Fitness & Alcohol. Will it mix? (pun intended)

“Alcohol won’t solve your problems. Then again, neither will milk.”

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust. When life’s a b*tch, beer is a must.

According to several fitness gurus, it is impossible to drink alcohol while maintaining a good physique. I’m here to tell you that you have been lied to. I, myself, am a strong believer of living life to the fullest. Which means the occasional consumption of firewater and all of the (fun) things that come along with that (I’ve made my ancestors super proud on numerous occasions).

In case you didn’t know, I’m part student and part bodybuilder. On the one hand of the spectrum we have the student in me who occasionally enjoys going out with friends. On the other hand of the spectrum we have the bodybuilder who has discovered a brainy solution to the alcohol consumption dilemma (adept to survive).

Play with your calories!

Everything you consume, be it the bowl of oatmeal you had for breakfast – the cookie which magically appeared in your mouth or even fruit,… it all contains calories. Calories are units of energy and energy is what our body needs to function on a daily basis. Now, on a daily basis a male specimen needs around 2500 calories to maintain his bodyweight. Gurls, you’re at 2000 calories a day. Here’s what I advice what you should be doing on days you know you’ll be going out. On days like these I usually eat around 500 calories LESS than my daily caloric intake. (In case you’re wondering, I use “MyFitnessPall” to track my calories).

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“To beer, or not to beer. That is the question.”

EXAMPLE

Male specimen (you if you’re a guy)

Let’s say that your daily caloric intake is at 2500 calories and on the March 27 (which is my birthday. Coincidence??) you suddenly get the urge to go out and drink alcohol. On that day you won’t be eating 2500 calories BUT 2000 calories.

Female specimen (you if you’re, you guessed it, a girl)

Your daily caloric intake is at 2000 calories but suddenly, on July 29 (birthday of my sister. Another coincidence???), you decide that you want to go out with the squad and have some drinks. On that day you’ll be eating 1500 calories, NOT 2000 calories.

But why do I advice lowering your caloric intake with 500 calories? Good question!

Empty calories 

Alcohol is empty calories, meaning that it doesn’t have any nutrients BUT it does have a caloric value of 7 calories per gram (it also has the ability to make you think that you’re the best dancer in the room, believe me, YOU’RE NOT).

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This is me trying to figure out the amount of calories in a Vodka Sprite (SPOILER; it’s 100)

Over here I’ve listed a couple of drinks people tend to drink while going out, for your convenience I’ve also added the calories (your mind will be blown)

  • Beer – 110 calories
  • Gin & Tonic – 170 calories
  • Long Island Ice Tea – 750 calories (hohoho)
  • Martini – 155 calories
  • Mojito – 214 calories
  • Rum & Coke – 356 calories

Now take this and add a few slices of pizza (or whatever snack you enjoy while you’re inebriated) and you’ve got yourself quite the amount of calories. BUT NEVER FEAR ‘CAUSE MAXI IS HERE (I can totally see that catching on). Below I’ve listed a couple of “solutions” to lower the amount of calories your consuming on your night out.

Soft drinks

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 10.55.29One of the first things that can help you feel less guilty when you wake up the next morning is your choice of soft drinks! Most bars/clubs use soft drinks like Coke, Sprite, Fanta,… as you know these drinks contain quite a lot of sugar. So here’s what you do (very simple actually), just ask the barkeep to fill up your glass with the zero calorie variant. In case you don’t understand; Vodka Sprite transforms into Vodka Sprite Zero. This small adjustment can turn a Rum & Coke from 356 calories to an astounding 115 calories.

What kind of alcohol should you drink?

Your choice of alcohol can also hugely influence the amount of calories which are consumed on your night out. On a night out I would recommend sticking to hard liquor (don’t blame me for any blackouts), such as vodka, whiskey,… . If you rather drink wine (you fancypants), then I suggest you drink red wine. Red wine, promotes longevity and blocks diseases by boosting cells’ energy production.

Conclusion

Alcohol can be fun but it also has its fair share of side effects if you overdo it (hangovers are the worst). Another side effect of alcohol is dehydration, or as I call it, looking extra lean when you wake up after a night of drinking (every negative has a positive). In all seriousness though, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a hospital.

Think of me next time the sweet taste of alcohol touches your lips.

Bye, for now (hehe)

Maximiliaan

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