New Year, New You! Alcohol and Weight Loss?

So you want to lose weight and feel great after the New Year, but you would also like to let loose a little.
“I.E. I want to have it ALL, is that to much to ask”

 

Well just because you’re on the ABLE Lifestyle plan, doesn’t mean you can’t live a little! And whether you like a glass of wine with dinner or a cocktail out with friends, watching your carbohydrate intake doesn’t necessarily mean your indulging needs to come to a full stop.

 

Many of you have asked;

 

Can I have a drink (weekends, birthday any celebration, ETC…) without it ruining my plan?

 

The short and cheerful answer is YES

 

During the holidays, birthdays, or any celebration, drinking smart is more important than ever.

 

The trick is all about ditching sugar in food and drinks.

Give up the high sugar wines, mixers and carb loaded beverages.

 

I gave up most of these things years ago because the sugar and additives gave me terrible headaches (and hangovers).

There are many low-carb options out there for ABLE Lifestyler’s who like to drink in moderation. As with everything, moderation is key. Heavy drinking isn’t good for anyone, but having a few carb-conscious cocktails here and there won’t hurt. This is especially true when you consider that some of the drinks you can make are 100 percent carb-free!

Can you say –Tequila?- 100%  Agave

 

A new study has found a link between tequila and weight loss.

Research has suggested that sugars found in the plant that makes tequila can help lower your blood sugar. The sugars that naturally occurs in the agave plant are called agavins—not to be confused with agave syrup—and are non-digestible, so they won’t raise your blood sugar. Keeping your body in a fat burning mode if you are following the ABLE plan.

 

Researchers found that mice who’d been given a standard diet, and then drank water with agavins added, ended up eating less overall and had lower blood sugar levels than the others who hadn’t consumed agavins. What’s more, the mice consuming agavins also produced a hormone called GLP-1, which keeps the stomach full longer and produces insulin, leading researchers to believe that agavins could be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or struggling with weight-loss issues. 

When it comes to low-carb alcohol, distilled spirits are the safest bet. They’re virtually all free of carbohydrates, so you only need to worry about what you’re mixing them with. But not everyone likes drinking hard liquor, so we’ve included some dieter-friendly beers and wines, too.

What about liquor? Here’s my quick recipe for my signature cocktail, “The BrianRita”:

  • 1-2 shots of clear alcohol ( Quality vodka, tequila, or absinthe)vodkasodalime1
  • Cubed ice
  • 16 ounces of sparkling water
  • 1/4 of a lime (squeeze it to get the juice and oils from the rind)

For even more flavor, sub the club soda for Kombucha and make it a Kombucharita!

 

P.P.S. – For each serving of alcohol, make sure to drink 16 oz ofAlkaline water to help detox and rehydrate. Stay safe and all the best to you and yours this season!

 

Alka wand makes a great Christmas gift-

 

Clear liquors at about 40% alcohol are a safe bet and are considered keto alcohol, and anything that tastes sweet is not!

Acceptable  alcohol includes:

  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Brandy
  • Cognac

You can also still enjoy wine and beer!

 

Red Wines (5 oz. serving)

  • Cabernet Sauvignon (our favorite: full bodied, dry and tart!): 120 calories, 3.8 carbs
  • Pinot Noir: 121 calories, 3.4 carbs
  • Merlot: 120 calories, 3.7 carbs

 

White Wines (5 oz. serving)

  • Pinot Grigio: 122 calories, 3.2 carbs
  • Sauvignon Blanc: 122 calories, 2.7 carbs
  • Chardonnay: 118 calories, 3.7 carbs
  • Riesling: 118 calories, 5.5 carbs

Champagne (although low in alcohol content, so you’d need to drink more): 96 calories, 1.5 carbs

 

Light Beers (12 oz. serving)

  • Bud Select 55: 55 calories, 1.9 carbs
  • MGD 64: 64 calories, 2.4 carbs
  • Rolling Rock Green Light: 92 calories, 2.4 carbs
  • Michelob Ultra: 95 calories, 2.6 carbs
  • Bud Select: 99 calories, 3.1 carbs
  • Miller Lite: 96 calories, 3.2 carbs
  • Natural Light: 95 calories, 3.2 carbs
  • Michelob Ultra Amber: 114 calories, 3.7 carbs
  • Coors Light: 102 calories, 5 carbs
  • Amstel Light: 95 calories, 5 carbs

 

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Take a look at this chart and you will get the picture.  Drinking Alcohol in moderation will not ruin your plan- and having some fun may even make it more successful and sustainiable (it’s the 80/20 rule)  If you stick to the plan 80% -80% of the time you will continue to have success.

 ALCOHOL DISCLAIMER:

However, Many people find that drinking alcohol in excess stalls their weight loss. That may be because the liver will begin to process the alcohol as soon as possible. Our fat burning processes are disrupted to rid ourselves of that alcohol quickly. The speed at which alcohol is metabolized differs from person to person.

 

 

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