Drinking Socially and Staying Fit
It’s drinking time… And for some reasons I felt like being a complete dumb ass, so for this video, I decided to do EMOM shots. Which means… every minute on the minute… I did a shot; holy eff am I going to die.
Or do I? Guess you’ll have to watch to find out!
My Motivation for This Video
For this video’s festivities, I decided to go ahead and drink Tequila because it’s never a real party unless there’s Tequila involved.
But before putting the timer up and getting this god-awful idea started, I wanted to share my motivation for making this video.
Over the years, I’ve had clients and friends completely ward off drinking as part of their fat loss regime. And while there is definitely a lot of stock in that argument they often take it too far.
That means altogether skipping out on social gatherings to avoid being tempted to drink or being an unsocial and lame sober sally all for the sake of being firmly diligent.
And while there’s nothing wrong with choosing not to drink, making a sweeping declaration of sobriety often backfires in the form of binging. And turning “1” night of going out into multiple nights or a vicious and regretful cycle of declarations and binge drinking.
Social drinking and being able to accomplish your fitness goals is an art, and my goal with this video is to help you master this art form.
Sooo, without further ado. Let’s fire up the countdown and get the liquor flowing.
Social Drinking, Done Properly
Don’t Drink Like a College Kid
Firstly, most college kids are absolutely stupid when it comes to drinking.
For example, butt chugging, shots in the eyes, and whatever kids are up to nowadays is just utter nonsense (I sound so old saying that).
Nonetheless, when kids go off to college and start drinking they often do so without any sort of filter or restraint. By extension, they often end up gaining weight because of the excess consumption of calories from alcohol and late night greasy feasting.
This unhinged approach to drinking is both reckless and very difficult to combine with a healthy and active lifestyle.
Instead of letting yourself go entirely, be vigilant of your consumption of alcohol. It’s an easy way to stop yourself from going overboard with the number of drinks you have and prevent yourself from consuming an obscene amount of alcohol-related calories. Essentially you should be conscious of the number of drinks you decide to knock back.
Choose Your Alcohol Wisely
Alcohol comes in a whole variety of different forms, be it straight liquor, wine and beer, or cocktails.
If you’re into getting wasted, liquor is going to be your highest value alcohol for this purpose.
The typical ABV (alcohol by volume) of a bottle of liquor (e.g. Rum, Vodka, or Whiskey) is about 40%. Additionally, a standard shot of liquor will run you about 120 calories/shot.
Although… you have to be in the mood to take your shots without calorie filled chasers or drink your liquor neat.
Wine and beer are great social drinks but are often low in ABV. The ABV for wine is about 12% for a typical beer is about 5%.
Additionally, a standard bottle of beer or glass of wine will run you about 120 calories/serving. Whereas a very dark beer like an Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, which is the equivalent of drinking motor oil is about 300 calories/bottle – I kid you not, it tastes like and has the consistency of motor oil.
From a caloric standpoint cocktails add up quickly. A White Russian, Pina Colada, or Margarita will easily set you back 400 calories and it’s unlikely you’ll only have one during a night out of drinking.
However, I do want to note that there are cocktails that are lower in calories. For example, a Bloody Mary, Gin and Tonic, or a Mojito are all about 200 calories for an 8oz. serving.
When the drinks keep flowing in, so do the calories, and either you drink your fill of calories or better that with the addition of some late night greasy sustenance.
Planning and compensating is a calorie consumption technique that allows you to enjoy drinking, feasting or large caloric influxes without any regret.
With planning, you plan for the large influx and with compensating you compensate; sounds easy enough, right?
That’s because it is.
For example, if you’re night out involves an excess of 1000 calories you can plan or compensate before or after the said night out. This is done by decreasing your daily caloric intake by about 500 calories for 2 days so you can nullify the surplus calories you had during your night out.
PS There’s not really a significant benefit to choosing planning or compensating it’s just a personal preference, so plan and/or compensate as you see fit.
And that’s that, (X) shots in and I’m glad I didn’t have to do another.
In summation, be aware of how many drinks you have in a soiree so you don’t accidentally have 10 when you planned on only having 3.
When it comes to your drinks of choice, choose wisely so you don’t end up consuming 2000+ calories in just alcoholic beverages.
If you do decide to eat or be exceptionally gluttonous during your night out try to be smart about your excess calories by either planning or compensating for your night out.
PS Hopefully, you either enjoyed me getting inebriated for the sake of education or you learned something useful about how you can still drink socially and reach your fitness goals.
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