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Week 2: Christmas Countdown Challenge

Staying on track in normal weeks can be easy when it comes to booze, but when the festive party season comes around, weight loss efforts are often placed on the back burner.

With Scottish Slimmers you can enjoy a little tipple at Christmas, but do you know the high Check values of alcohol? You could be ruining all of your good weeks of healthy eating with what you order at the bar, but that doesn't mean that you can't drink alcohol and still lose weight.

Here are a few ways to enjoy alcohol, without overdoing it:

  • Keep it simple. Order light beers or drinks with zero sugar mixers rather than sugary, fruity cocktails.
  • Drink a glass of sparkling water in between alcoholic drinks. It will slow down the amount of alcohol you consume and will keep you hydrated which will help any hangover symptoms. Youll thank us in the morning!
  • Adding ice to your drinks will dilute them and stretch them out further.
  • Avoid cocktails which contain milk or cream, such as a Pina Colada. Many "fruity" cocktails and alcopops are made with fruit juices and they often have sugary syrups added and so are very high Check.
  • Alternate each alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink (such as a diet soft drink or some soda water with a slice of lime).
  • Cut the Check content of wine by diluting it with half diet-lemonade or soda water.
  • Try not to drink on an empty stomach. Food in the stomach slows down the absorption of alcohol.
  • If you love beer, try swapping your regular beers for light beers such as Bud Light or Coors Light. These contain approximately 2 Checks less per 330ml bottle!†
  • Fruit juices, like orange juice, are high in sugar and Checks so they are not a great choice at the bar!

Do you know your limits?

Safe weekly alcohol limits:†14 units for men & women
(1 unit = half a pint of beer, half a standard (175ml) glass of wine, standard single pub measure of spirits (25ml).)