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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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