You’re trying to lose weight, but you still deserve a social life, so you start your night out with a plan — because fail to plan, plan to fail, right? You’ll have a low calorie cocktail or two, you’ll drink lots of water in between, and you’ll steer clear of those the appetizers you know your friends will order.
But before you know it, you’re having a great time and that plan goes right out the window. While your night is amazing, the next morning: not so much. You wake up feeling bloated, sick and remorseful. What the heck happened?
Drunk munchies are real. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people eat more calories and make unhealthier food decisions on days that they drink. Read: fried, greasy foods consumed well after dinner time.
It makes sense because, as we all know, alcohol lowers your inhibitions. We’ve all woken up thinking, “why did I do/say/eat/text that?”. It’s because alcohol causes us to focus on immediate gratification (yummy, fatty food) rather than long term goals (yummy, flat tummy).
There are some things you can do to combat the drunk munchies, and no, it’s not just not drinking. (Although that would help, too!)
#1 Limit your alcohol consumption to 2 drinks per day.
#2 Sit at least 30 feet away from the bar; any closer, and you’ll consume 1.7 times as much alcohol, according to Men’s Health.
#3 Before you drink, eat a snack rich in protein and healthy fats, like nuts. This will help to keep your blood sugar steady and slow the absorption of alcohol which will keep those munchies at bay.
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