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You might be doing just the right things when it comes to healthy eating: paying attention to your hunger signals and triggers, eating healthy foods, and controlling portions. If you're still struggling at the scale, alcohol might be the reason.
A few glasses of wine or a creamy cocktail at a party can have the same calories as a slice of cake, a milkshake, or even a fast-food burger. If you're trying to maintain your weight or even lose some, it might be worth rethinking your drinking. Here are some tips to help you decide how alcohol may fit in with your weight management plan.
Maybe you want to lose a few pounds, or to keep your weight the same. How did your journey start, and where are you now? Can you still see where you want to be?
Reconnecting with that vision, and your goal, might help you decide if there are things you want to do differently when it comes to drinking. For example:
Write down your ideas. Come up with one or two small steps that will get you a little closer to your long-term weight goal. Pick something that appeals to you. Start small, and think about when you can start.
You might end up making some different decisions about what you drink, or if you drink at all.
Current as of:
December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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