For many of us, the season of office parties, club dinners and end-of-year events poses the biggest diet dilemma of the year: exactly at the time we want to look our slinky, most beautiful best, we’re besieged with calorie-laden cocktails and platters of things deep-fried. And the more alcohol we consume, the more chicken wantons we munch down, leaving us looking (and feeling) more stuffed than the turkey. Knowing that conventional dieting around Christmas-time will never work, but at the same time that it sucks when your boep prevents you from rocking that magnificent LBD, someone very clever by the name of Cara Alwill Leyba has come up with the perfect COSMO girl eating plan: The Champagne Diet.
No, don’t get excited, it doesn’t mean quaffing bubbly for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which is much more fun in theory, anyway) – it’s a way of making healthier and smarter food choices, which keep your calorie content down, and allow you to indulge in two flutes of the good stuff per day – without ruining all those retro aerobics classes. The fact is, dry champagne only contains 65 calories per glass, which is much less than your average cocktail, beer or cooler.
And, since it’s such a festive, happy drink, making it your tipple of choice during the silly season means that you’ll never feel deprived. Plus, it contains more antioxidants than any other form of alcohol (like we needed an excuse…).
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• Pick the lowest-fat foods at the function, e.g. grilled meat or fish, crudités and salads. For dessert, go for berries, fresh fruit and sorbet.
• Be strict about sticking to two small glasses of champagne.
• Have two-three non-alcoholic, energy-free drinks for each alcoholic drink you allow yourself. This way you dilute the alcohol and prevent yourself from getting dehydrated.
• Don’t arrive at a function starving. Munching a small bag of biltong or having a slice of whole-wheat toast with avo before you leave means you’ll be less tempted to eat fatty food when you get there.
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