You know that feeling when you've been working really hard on your fitness goals (and you start to feel amazing) but then you go to happy hour and have a drink (or two... or more than two...) and then you feel like you...
Have taken a step back on your health journey?
Have to "start over" on Monday?
Have to workout longer and more intensely?
Have to restrict your calories?
Are more bloated the next day?
Are more tired, irritable, or unproductive the next day?
Generally feel gross and less like your "ideal self?"
Trust me y’all, I’ve been there! I’ve experienced the pressures and the feelings that follow alcoholic beverage intake... But I've found a way to both enjoy myself and maintain my health and fitness goals!
Here is my list from WORST to BEST alcoholic beverages to order!
Sugary drinks that mask the taste of alcohol are no good because when you can't taste the alcohol, you don’t know how much you are really drinking. People tend to drink sugary beverages more quickly, thus ordering more and more of them! Sugar leads to inflammation, which can lead to bloating, headaches, bad acne, or fatigue. It is important to delay the short-term gratification of indulging in these sugary drinks for long-term success with your fitness and health goals.
Although champagne is fun to celebrate with, it is very dehydrating due to the carbonation and sugar content. This also leads to bloating and headaches.
Although one glass of wine isn't the end of the world for you and your fitness progress, it has a lot of sulfates and hidden sugars that can lead to the retention of water in the body and thus dehydration.
If you can tolerate whiskey straight, this is one of the better options, in my opinion. You will know exactly how much alcohol you are consuming and you will avoid the intake of excess sugars and sulfates!
Clear alcoholic beverages are better for you, in comparison, and have the least amount of calories. However, having this as the #1 drink option on this list does not mean that you can swap in vodka for any cocktail at a restaurant and expect to feel 100% the next day. You still have to make wise choices about what you mix it with.
A lot of cocktails with vodka include fruit juices, simple syrup, or agave, which will just add sugar to your drink. Your best bet is to stick to a vodka with sparkling water and fresh lemon or lime juice. You can even ask if the bar has any fresh herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, etc. to add to your cocktail!
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Another important rule of thumb for happy hour is to consume water before, during, and after you have an alcoholic beverage. This will help you to stay hydrated and it will subside any negative effects of alcohol intake.
Drink responsibly y’all!
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