Cut down on alcohol (especially high calorie alcoholic drinks) and snacks to keep the weight down.

Overindulging in alcohol and snacks can lead to weight gain in the long term.

Here are three simple suggestions to help you reduce your intake of excess calories through alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Add ice to beverages

Adding ice to beverages will not only help to keep them cool but it will also help to increase your hydration levels. The ice will occupy space in the glass, thus leaving less space for other liquids. You may find that you will consume a far lesser amount of alcohol, as opposed to not having it with ice at all.

Compare calories before choosing beverages

Feel free to compare the calorie content of alcoholic beverages before making a choice as to which one to consume. If you have not tried a lower calorie alternative of the beverage that you usually consume, now may just be the time to give it a try. You may not even notice the difference so keep a lookout as to what lower calorie options are available.

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You could even consider going for non-alcoholic beverages if they are lower in calories. Remember that fruity beverages often contain more calories so be sure to compare carefully.

Drink fewer beverages and eat fewer snacks

Many people enjoy snacks whilst consuming alcoholic beverages. Drinking less may inevitably lead to consuming a lesser amount of snacks. If the snacks are high in calories, consuming fewer of them will be even more advantageous to your weight-loss efforts.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.