Calorie Counting Gone Wrong
We’ve all been guilty of this! You’ve got a big night out planned with friends or a date that enjoys a casual bottle (or four) of wine. Ritualistically, you prepare for the night out by stocking up on ibuprofen, drinking a gallon of water, and eating “lightly”--okay, maybe a bite or two of kale the entire day.
According to weight management expert and cofounder of bistroMD, Caroline Cederquist, M.D., more than half of women say they skip meals to save calories for alcohol all the time. However, this calorie-slashing strategy doesn’t actually work and is quite dangerous. In 2015, dozens of college students were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning due to cutting calories/skipping meals in preparation for a long night of drinking. It became a trend among women in their early twenties.
Health hazards aside, “budgeting” your calories for alcohol for weight loss slows down your progress, since missing one meal slows down your metabolism. Cederquist also mentions that you’re more likely to store any bar food you eat as fat since your body is working to burn off the booze first.
Don’t be bummed! There are alternatives for drinking and managing your weight! Eat normally on happy-hour days and opt for a lower calorie drink, like half wine, half seltzer or Skinny Girl drinks. Another option is ordering your favorite cocktail and sip it nice and slowly!