about the top five simple ways you can lose weight while still drinking on page 4.

Alcohol doesn’t make fat

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Alcohol is high in sugar, but doesn’t create fat. | Panpetch Petchphloy/iStock/Getty Images

Think about the food that you eat in a macro way. There are really only three groups: Carbs, fats, and proteins. They all have calories and all contribute to your waistline. But alcohol doesn’t really fall under any of these categories, but it still contributes to your overall calories intake.

However, the alcohol flushed out of your system before it can become fat. That’s because you’re liver will metabolize the alcohol out since it’s technically a toxic compound.

Next: Here’s the super sneaky way that alcohol does make you gain weight.

Alcohol tricks your metabolism into storing food as fat

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This is how alcohol impacts your weight. | Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images

When you are drinking alcohol, your liver is working overtime to rid that toxin from your system. When you’re liver does that, it slows down the processing of the food you have eaten. So while your body may be dumping the alcohol calories out, it’s storing more of the calories from the food you ate earlier as fat. What’s worse is when you eat when you’re drunk.

Next: Here’s why you have the late night munchies when you drink.

Alcohol makes you want that late night meal

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Late night binge eating is a real danger. | lisafx/iStock/Getty Images

No matter what, whenever we go out with friends for a long night of excess, the last conversation is about what we are gonna get before we go to bed. As it turns out, that is alcohol tricking you into eating more than you need.

Most alcoholic drinks are loaded with simple carbohydrates. Those carbs break down into sugars in your system which result in a sugar crash. When that happens, your body becomes ravenous and your friends start chanting “TA-COs! TA-COs!” at 2:00 am.

Next: Now that we have all of that out of the way, here are the top five ways you can still lose weight and drink!

5. Budget your calories

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Eat well, and enjoy moderate alcohol intake. | Kemihphotography/iStock/Getty Images

Yes, you are still going to have to count your calories. It’s important to know how many calories you’re taking in every time you go out drinking. Here are some rough estimates that you can work with from SELF Nutrition Data.

  • 5-ounce glass of champagne: 90 calories
  • 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor: 97 calories
  • 5-ounce glass of white wine: 100-121 calories
  • 12-ounce bottle of light beer: 103 calories
  • 5-ounce glass of red wine: 105-125 calories
  • 1.5-ounce shot of 90-proof liquor: 110 calories
  • 1.5-ounce shot of 100-proof liquor: 124 calories
  • 12-ounce bottle of regular beer: 153 calories

Next: If you’re thinking that skipping breakfast or lunch is a good idea to bank some calories, you’d be wrong.

4. Don’t skip a meal to bank calories

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This is never a good idea. | Tuomas_Lehtinen/iStock/Getty Images

The absolute last thing you want to do is eat on an empty stomach. You get drunk really quick and it’s really hard on your digestive system. As an added backfire, it just leads to you getting hungry later in the evening. Even if you bank those calories, you’re going to end up consuming them later on anyway.

Next: Here’s the best way that you can increase your room for drinks and still lose weight.

3. Always take out more than what you put in


Exercise is a great way to burn off excess calories. | Ibrakovic/iStock/Getty Images

It’s the other hand of dieting that everyone hates. Yes, you have to exercise in order to lose weight. And you have to eat right for the exercise regiment to work. They are inextricably linked. So if you want to have that extra glass of wine or two, make sure you burn a little more at the gym.

Next: That diet can still play very well with your social drinking habits.

2. Get a protein and vegetable rich meal in beforehand

Steak and brocolli

Fish and veggies are always a good idea. | Elena_Danileiko/iStock/Getty Images

Lean proteins and vegetables throughout the day are really helpful for a couple reasons. For one, they will help you lose weight because you’re getting better nutrients throughout the day. They also help because they keep you feeling full later in the evening. Remember, that late night meal is a real diet killer.

Next: Here’s the most important part of this whole thing.

1. Drink in moderation

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Drink, but don’t go crazy. | Jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

Whether it be for your own health or just to lose a few pounds, always drink in moderation. Your friends will want to have you around more and you will lose weight while you’re practicing these other habits. This process falls apart when your discipline falls apart and that’s what will always make you successful or not.

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