If you’ve decided to participate in Dry January, you might wonder how much weight you can expect to lose by cutting out alcohol for the month. The answer, of course, depends on a variety of factors, but in this article, we’ll go over what you can generally expect and offer some tips for maximizing your weight loss during Dry January.
What is Dry January?
Dry January is a campaign that encourages people to abstain from drinking alcohol for the month of January. The goal is to give your body a break from alcohol, improve your health, and potentially save some money.
Many people, including myself, find that taking a break from alcohol helps them feel better physically and mentally. Like myself, some even continue to abstain from drinking for the rest of the year. I have not consumed alcohol for over four years now, starting with a Dry January.
How Much Weight Can You Lose During Dry January?
So, how much weight can you lose during Dry January? The amount of weight you lose will depend on how much you typically drink and how many calories your drinks contain.
On average, a 12-ounce bottle of beer contains about 150 calories, while a glass of wine contains about 120 calories. If you typically have two drinks per day, that’s an extra 300-450 calories per day or 2100-3150 calories per week. Over the course of a month, that’s 8400-12600 calories, or approximately 2-3 pounds of weight loss (assuming you’re not consuming additional calories from other sources).
Of course, this is just an estimate, and your weight loss may be more or less depending on your individual circumstances. If you typically drink more than two drinks per day, you can expect to lose more weight. On the other hand, if you’re replacing those calories with other types of food or drink, you may not see as much weight loss.
Tips for Maximizing Weight Loss During Dry January
If you’re looking to maximize your weight loss during Dry January, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Keep track of your intake: Use a food diary or app to track your calories and make sure you’re not consuming too many from other sources.
- This is really important – stay hydrated: Drinking water can help you feel full and satisfied, which can prevent you from overeating.
- Exercise: Incorporating regular exercise into your routine can help boost weight loss and improve your overall health.
- Consider a low-calorie or alcohol-free drink option: If you miss the ritual of having a drink, consider switching to a low-calorie or alcohol-free option, like our botanical tonics brewed with functional mushrooms instead of alcohol.
Overall, participating in Dry January can be a great way to give your body a break from alcohol, improve your health, and potentially lose a few pounds. By tracking your intake, staying hydrated, exercising, and considering low-calorie or alcohol-free drink options, you can maximize your weight loss and set yourself up for a healthier year.