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How to Lose Weight During Happy Hour

If you like drinking alcohol, the easiest way to lose significant weight is to stop drinking it. Period. Beer, wine, Jello shots, they all pack on pounds and often come around with a sidekick named Nachos Grande. But, look, we know you might be partying with a choco-tini in the coming weeks. So be prepared for happy hour with these useful tips for reducing the alcohol and bar food calories while still enjoying the celebration with your friends. (That margarita could be hiding more than a good time. 6 Toxic Maragarita Secrets!)

Never go hungry

Have an apple with a slather of natural peanut butter before you head out for a drink. You'll be far less likely to reach for the fried mozzarella sticks or pigs in blankets if you've already had something filling.

Send a gift

Donate the basket of chips to the guys at the far end of the bar. If snacks are right in front of your nose, you'll automatically reach for them. And the salty stuff will make you drink faster and more. Duh! That's why the bartender put it there!

Look around

To avoid reaching into the bowl of beer nuts, just observe for a few minutes the characters who are reaching their grubby paws into the same bowl. Now consider that they have done so after using the toilet. (It's okay, they've washed their hands, right? Right…?) Not so hungry for those nuts anymore, are you?

Order a chaser

After every beer or cocktail, order a large glass of ice water. It will fill up your belly, calorie-free, and you'll automatically consume half the number of drinks—or fewer—than you would without the agua advantage. Plus it will help you stay hydrated.

Stay off the bar stool

Play a game of pool. Standing burns 1.7 times more calories than sitting. And if you play pool or darts instead of sitting close to the bar, you'll slow down your rate of drinking, you'll be active, and you'll refill less frequently than if you were right next to the bartender.

Avoid drinks that come with tiny umbrellas

Tropical rum drinks and cocktails like margaritas and mojitos pack a caloric wallop thanks to the heavy-duty sugar infusion from the sweet mixers. A piƱa colada, for example, contains about 392 calories, versus around 145 for a beer or 95 for a vodka tonic (80 proof) made with diet tonic.

Choose drinks that come with vegetables

Order a Bloody Mary, extra spicy, with double celery and a carrot stick. A 10-ouncer in a highball glass sports about 125 calories, but with it you're getting lycopene and fiber from the tomato juice and low-cal vegetables to munch on. Plus, the spice will cause you to sip more slowly and slightly increase your metabolism.

Source: abcnews.go.com

11 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting I wonde3r if these tips help, or if I remember during happy hour.

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  2. These are some easy-to-follow tips which will surely help many people with an active nightlife.

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  3. These are some good tips. I have heard of chasing with water. I was always told it would keep you from the hangover. Never have I heard of the peanut butter though.

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  4. This should be posted right next to the "Happy Hour" signs.

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  5. I'm going right out to shoot some pool! Burn, calories, burn!

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  6. I always drink a bottle of water after every alcoholic beverage and never go for the snacks - yuckyy.

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  7. Whenever I have an alcoholic drink,I always drink water and I never have any snacks as it makes me feel ill lol.

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  8. My drink of choice (for a very long time) is a Bloody Mary! Yay for ME! lol!

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  9. Alcohol doesn't appeal to me but once in a while it would be nice to have.

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  10. The best way to lose weight during happy hour is to just not drink happy hour at all! Drink water or a diet drink (one might think you are drinking a drink with hard liquor in it).

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  11. I will have to remember these the next time I go out.

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