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My two diet destroyers--Got tips?

Im a 24 yr old college student and I do well during the week. Eat healthy, excersize, etc.

But during the weekend, i like to go out and drink. Ill have a diet coke and vodka or a dirty martini. Low-cal stuff.

But i do drink alot. Not binge drinking. But enough for it to screw the calorie count. Any ideas on how to limit this? Other than the obvious (stop drinking, dont eat, etc.).

Should I eat less on those days? Drink different things?

I have a big problem with grazing. I dont do it often, but it is a small weakness. Any tips on how to avoid this? how do you avoid it? Just picking here and there.

Wed. Apr 16, 2:11pm

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I feel your pain about the calories in alcohol. Yes, you gotta pay the calorie bill somewhere along the line, so if you can plan on eating less calories somewhere along the line. :) When you go to the bar try ordering a plain diet coke or club soda every other drink. Since you aren't denying yourself another drink you may find that you end up drinking less calories without realizing it.

As for grazing, if you make yourself log what you eat and hold yourself accountable for the calories there's nothing wrong with it. I make sure no more than 3 hours pass before I eat something. It keeps me from binging later in the day. I looove to eat at night. Sigh. Let me know what you think if you try this. And good luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 2:34 PM

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the beck diet solution is great to retrain your brain as to how we approach food. I use to be one that grabbed a handful of something when in the kitchen or eat a piece of this and that, but she teaches you to be mindful while eating.. so now i sit at the table and eat ANYTHING. I have a orange I sit and eat it at the table.. the bds has helped me avoid problems food by saying no choice its not on plan or I didnt plan to have this.. check it out its a great tool.. its not a diet or meal plan.. you choose your meal plan and beck helps you stick to it by cognitive behavior therapy.. it really does work.

another thing about blowing it on the weekend.. the weekend is no different than the rest of teh week.. you work your butt all week .. why blow it on the weekend.. make the week end a STRONG end to a great week.. you can do this! I hope this helps a bit..

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 3:06 PM

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Stick to the diet coke and vodka; a lot of dirty martinis actually have a lot of calories in them, due to the olive "juice," which is often pretty similar to olive oil.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 3:08 PM

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Find a number you can live with and stick to it with - stay at 2- 3 - is that not enough? Do you need to get wasted every weekend? 300 calories won't kill you - how many do you do? 6? 10?
I stick to two drinks all the time and it works great.

for grazing - plan in advance with healthy snacks instead of meals - I do banana, can of tuna, fat free cottage cheese, V-8...
then don't eat other crap.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 4:26 PM

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drink one glass of water between every drink.. this was one of the greatest tips I got from this site.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 4:47 PM

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pp, thanks! That's a great tip.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 4:01 PM

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Yep, the one glass of water per drink is excellent strategy and it really helps the next morning too. Even if you don't think you get hangovers you might be surprised at much better you feel in the morning when you're not dehydrated. I drink more water in general now as a result.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 9:44 AM

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First of all I am appalled that only 1 person suggested limiting the number of drinks. Helllllooo!! Alcohol is not only empty calories, it messes with your metabolism, and in the long-run has some detrimental effects. Let's not even mention the behavioral issues. Why is it so hard for people to reel in their drinking? Are we all so self-conscious that we need an artificial personality to help us make it through social gatherings?

I am not saying ban alcohol...heck I love red wine and allow myself a glass every so often (no more than 2x a week). I even will have the occasional martini...but I refuse to let alcohol control my social interactions. Plus now that I am focused on my health, I know that no amount of alcohol can replace the feeling of confidence I have when my systems are just humming from good food, exercise, and a clear mind. That exudes confidence and there is no need to drink when I am that confident and perky!

How about not reaching for that drink and focusing on yourself and the people around you? Enjoy the company you keep, enjoy the evening, and in the morning you can go to the gym and enjoy your healthy, sober body.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 9:54 AM

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You're forgetting the all important reason: getting tipsy is fun.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 9:56 AM

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I hear you 9:54 - this site is about being healthy - just reign it in a bit OP


Friday, April 18, 2008, 10:13 AM

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