As 2016 is drawing to a close, I imagine you are all planning your new year’s parties and celebrations and looking forward to a night of dancing, drinking and [bad] decisions. This blog will show you that whilst it is okay to let loose every once in a while and treat yourself, a night of partying does not mean you have to harm your body and you can continue to maintain your healthy lifestyle.
First, there’s the drinking. One of the oldest wives’ tales is that alcohol makes you fat. As this may be the case in some instances, I am here to inform you that it is not the alcohol itself that causes the weight gain but rather the incessant eating that takes place afterwards. Alcohol is not stored as fat inside our bodies however it does prevent the regular fat burning processes in our bodies from carrying out their jobs. This is because the body works so hard to eliminate the calories taken in through alcohol that it fails to eliminate the calories consumed through food. By the time it has finished breaking down the calories obtained from alcohol, your body is most likely to have already converted the food into fat. This means, as long as you stay away from the late night pizza deliveries you should be safe. Try and have healthy snacks waiting for you to make this easier, fresh fruit and vegetables, for example.
At the end of the day, it is important to remember that you can have fun without alcohol. Whilst you may want to let loose, alcohol should not be the reason behind a good night as most of the time, you will feel worse for it the morning after. To avoid this, make sure you drink LOTS of water. Have 1-2 glasses of water per every alcoholic beverage. If you do decide to drink, make sure you have a substantial meal beforehand to allow the alcohol to be absorbed.
This brings us on to the eating part of the night. When I say have a substantial meal beforehand I say this not only to allow the absorption of alcohol but also to save yourself having to fight the urge to linger by the food table all night and fail to resist the urge to devour all the delicious looking treats on offer, I am warning you, it’s difficult! Yet it is much easier to do if you arrive on a full stomach.
On this note, let’s not forget that the point of a party is not to eat to your heart’s content but socialise. Spend more time making new friends and catching up with old ones and you are likely to distract yourself from wandering back over to that dangerously good looking food table. Remember you want to give off good impressions; no one is going to want to talk to the one on the side stuffing their face all night. Make sure to never talk with your mouth full.
I say all this to try and warn you away from the delicacies on offer but I would like to also make the point that allowing yourself the occasional treat is okay; you are human after all. Do not to beat yourself up about it if this happens. Remember though, they say “start the year as you mean to go on” and one night of bad decisions could lead to a whole lot of long lasting consequences.
If you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, there are ways to do so whilst still allowing yourself to have a good time. Just remind yourself that the long term goals you have in mind are worth much more than the five minutes of pleasure you will receive from eating a slice of cake.
Wishing you a Healthy & Happy New Year