We've discussed before how to intelligently and responsibly fit alcohol into a fitness regimen, so here are a few more tips to avoid being too merry and waking up deathly ill the next morning. Let John Romaniello of Roman Fitness Systems explain.
Romaniello, author and personal trainer, uses a Venn diagram to demonstrate the delicate interplay between the "optimal" amount of alcohol, water, and food intake. In the video, he goes over:
- Alcohol: Knowing your individual tolerance is the first step to knowing how to handle alcohol. If you're unsure, underestimate your ability to handle your liquor to be on the safe side.
- Food: Hit your day's kilojoules or macros (minus 10 per cent if you'd like the alcohol to hit you harder) by eating the last 30-40 per cent of them before party time. This way you're not a sloppy drunk and don't end up making bad dietary choices in your alcohol-fuelled hanger.
- Water: Alternate drinking water with every alcoholic drink you have. Romaniello's formula is exactly one total glass fewer than the total number of alcoholic drinks you have. That means if you have six alcoholic drinks, you'd drink five glasses of water. This way you don't dilute too much, yet you keep yourself properly hydrated.
With all three in check, you'd have a great time, yet maintain a collected composure, and not experience a dreadful hangover (also known as "God Mode").
Romaniello maintains that it's not the alcohol itself per se that tends to make people gain weight. It's the food choices that people make, while inebriated, that has the bigger influence. If you don't want to eliminate the occasional drink from your fitness regimen, check out our whole guide on how to drink without hurting your weight loss progress.
How to Drink Alcohol Without Compromising Your Progress [John Romaniello]