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"I drank too much last night"
Most of us don't dance on the table after a few Long Island Iced Teas we eat everything on it. Why? The body doesn't register liquid calories, so even if you drink 500 of them, you'll still crave food. When Pennsylvania State University researchers gave people a caloric drink (such as fruit juice, sweetened soda, or even milk) with a meal, the participants didn't consume any less food when they sat down to eat. And neither did you so now you have all the alcohol calories to burn off, as well as a huge dinner.
Get some exercise. Taking a walk or a bike ride will shift your mind-set from I am a colossal boob to I'm back in the game! A reminder from Dr. Wyatt: "You havent failed unless you continue the counterproductive behavior."
"Never drink on an empty stomach," says Timothy Harlan, M.D., a chef-turned-physician who also appears on the Food Network's Cooking Thin. At parties, grab a handful of nuts (they're satisfying and healthy) before you pick up a wine glass. If you're out to dinner, try to "sip your wine slowly until the salad is served," Dr. Harlan adds. (And no, this is not an excuse to hit the bread basket...wait for something healthier to arrive.)
Pace yourself. "In calories, one Long Island Iced Tea is the equivalent of 26 fat-fried onion rings," says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Womans Diet. So make sure you drink water or seltzer both zero calories in between alcoholic drinks. Some numbers to keep in mind while you sip: A 5-ounce glass of wine is around 125 calories; beer is about 65 calories. A 1.5-ounce shot of alcohol (for, say, Scotch or vodka on the rocks) is about 95 calories. A 3-ounce margarita, about 170 calories. A 2.5-ounce martini, 175 calories.