I love red wine, but red wine doesn’t love me back.
Red wine may relax me for the time being, but the next day, I always feel confused, anxious and like I am contemplating and critiquing all of my life decisions. My brother recently told me that his friends refer to this feeling as the “Sunday Scaries…” the impending doom you feel after a Saturday night of boozing.
There is a reason it’s called Happy HOUR (and not happy days, weeks, months, or years).
It’s the hour when you get to meet with friends, sip on cocktails/wine/beer, de-stress after work and forget about your worries. At the time it is fun, happy and carefree. BUT, the effects of consuming alcohol rarely go unnoticed.
From the headache upon waking up the next morning after drinking to the afternoon brain fog at work, alcohol can drastically alter your mind and body.
However, when you remove alcohol, even for just 2 weeks, you will actually experience some incredible changes.
Here are some magnificent effects that take place in your body and life when you give up alcohol for 2 weeks:
Drop Excess Pounds
Fancy cocktails and frozen concoctions can contain anywhere from 200-700 calories.Yikes! They are also packed with sugar, which wreaks havoc on your digestive system and mood. Not to mention that a hangover, even a slight one, deters you from heading to the gym for a workout and instead leads you to reach for greasy fast food to “soak up the alcohol.”
Boozing too much has also been proven to reduce muscle development and interfere with your post workout recovery.
When you give up alcohol, you skip out on all those wasted calories in booze and whatever food you indulged in that night or the morning after! You will also have the energy to exercise and strengthen your body.
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