Alcohol, Holidays and Weight Management

Alcohol Holidays and Weight Management

The holidays can be an overwhelming time for many, especially if you’re trying to manage your weight. But it’s not only about the sweet treats and festive food goodies; alcohol can also pose a problem for holiday weight management as well.

The Effect of Alcohol on Your Weight

When we consume food, we generally do so for energy and nutrition. Alcohol, on the other hand, is consumed mostly for entertainment as there is generally very little nutrition involved. When we drink, what effect does alcohol have on our bodies and weight?

  • Appetite – May increase with alcohol consumption
  • Calories – Many alcoholic beverages are loaded with extra calories and sugars
  • Judgement – May be impaired after drinking, thus affecting nutrition and exercise decisions among others

Making the Healthiest Holiday Choices

There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence during the holidays, so long as you do so in moderation. This time of year, you may be attending more than one party or social gathering where food and beverages are provided. It usually helps to come prepared so you can make mindful, healthy decisions while you’re having fun.

Before attending an event where alcohol will be served, first set a limit. For example, you might cut yourself off after one or two small drinks so you don’t overindulge. If you arrive with a limit, you may be able to pace yourself better and enjoy more of your surroundings.

Second, don’t arrive at any social gathering with an empty stomach. Curb your appetite by having a healthy and nutritious snack beforehand so you’re less likely to hover around the food and drink table. This way, you’re focused less on consuming tasty treats and more on spending time with good company.

Finally, remember that you can always customize any drink to make it more weight-management friendly. Many drinks come with “light” or “skinny” options that are lower in calories. For other drinks, you can simply omit the syrups and whipped creams that get added in.

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