This article is going to be an attempt at giving you a mini-blueprint for keeping a decent physique while drinking, partying, and not being a Nazi with your diet.
This is what’s worked for me. You’ve got to experiment for yourself. (Also be smart and take into account whether or not you’d want my sexy bod.)
Consider this a good basis for you to experiment off of.
(I’m not including ANY scientific studies in this…screw the studies done in controlled lab environments. Listen to your body. Most of the guys that know all the science in the world have terrible physiques.)
Start with a solid base
First off, if you’re super overweight and not at all happy with your body, you have to take massive action and make a dramatic change before you try any of this.
I completed the Hollywood Physique last year with 100% dedication. I followed the program to a ‘T’ and got the insane results I was looking for. So I’ve had a great base to work off of for the last year. You can see my pictures and review here: Hollywood Physique Review
Once you’ve lost a ton of fat and gotten close to where you want to be, it’s much easier to maintain.
The more fat you have, the harder it is to lose fat. Check the Body Reset Program for an explanation on why that is…
With that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff…
How To Not Let Drinking Derail Your Physique Goals
Drink wine or hard alcohol and not beer.
Wine and hard alcohol seem to have less of an effect on my physique than beer. Of course I love beer, so this can be difficult. (If I drink beer I follow the other rules in this section very closely.)
I’ve actually found that a couple glasses of wine in conjunction with a solid diet and exercise program has minimal negative effects on my overall results. So when I’m not ‘caring’, I’ll indulge in wine without guilt.
If you drink hard A, avoid sugar. No sugary sodas or juices.
Here’s a health-conscious margarita recipe that I love:
- 2 parts tequila
- 1 part triple sec
- 1 part fresh lime juice
Try to avoid drinking & eating together.
I’ve found that drinking & eating together screws with my digestion and BAD DIGESTION EQUALS FAT GAIN for me. Try to space out your drinking and eating as much as possible.
When You Drink… Your Diet Might Suffer.
After a few drinks all self-control for food seems to go out the window. If you give in and indulge, try to do it intelligently. Don’t eat dairy. Minimize your carb intake if protein is involved.
Try to eat food that’s made up of either a) only carbs or b) only protein & fat.
If you drink all night, try to not to eat anything before bed.
Screw what you’ve learned about bodybuilding diets or the ‘eat 6 meals a day’ crowd.
When you’re going to be cheating a lot or aren’t super strict with your diet… simply don’t overeat. Eat when you’re hungry. Don’t worry about a set amount of meals a day. If you’re not starved in the morning or at night, don’t jam food down your throat just because. Listen to the bod.
Eat Salads When Possible
When you’re not compelled to ‘cheat’ and eat bad stuff, opt for salads. Fill them with spinach, brocolli, peppers, onion, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, etc. (no corn, FUCK corn)
Throw in eggs (whole with the yolks), steak, or any other type of meat you want.
When it doubt eat: veggies, eggs, meat.
If you can help it…no. Don’t eat fruit. If you do, eat it by itself with nothing else. It digests differently than other foods and will mess your shit up.
No Hydrogenated oils, High Fructose Corn Syrup, canola oil.
Don’t eat this crap. You can still eat bad foods that don’t have it.
How do you know if it has it? Check the label. Simple as that.
Know Your Killer Foods.
The foods that mess me up are:
- If eating bread, I have to avoid cheese (pizza is a physique-bomb).
- Dairy: Milk = no-no.
Know what bad food you can handle
I can handle cinnamon rolls, granola, cereals, sweet potatoes, french fries, donuts, pastries of different varieties, pancakes, chocolate, chips.
Notice how these foods are mostly just simple carbs.
Exercise 6 times a week or just stay active somehow
I put in my time moving around everyday. Even just incline walks ala the Hollywood Physique are fine.
If you can, exercise hard BEFORE you start eating the crap or drinking. It’s helped me and my feelings of guilt.
I hope this has given you somewhat of a rough guide to maintaining a decent physique while drinking and not being strict with your diet.
I’ll leave you with this RULE:
IF IT WONT DIGEST (easily & smoothly), DON’T INGEST.