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How to Drink Beer and Lose Weight

Have you been trying to lose weight by giving up carbs and alcohol? Do you wish there was an easier way to look and feel great without having to deprive yourself so much? While it’s still important to eat real food and limit your alcohol consumption, I find that having one beer each day after my adventure sports actually helps me stay lean and athletic.

I am not a disciplined person.  Intuitive, yes.  But if it came down to pure willpower, I’d never succeed. The beauty of that though, is that through trial and a lot of error, I’ve experienced firsthand that many of the “rules” of fitness and wellness that you’ve heard, may not all be true.  

It’s important to me to be able to enjoy my food, do activities that bring me joy, and feel good about my body.  That doesn’t mean I just eat whatever I want, but when it comes to weight loss, there are a lot more factors involved besides calories in and calories out.

Overall, I believe in the 90/10 rule. My beer just happens to be what I choose for the 10%. But the other 90% is really good, healthy, well sourced foods.

In my book, A Playful Life, I teach the importance of linking mindset with good nutrition and a strong, functional body, but more importantly, finding a sport that gives you a reason to train hard, eat well, and still enjoy that beer each night.

How to Drink Beer and Lose Weight

It has to be about more than just weight loss.  If you are constantly looking at a scale, you are ultimately going to burn out.  But by finding movement or an activity every day that you lose yourself in, you will create a better hormone response that can handle the beer and a body that moves well and looks good.

If you feel great and kick ass every day, then keep doing what you are doing.  If you are just trying to get by and don’t understand why you can’t get the scale to budge, ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. Are You Just Too Busy?

I’m sure you are busy.  I’m busy too.  But being busy is a choice and I promise that you’re not too busy to lose weight. Yes, losing weight requires a time investment…time to exercise, time to grocery shop, time to meal prep…but it takes way less time than you may think.

It’s not so much a lack of time, but a lack of priority. You can’t avoid self-care and self-awareness and expect your body to get stronger and leaner.

Figure out why you want to lose weight and then, raise your motivation.  When you can justify that you are worth the time, then the food prep and the workouts become easy and quite time-efficient.  This is a big part of what I focus on in my coaching- learning how to prioritize the things that matter most to you and script your life around your talents, passions, and people you love.  

2. Is Your Body Ready To Play?

Often a fitness routine makes you great at doing high repetitions in the gym or good in a spin class, but it doesn’t always make you “play-ready”.  To pick up a game of soccer, drop into a wave, flow a downhill mountain bike trail, and tear up the slopes requires some joint integrity, power production, and a good range of motion throughout the body.  

Victor and I always create workout programs that have three parts: mobility/range of motion, strength, and power production.  When you mix in all three of these, you can play hard and enjoy your beer without any repercussions on the scale aspect.

3. Do You Have A Restorative Element In Your Life?

There is no way around this one, you need to set aside time for your body to recover.  Sleep is not enough.  Most people have issues of being wired and tired. Addressing adrenal issues is a key ingredient to getting lean and being able to enjoy a beer at the end of the day.  

If you workout hard and can’t seem to lose the layer around your midsection, you likely have a hormonal issue.

Yoga is a great way to help your mobility and give you the ability to learn to shut down your body and teach your body to relax. If you feel like you are having trouble relaxing, have anxiety, or have injuries that just won’t heal. Taking ZMA before bed or ONNIT’s New Mood are great ways to improve recovery.


4. Do You Count Calories?

Stop counting calories. Not all calories are created equal and it’s way more important to focus on how the foods you eat are being absorbed and digested.  There are so many diet and nutrition plans out there and they can all work in the short term but long term you need to understand that food isn’t bad. Learning to understand what your body needs to feel good and look great is key.

Sourcing is a better gauge of the quality of food you are selecting. Notice if the food you eat gives you energy.  Are you eating because you are bored or stressed?  Are you eating according to your blood type?  If you play hard, do you eat like a warrior? Download my book for free and get access to my easy healthy recipes.

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5. Do You Train Intuitively?

It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working smart. If you are in the gym and you like it, then that’s great. However, if you are in the gym and your goal is to lose weight and nothing is happening, you need to question your plan. Don’t be so rigid in your training program that you don’t notice when you are overtraining or getting limited results.  Some days earning that beer means skipping a run and heading to a Yin Yoga class.  

The most important aspect of being able to drink a beer every night without gaining weight is having a good hormone profile.  If you need help with this, reach out for coaching.

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