When you’re on a diet, it’s hard to go out for an evening and give up that glass of wine or mixed drink. This is especially true for fashion models, who might be out at industry events or networking in the evenings. If you’re out doing promotional work, sometimes that means having a drink too. So is it possible to have an alcoholic drink without blowing your diet?
You’ve probably read how the occasional drink can actually be good for your health. It can fit in well with a healthy lifestyle by lowering stress and even reducing your blood pressure. So does alcohol on your diet have to be a total no-no? Well, more than one drink a day probably is.
Alcohol, as you’ve been told over and over again, is full of empty calories. But what’s life without a few empty calories? So although you can probably lose some weight and enjoy a drink a day, have a think about some of the information below.
We all know that alcohol can dehydrate your skin, leaving it red or blotchy both during drinking and in the morning. But drinking also has longer term effects on your skin. Drinking alcohol tends to permanently enlarge the blood vessels near the skin's surface, causing itchiness, uneven tone and red spots. If you've ever seen the skin of a long-term alcoholic, you'll recognize exactly this redness.
Alcohol may help you to drop off in the evening, but the quality of your sleep will be poor. It’s certainly not the restful sleep that your body deserves. If you need to bounce out of bed and run to a photo shoot, you need a good quality dose of beauty sleep!
Alcohol causes your stomach to produce more stomach acids, which cause inflammation in your stomach lining. This will not normally cause immediate problems with your health, but if you drink frequently and in large amounts you can get ulcers, heart problems or liver disease.
It’s hard to stick to your diet when a drink has lowered your inhibitions. To make things worse, alcohol is actually an appetite stimulant too, which drives us to high calorie snacks like chips, peanuts or fast food. This slide in willpower often continues well into the next day when we order takeaway or eat fried food.