Eat before you go out
Studies have shown that alcohol leads you to make poor eating decisions – and most of us can attest to making poor decisions overall when plastered. So as a rule of thumb, don’t enter into a night of drinking on an empty stomach. Instead, have a nice full dinner beforehand – with lots of protein and carbs. Do this and you’ll likely consume far fewer calories and avoid bloating the next morning.
Look for the healthier late night restaurants
However, if you must do the late night food run, make your food choices wisely. Pizza and burgers are always favored food choices – but they are Grease & Carb City. Instead, look for a Greek gyros restaurant, get a chicken sandwich instead of the burger, or even make yourself a nice bowl of oatmeal when you get home. These may seem contrary to your thoughts of “Must. Have. Grease.” but you’ll save tons of calories, and you’re going to bed soon so you won’t care anyway. Enjoy your night out, but don’t let one night compromise your hard work from the week.
And of course, hydrate! You can’t drink too much water at this point.
Eat a giant healthy breakfast the next day
You may still go crazy with the food the minute you wake up the next day, but after a good night’s rest and a little sobriety, you may be in a better place to make a more sound decision. Fill up on breakfast and go for lots of protein and continue to hydrate. The perfect option for me is some type of omelet with a side of fruit. Then I like to choose just one of the other carby yummies that I can’t resist like potatoes, pancakes, waffles – but I really try to stick to one (or do none and go for an English muffin instead – always the healthier option) to avoid packing on a bunch of extra calories. Plus, the protein is more filling.
So that’s the plan. Nothing is perfect once you’re several drinks into the night, but you can avoid a lot of the after-effects.