Ever feel like you’re so good about getting to the gym and eating clean all week then you blow it on a night of drinking? You’re not alone! Studies show that in a single evening out on the town, 40% of women consume about 1,000 calories in alcohol alone (scary!). In addition, more than half say that imbibing makes them hungrier, and four in five admit that drinking diminishes their willpower, causing them to indulge in foods like burgers, pizza, and chips (ain’t that the truth).

If you feel like alcohol is your diet downfall, we’re here to help! Here’s my top picks from Health’s awesome article on “7 Ways to Keep Alcohol From Ruining Your Diet“:

1. Eat before you drink – lean protein and/or good fat (like fresh guacamole and veggies), slows down the absorption of alcohol.

Having a proper meal before you start drinking will help to prevent you from eating diet-sabotaging foods like this.

2. Slim down your drink order –  Just four ounces (a half cup), of a sweetened mixer will cost you a whopping 25 grams of carb (about 14 gummy bears worth), and decadent drinks like a mudslide can contain over 500 calories, more than the amount a slice of chocolate cake.

cocktailsWatch out for drinks made with mixers – they can add a lot of carbs and calories to a night of drinking

3. Slow your pace

waterCreate a habit of having a glass of water between drinks – this will slow you down, keep you hydrated, and help prevent you from a hangover tomorrow