I definitely still drink, and I think it's a reason I'm not losing. Not just the calories of the alcohol, but the justification of hangover food and always eating before I drink so I don't throw up. When I do go out I make sure to dance. I dance a LOT, and I also try to drink a lot of water. I still probably end up eating 500extra calories from food before/after, along with the alcohol.
current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,700) Posts: 39 1/13/13 12:27 P
I definitely think that if you enjoy alcohol/going out and you want to stick with your goals long term then you shouldn't cut out alcohol completely. I personally think of it like a nice dessert and apply the same rules that I do for eating desserts- 1. always enjoy with friends! If you are going to splurge, don't do it alone. 2. moderation is key. I typically have between 1-3 drinks. To avoid peer pressure I drink them really slowly and usually have a cup in my hand so people don't say- why are you not drinking? also, people are less likely to give me drinks which is sometimes hard and awkward to refuse! 3. track, track, track. 4. if you are at an event, get on the dance floor!! burn some calories, have a blast with your friends.
Doesn't apply to desserts but: 4. I have a water between every drink. If I am at a bar, I will sometimes ask for a lime on it or a splash of grenadine so it looks like a real drink. Also, it tastes better.
current weight: 260.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,713) Posts: 148 1/11/13 9:03 A
I don't have a hard time not drinking because I do drink. My plan for long term healthy living includes alcohol, in moderation. Many people will be able to cut calories from food in order to allow a low calorie drink or two and I think that's fine. If you go over your calories once in a while, that's fine too. Self-control is great, but if abstaining is making you feel deprived, it will not be sustainable long term. If you abstain until you reach a goal weight then resume drinking when you reach the goal, the added calories from alcohol may add weight. If you incorporate alcohol into your current healthy diet, you may lose weight slower but be able to keep it off. That said, I fully see some of the health and financial benefits of not drinking.
I don't like drinking anyway, but being married helps. Since I live far from campus I also really don't have time to drink. It's not really all that much fun, especially if you're like me that gets hangovers as if I'm 40.
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current weight: 150.4
Fitness Minutes: (2,529) Posts: 21 11/29/12 11:51 P
I definitely feel pressure now more than ever. I've never been a big partier, but the school I go to is a pretty big party school. But I like going to parties and socializing with other non-drinkers. We tend to bond more when we're surrounded by drunkards. :P
current weight: 162.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,311) Posts: 1,012 11/18/12 5:24 P
Luckily, my school is a dry campus. Of course, a lot of people still drink, but it is very hidden and most of my friends don't drink (aided by the fact that I'm one of the few in our group who is of age). I don't feel any pressure, which is really nice. I actually get more pressure from my family. Since I was 17 they've been handing me drinks, whether I wanted them or not. It's just part of our culture. I do drink wine at home, and I enjoy getting a little tipsy, but the one time I got full out drunk...never again. Why do people do that every weekend? I thought I was going to die the next day.
Good for you for not drinking! It's so much healthier for you and I always enjoy hearing about other college students who know how to have fun on the weekends without drinking.
Fitness Minutes: (36,927) Posts: 5,092 11/7/12 5:31 P
This is coming from someone who rarely drinks, but your body is thanking you for not getting bombed every weekend. Not only are you not consuming the empty calories, but you can wake up the next morning and not feel like absolute crap, thus getting more out of your day. Also if you do most of your drinking at the bar, think of how much money you're saving by not drinking.
I can relate, although I do partake in drinking... I sometimes eat a small dinner, so that way I don't need as much alcohol to get drunk. Otherwise, I add an extra hour at the gym the next day to make up for it. It's not ideal, and certainly not as healthy as abstaining, but that's what works for me.
Do you any of you have a really hard time not drinking? I wouldn't say my friends pressure me to drink at all but it is hard to not drink on the weekends when all of your friends are. There will be a party and people will be "pregaming" and I am there just hanging out. Though it doesn't bother me to be the sober friend, I just think about how much easier it would be to have a few shots with them. I try really hard and I haven't had anything to drink except for water and tea since this semester started but it is just really annoying sometimes that I have to have self control because I have weight to lose when there are a ton of people out there who go crazy because they don't have to worry about their weight. I know in the end I am making good decisions for my health but it would be nice to hear from people that relate!
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