The weekend is just around the corner…
And yea, we all love a good night out.
Lots of drinking, dancing and mingling.
But what happens when it’s all said and done?
What happens when the music stops and the lights go out?
You want food.
You want it bad. You want something to quickly fill that empty space in your stomach that is currently flooded with beer and yager bombs.
But the question is – what are you eating? And how much?
A recent study shows that more than one in three drinkers admit that they are likely to eat more than they usually would when under the influence of alcohol.
So yea you’re more likely to eat more after a night out drinking and partying.
But what exactly is there to eat at three in the morning?
As expected, the options are limited:
- Street meat
- Fast food joints & pizza places
- Your fridge
Let’s take a look at these in detail.
As you step out of the pub or night club, you’re hit with the front line – the hot dog/sausage stand. They’re literally parked right next to the exit and you’re instantly punched in the face by the overwhelming smell coming from the little smoky cart.
The little old man behind it knows this. He is using your sense of smell to reel you in.
And majority of the time it works. You know it does.
Most people can’t resist the stand. In strategic locations, these guys make a killing selling garbage food to people looking for a quick hunger fix.
We’ve all fallen for it.
But what exactly is in street meat?
Get ready for this…
A sausage in a bun from your typical street vendor loaded with various condiments stands at 560 calories, 24 grams of fat, a ridiculous 64 g of carbohydrates, 22 g of protein, and an astonishing 2,239mg of sodium (see why this is too much sodium).
That’s more than a quarter of your daily recommended caloric intake. That’s WAY more sodium than your daily recommended sodium intake. And that’s enough carbohydrates to put your blood sugar levels through a roller coaster ride.
Basically it means that all those goofy dance moves were essentially for nothing.
If you’re strong enough to resist street meat, pat yourself on the back.
But don’t let your guard down. There’s still work to be done.
Next up, we got the fast food joints and pizza places. These places are open 24 hours and most of them (at least the fast food joints) are run by teenagers who need money and couldn’t give two shits about your food.
But guess what, these places are packed.
Next time you’re driving home on a weekend at 3am, drive by a fast food joint and take a look (I didn’t say go inside). It looks like Future Shop on boxing day.
But people fall for it. The food is cheap, quick and it satisfies your cravings.
I’m not going to go into the details of telling you what fast food and pizza can do to your body. You know it’s garbage and that you shouldn’t be eating it if you want to build a better body.
If you’ve managed to drive home without pulling over at a drive through, you should give yourself another pat on the back.
You’re doing really well.
But here comes the last line of attack.
You get home and you’re hungry. You can’t take it anymore. You head to the kitchen, usually before even taking off your shoes, and raid the fridge.
You kill it. You’ll take whatever you can find, combine it into one lump and down it as if your life depended on it.
The problem is that when you are ‘under the influence’, your decision making abilities go out the window. You’re incapable of making healthy choices.
Prepare ahead of time. If you know you won’t be able to fight your cravings, prepare something healthier ahead of time and put it in the fridge. Go ahead and even put a note on it:
“You drunk? Eat me”
So when you come back home at 3am and you’re drawn to that fridge, you’ll have something healthy waiting for you.
So go on. Have fun this weekend. Drink, dance and party your face off. Just watch what you eat when it’s all said and done.
How do you control your post-party cravings? Share in the comments below.