Keeping up a dry January has become quite the trend this year. After a holiday season of high calorie foods and too much alcohol, it can feel good to head in the opposite direction for a while. That said, can you expect any improvements to your weight loss efforts for choosing not to drink any alcohol for a month?
Dry January has taken off as a popular idea partly because it offers a very clear and direct way to make a healthy choice. At a time after lots of overindulgence and when many of us start resolutions to make ourselves better, a dry month can seem very appealing. It can also seem like an easy way to clean up a lifestyle.
Moreover, since alcohol doesn’t have positive benefits for your weight loss, cutting it can give you a substantial advantage. Alcohol is notoriously high in empty calories and natural sugars. Therefore, by cutting them for a month, you’ll automatically slash your unnecessary calories and carbs. One large glass of wine, for example, contains around 200 calories. Cutting that glass of wine saves you all those calories without having to go without a drink. If you have water with a lemon wedge in it, you’ll still have a beverage but without the negative impact on your diet.
Many people love how easy dry January is when it comes to making a positive choice. After all, when you want to lose weight, much of the challenge is in being able to cut calories without being hungry. That said, if many of your calories are coming from alcohol, then swapping out those drinks for herbal tea, black coffee, and water, slashing them is a breeze.
A dry January doesn’t require hunger pangs, feelings of deprivation, or a struggle to be social with your friends. You can still eat out, you can visit friends and family and can have them over. The only thing you’ll be cutting is calories and the cost of your drinks. After all, whether you’re drinking alcohol at home or at a restaurant, a water or a tea is far less expensive than a drink with alcohol – even if you choose a fancy bottled water!
Aside from supporting your weight loss and leaving more money in your pocket, cutting alcohol can have some additional potential benefits, too. For instance, if you find you suffer from the blues over the holidays – or immediately afterward – a dry January can make it easier for you to return to a more positive emotional state. Alcohol is a depressant. Cutting it can not only help you to maintain a better and more balanced mood on the day you would have had it to drink, but also on the day afterward!