Before we get started, this certainly isn’t me going off on any health-obsessed tangent of ‘You should never drink alcohol.’ I am partial to the odd beer and boozy weekend myself.
What I want to cover is whether or not you can have that weekend tipple and still get the results you want.
Aside from the effects heavy drinking has on our overall health, I’m going to look at how that one night out can have such an effect on your results.
Firstly, going back to basics. To shift that unwanted body fat, you need to be in a caloric deficit. Say you aim for a deficit of 400Kcals per day, you nail that Monday – Friday and are in a deficit of 2000Kcal for the week. Perfect!!
Saturday comes, and it’s a night out with a couple of mates.
Getting ready, a few drinks to warm the taste buds. First port of call, 2-4-1 cocktails. 11pm, time for the Jaegers, washed down with a few too many vodka cokes. Before you know it, its 4am and the bright lights of the kebab house are calling your name.
(Obviously not speaking from any experience, just what I have been told goes on)
Broken down into numbers… Yes calories do count in liquid form too.
A couple of glasses of wine/beer= 2-300 calories
A few cocktails- 500 kcals
One too many vodka cokes- 600 kcals
Jaeger bombs- 200 kcals a go
Dirty kebab- 1000kcal
All that before you wake up Sunday morning, a hung over mess eating anything in site and telling yourself you’ll start again Monday. We’ve all done it!!
You could easily throw a good 3000kcals down the hatch and that weekly caloric deficit has disappeared a long with your memory of the night before.
But is it really the booze or more the choices you make because of the booze?
The shots, the kebabs, the hangover food, the lazy attitude Monday. They all have more of an impact than just a few Saturday night drinks.
If you have the will power to go out and enjoy a few drinks, opting for the more sensible gin & tonic. Avoid that 4am kebab and get back on track with food and training the next day. The odd night out isn’t going to set you back too much. But I know myself that all good intensions disappear once the beer takes over.
One question I think is always worth asking yourself is, ‘Which is worth more to YOU?’
If you are willing to sacrifice a weeks progress for a night out then by all means go for it, just make sure it’s a bloody good night! But if you are serious about having a solid set of abs on the beach in 8 weeks time, I would have a re-think about all those nights out planned on the run up.