So, I decided to write this post cause I love to have myself weekend adventures pretty regularly. But I’m ALSO pretty obsessed with nutrition and being in shape. If you ask just about any health nut how to lose weight and drink alcohol, they’ll tell you to steer clear of it altogether, cause it just adds calories to your diet, which in turn, causes you to gain weight.
Well, listen, there’s truth to the fact that there are a lot of extra calories in alcohol, and very specifically beer, but I also can’t stand restrictions. I feel like every single diet out there restricts you from being a human being and enjoying yourself, which is why I’m actually really grateful for discovering a plan that’s laid back and actually works at burning fat, building lean muscle, and allowing you to eat what you want, AND drink whatever you want, including beer.
I’m gonna break this down in a way that is easiest to digest.
Stay Within Your Calorie Budget
Just remember that. You can still drink regular beer if you want to lose weight, but you’ll have to drink less of it if you’re actually determined to LOSE weight. Now, the first thing you need to understand, if your goal is to actually LOSE weight, is you need to be eating at a calorie deficit every day. And this website is dedicated to teaching you how to eat at a calorie deficit that allows you to eat like a regular human being that can enjoy foods you love. I see diets out there that tell you to eat at CRAZY calorie deficits that restrict you from almost all foods you love. Those diets aren’t sustainable because eventually, you’ll lose your mind, and then overeat cause you’re not allowed to be yourself and enjoy life.
I don’t want to rewrite the entire calculation from another article I’ve already written, so if you could just please head on over to this link here, you can find out how many calories you personally need to be taking in daily to LOSE weight. By following this calculation, you will lose approximately 4 to 5 pounds per month, especially if you follow the section about walking. And I mean, seriously, walking is something we all do every day anyway.
So, you can lose weight while still drinking beer. My best friend is a beer nut. In fact, at this moment, he has 4 cases of beer in his fridge, no joke! AND, he lost 25 pounds in the past 3 months following what I teach.
Regular Beer Has WAY More Calories
Just remember that. You can still drink regular beer if you want to lose weight, but you’ll have to drink less of it. So, if you want MORE beer, I’d strongly suggest switching to light. Anyway, it’s so popular now. I swear I go to the grocery store and and my new favorite light beer is Blue Moon light. I forget exactly what it’s called, but try to stick to beers under 100 calories. Goose Island even has their own. I mean, you don’t have to stick to the traditional Miller Lite and Bud Light anymore is what I’m saying.
Once you follow the calculation from the page I told you to follow to find out how many calories you need per day to lose weight, you’ll quickly realize this all adds up. If I had 5 regular Blue Moons in a night, that’s 850 calories.
I weigh 141 pounds and my current calorie intake is 2,115. I need to eat 2,115 calories per day to stay at my current weight. If I drink 5 Blue Moons, that’s 2,115 I need to eat – 850 calories from beer = 1,265. So whatever food I eat for the rest of the day can’t exceed 1,265 calories, or else I will GAIN weight.
Blue Moon Light (or whatever it’s called) only has 95 calories a bottle. So, if I drank 5 bottles of that, I’d only be taking in 475 calories, and I’d be able to eat a lot more for the rest of the day.
Hard Liquor Has WAY Less Calories
Now, I actually stick mostly with hard liquor. I specifically like to drink tequila and vodka, cause they’re about 64 calories per ounce. That’s about 64 calories per shot glass. I’ve ALSO been told by some professionals that when you do decide to have a night of drinking, as long as you’re following your calorie requirements to lose weight, you don’t need to calculate EVERY single shot you drink. So, when I have a drunken Saturday night, I’d say I calculate about half the shots I drink. That’s if I drink a lot that night! But beers, I defintely always add to my calorie budget cause they’re heavier, and if you drink a lot of them, those calories really add up.
Eat Food & Drink – Enjoy Life
Once you know your calorie budget that you need to eat daily in order to lose weight, you’re good to go. Hit your calorie and protein goals and you should be fine and you’ll still be on track to losing weight. Just know that drinking a ton of beer takes away calories that you COULD be getting from delicious food. Also, there’s no nutritional value from drinking. I drink about once a week, and I haven’t noticed a change in losing weight and getting into shape, cause I do pay attention to what I’m putting into my body.
You CAN Drink Alcohol and Lose Weight
If you want to know how to lose weight and drink alcohol, just visit this link above. Here it is again. It is HOW you make this work, whether it’s alcohol or food. In fact, this article probably didn’t need to be so long. All you need to pay attention to if you want to lose weight is the calories and protein you’re putting into your body. This plan will teach you exactly how to do it step by step.
You could technically have 4 scoops of protein powder – 120 calories per scoop. At least my friend has a protein powder with that calorie amount. Each scoop of protein powder has 30 grams of protein. Multiply that by 4 scoops, and you’ve got 120 grams of protein. BAM, you’ve hit your protein goal for the day. Also, 120 calories x 4 = 480 calories. So, 2100 calories – 480 calories = 1,620.
You’ve got 1,620 calories left for the day. You COULD just have a binge-drinking night and use the rest of them on the beer…and you wouldn’t gain weight. You’d still be losing weight cause you’re following your calorie deficit calories. But seriously, do you WANT to do that? You’d be STARVING for food.
Anyway, hope this makes sense. You CAN lose weight while drinking. I don’t really suggest it for nutritional reasons, but it can be done. You just have to follow certain rules.