Put the focus on eating healthily and drinking less
One important way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is not to regularly drink to excess. Here are four other easy wins, to get you looking and feeling great.
- Waist not, want not: Exercise helps with your health and physical health, it gets those feel-good hormones pumping around your body, keeps you trim and can help you maintain bone density. Alcohol can affect your exercise regime and cause ‘drunk-depression’. Instead of having a drink to calm your post-work stress, exercise can be a great alternative.
- Regular bites: Many weight-conscious men and women who like a drink are fasting so that they can drink the calories rather than eat them. This is commonly known as being a drunkorexic. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is not good for your health. It's important to eat three low-fat, healthy meals a day rather than starving yourself and drinking to excess every evening. So put the focus on eating healthily and drinking less.
- Take a break: Try not to drink alcohol every night to give your liver a chance to recuperate. It did not evolve to fight a constant barrage of booze. Take regular breaks from alcohol and allow it some respite to help decrease your risk of developing alcohol-related liver problems and stay in tip-top condition.
- Deep breaths: Sometimes people can turn to alcohol to try and deal with stress, but it can make it worse. Alcohol is a depressant which means that it slows down the brain and the central nervous system's processes. Try other stress busting techniques: a meditation or yoga class, deep breathing, regular walks round the block or spending time with friends and family.