How To Stop Overeating When You Drink
Erin Kelly | My Body
We’re all guilty of grabbing a drink with a few friends that quickly turns into two or three. And then, since we’re indulging anyway, we let ourselves slip on the eating front, too. One appetizer turns into two, and a few chips quickly snowball into demolishing a whole bag.
To figure out how to enjoy a glass of wine without consuming hundreds, or even thousands, of extra calories, it’s important to first realize why we do this — and then, we stop tipsy food binges in their tracks.
Why Do We Overeat?
According to a recent survey, drinking more than three large glasses of wine could cause individuals to eat an extra 6,300 calories over the next 24 hours. Booze can temporarily impair the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of your brain that allows you to think clearly, focus, and control urges (like the ones that prompt you to order another round of fries). After a few drinks, your brain is less likely to curb the desire to “have another” – whether it’s booze or fatty food. To make matters worse, alcohol can make our minds think food is even more rewarding.
How Do We Stop?
Extra calories consumed after a few drinks could ultimately lead to weight gain of up to two pounds per week. Plus, it’s more likely for a person who is hung over to cancel gym plans and lay on the couch binge watching TV instead. Taken to extremes, eating too many carbohydrates and proteins, like fast food burgers and late night chips, could lead to pancreatitis. In other words, it’s no good! To get yourself back on the right track, limit yourself to one drink, suggest substituting your regular happy hour for a yoga class, or drink water before, during and after consuming any alcohol.
Should You Stop Completely?
Not necessarily. Some drinking does have health benefits. The key is to revise the way you drink. For extra support, share your goal to drink and eat less with your friends and family. Buy high-fiber snacks to consume after a night out, as they’ll help you feel full and satisfied quickly.
And, to make sure you get on track and stay on track, you might cultivate a “mind over matter” approach. Meditation can help you focus on your goal of drinking less right now and your long-term goal of getting – and staying – healthy.