Can you drink and still lose weight?
It’s the million dollar question and what celebrity trainer Luke Istomin has to say might surprise you.
Welcome to the silly season. Yep, we’re still in the thick of barbeques, parties, weddings, birthdays and the list goes on. Any excuse to party during the warm weather and daylight savings, really. With 2016 coming to its final stage, we need to address the big topic that a lot of people are asking us right now.
Can I drink alcohol and lose weight, or more specifically, body fat? The answer is yes.
But – and there’s always a but – to maintain your health regime without undoing the good you’ve worked so hard for all year, it’s important to drink responsibly. This means sticking to three standard drinks or less per social event with no more than two of these per week.
Here’s an indication of the exercise required to burn off those three standard holiday drinks, which I’m only sharing with you so you understand how hard you would need to work to work off more.
An average female will burn around 550 calories doing an hour of burpees, flat out with no rest. Three standard drinks are roughly the same amount of nutrient dense energy.
Don’t want to do burpees? Fair enough. Let’s try something else to burn off those three drinks in an hour.
Sprinting. Yet better, hill sprints. You guessed it, to make sure we burn off those three drinks, you need to do steep hill or even sand dune sprints for an entire hour!
Yep, that’s what it takes for your body to metabolise all that sugar and empty calories from three standard drinks. More than three drinks probably aren’t sounding too like too much fun right now, are they?
The point of this isn’t to tell you what you can’t do, it’s to educate you to better understand alcohol and its effects on the body, as well as what’s required to work off what you put into your body.