It is time for another U Fit Blog from Coach Helen Gribble! We hope you enjoy it and, as always, comment below with any questions or insights!
A drink at the end of the day is the way that some of us like to relax and unwind. Maybe it's a glass of wine, beer, or a gin and tonic. We might have a big night planned out with friends and family.
Whatever our tipple or social life, it's a way to shake off the stresses of the day or week.
If we're seeking a health and fitness goal our drinking habits can be problematic and can have implications on the goals that we want to achieve.
Alcohol adds calories to our diets that we don;t always consider. While we can be conscious of the energy that we consume through food, drinks are not at the top of the list in relation to our nutritional understanding. One pint of beer will have over two hundred calories, and if you like one a night, you're looking at almost one thousand five hundred more calories a week.
For people that are aware of the calories in their drinks, they may fall into the cycle of saving their intake for alcohol, depriving their bodies of food, knowing that they will be drinking with friends that evening. Studies have shown that by replacing food with alcohol results in a loss of muscle and protein within our bodies.
Take a walk through any town in the earlier hours of a Sunday morning and most takeaway shops will be busy. The reason? Alcohol alters our choices and means that while at the beginning of the night we had every intention to keep to our goals by one in the morning our goal becomes deep fried chicken.
Ultimately, we all have friends, family and a social life that we like to maintain and be part of. Becoming tea total may not be the answer for all of us, it is still great to be aware and understand what implications it could have to the goals that we want to achieve. ☺