This article from Precision Nutrition’s Camille DePutter made me think long and hard about the tradeoffs involved with my nightly glass of vino:
Drinking or not drinking isn’t about ‘healthy vs. not’. It’s about tradeoffs.
Alcohol is just one factor among many that affect physical performance, health, and fitness. Whether to keep drinking or cut back depends on how much you drink, what your goals are, and how you want to prioritize those things.
How to sort it all out? I touched base with Krista Scott-Dixon, Ph.D., curriculum designer for Precision Nutrition’s Coaching programs for men and women. She said to think of it this way: In order to say “yes” to something, you have to say “no” to something else. And only you know what you are, or aren’t, willing to trade.
- Saying “yes” to six-pack abs might mean saying “no” to two drinks at the bar.
- Saying “yes” to Friday happy hour might mean saying “no” to your Saturday morning workout.
- Saying “yes” to marathon training might mean saying “no” to boozy Sunday brunches.
- Saying “yes” to better sleep (and focus, and mood) might mean saying “no” to your daily wine with dinner.
- Saying “yes” to avoiding the nacho platter might mean saying “no” to the second margarita.
- Saying “yes” to moderate alcohol consumption might mean finding a way to say “no” to stress triggers (or human triggers) that make you want to drink more.
In life, there’s always a tradeoff. What am I trading off to enjoy my nightly buzz?
Probably more than I realize.