Let’s admit we have all said the words ” I’m so hungover, I’m not drinking again.” When in reality we know we will, however we have fitness goals that we want to reach.
Being out of routine, not hitting macros, and not sticking to my training schedule can all stress me out. In essence anything that could affect my fitness progress.
Going out and having a few too many beverages is part of being social but before that, you need to realise that achievements mean nothing if you don’t enjoy life on the outside of health.
This then leads me onto my next point; how we can track alcohol so that it fits our macros. If it is just a couple of drinks it’s easy to track, but if it will be a big night out then let loose, enjoy yourself, and return to your normal habits the next day.
Alcohol will need to be tracked as either carbohydrates or fat. This way, we ensure that we get our required protein intake for the day.
So, the way to track alcohol is as follows:
1. Find the alcoholic beverage of your choice on the app that you use to track your macros. For me that is MyFitnessPal.
2. Decide whether you want to track alcohol as carbs or fat
3. If you want to track as carbohydrates, 1 gram of carbs = 4kcal so you would take the total amount of calories from your drink and divide it by 4. If you track alcohol as fat, 1 gram of fat = 9kcal so you would take the number of calories from the drink and divide it by 9.
4.The answer to the division is how much carbohydrates or fat you need to account for.
So next time you go for dinner with a friend and want to have a cheeky beverage, just hit the equation above and you are good to go. Remember vodka isn’t the answer, but it is worth a shot.