Step One, raise glass to lips. Kidding. The cold fact about beer is that it is high calorie, and those calories have no value. It won’t give you energy, and it will hinder fat loss. But we are social creatures, and alcohol is part of our culture. Binning it completely is not going to work for most of us. So what can we do?
Maybe I’m a beer snob but the way I drink Carlsberg and the way I drink a £5 craft ale is very different. With Carlsberg I will drink it without savoring or paying attention to it. It’s finished before I even notice, and I’ve moved onto the next. With a ‘fancy’ beer I will take my time and enjoy it, because of the stronger taste I won’t/can’t just knock it back.
Especially if you’re the guy drinking expensive craft beers whilst everyone else is buying cheap lager. Drink at your own pace, rather than everyone else’s and queue for your own drinks, which will slow you down too. If you are usually drinking 5 or 6 pints in a night, and you cut it down to 4 then you are already making progress. See most trainers would tell you not to drink, or to switch to a lower calorie drink like a Gin & Tonic
But I KNOW that advice like that is naive.
You can’t just stop seeing your friends. You can’t always get away with not drinking on a night out. You still need to enjoy yourself. Obviously if you’re going out twice a week you should consider cutting that down. Alcohol is probably the reason you’re not seeing results. But the solution is rarely “Cut this product out of your life altogether .
Hope this post helps
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Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.