Sunday, May 9, 2010

Drink your Cosmo's and Keep the Weight Off!

Memorial Day weekend will be upon us soon. That means summertime is just around the corner. Summertime equals outside festivities such as happy hours on the patio, bbq's, weddings, birthdays, or girls night out (Sex and the City 2 is coming up ladies, cosmo's?). All of these festivities usually involve alcohol intake.

Not everyone likes to drink. But if you're like me, you enjoy a glass of wine, a cosmo, perhaps a light beer, etc. to lift your spirits and relax/unwind from the day-to-day.

But if you're trying to lose weight, how do you do the happy hours and parties without sabotaging your efforts and success?

Here are a few tips that I use to keep one night mess up weeks of good work:

-Be the talk of the party! Conversate with people. Talking means you'll have less time to drink. Instead of drinking two drinks, I'll end up only drinking one.
-I usually get a diet coke and rum or a light beer. I know how many calories they have no matter where I go. So, do your research, figure out which drinks you love and what they are worth. The internet can provide options for those heavy cal drinks as well.
-Dance the night away. If you have the opportunity to shake that thing, do it! Not only will you drink less but you'll burn of calories as well.

Even if you're not doing Weight Watchers, you can use this handy Cocktail Cheat Sheet. Roughly, every point is 50 calories, so do the math to figure out what your favorite drink adds up to.

How do you enjoy your cocktails without adding inches to your waistline?

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