You’re trying to lose weight, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve a social life, right? So you start out the night with a plan — because we all know failing to plan is just planning on failing. You’ll have a few low calorie cocktails, in between you’ll drink lots of water, and you’ll definitely dodge all those appetizers your friends are sure to order.
But next you know, you’re having a great time and your carefully laid plan is all but forgotten. While the night was amazing, the next morning? Exactly the opposite. You wake up and feel sick, bloated and remorseful. Just what happened last night?
Drunk munchies are real. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people eat many more calories and make much unhealthier food decisions after they’ve had a few drinks. IE: Drinks at dinner means lots of greasy fried snacks later.
This makes sense because, we all know, alcohol lowers your inhibitions. We’ve all woken up thinking, “Why on earth did I say, do, text, or and/or eat that?”. That’s because alcohol or focus from long term goals (that yummy, flat belly) to more immediate gratification (those yummy, fatty foods) .
But, there are a few things you can do to fight off the drunk munchies; and no, just not drinking isn’t one of them. (That would definitely help though!)
#1 Cut down your alcohol consumption to just two drinks a day.
#2 Try to stay at least 30 feet from the bar; any closer than that and you’ll consume at least 1.7 times as much alcohol, according to Men’s Health.
#3 Before you go out, eat some snacks, like nuts, that are rich in protein and healthy fats, like nuts. These will help keep your blood sugar steady and slow down the absorption of the alcohol into your system, meaning you’ll be better able to keep those munchies at bay.