It's safe to say that most of us are slightly relieved by the time January 1 rolls around. After weeks of celebrating the holidays, we've just about had enough of indulging in the festivities—especially when it comes to alcohol. You may even feel bloated, tired, and sleep-deprived now that it's all over, and that's okay. After all, along with New Year's resolutions comes the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate our bodies by taking a break from alcohol.
"Someone who averages one drink per day could definitely see weight loss within a week if they're not making up those calories with other caloric beverages," registered dietitian Jessica Cording told Self. But besides cutting down on your caloric intake (alcohol usually runs about 100 calories or more a glass), what are the other benefits of breaking from alcohol? Unsurprisingly, there are plenty.
Cutting that routine drink (or two) from your day can bring your immune system and liver back to their normal patterns since alcohol weakens both of them. Your metabolism can also see a boost and you're sure to get a better night's sleep, too. Sounds like a win-win, right? And while it might be, don't make the mistake of jumping back on the alcohol wagon in full force when you're not ready. Another doctor told Self that "even moderate drinkers who stop drinking for two months tend to over-drink when they start again."
Our advice? Start slow. You don't need to cut alcohol from your life completely, but see what happens after a few days of replacing your favorite gin and tonic with a cup of tea. It won't be long until you stop craving all those tasty holiday cocktails.
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