The title of this article is a contradiction within itself, but bear with me and I’ll attempt to paint a more vivid picture and provide a full explanation.
OK here goes; it’s the early hours of Sunday morning and you have finally decided it’s time to hang up your dancing shoes and leave the nightclub that only two weeks ago you swore you would never visit again! By this point you’ve already consumed a fair amount of alcohol and your mind now switches to the subject of food. From Monday to Friday your body is a temple with a selection of only healthy dishes but it appears you have lost your mind and you must have some greasy food. Your ability to resist temptation finally breaks as you stumble into a fast food chain at 4am in an attempt to give your body exactly what it needs just some twenty minutes before you make it home and pass out; a double cheese burger, large fries and a full fat coke to wash it all down!
How is this picture looking so far? It’s fair to say that most – if not all – of us have experienced this type of scenario at least once in our lifetime. In fact, there’s probably a few of you reading this article right now thinking to yourself, I did the exact same thing only last night! Here at FitnessBeans we understand that every once in a while everyone needs to let their hair down and enjoy a night out. With this in mind, the aim of this article is to educate you as to how to make the best of a bad situation, attempting to eat as healthy as possible following a night out. Consider it a damage limitation exercise if you will!
Before moving on to consider ways to make fast food healthier let us just consider the statistics of one of the nations most famous fast food meals, a Big Mac meal go large; 1350 calories, 194 grams carbohydrates, 54 grams fat, 31 grams protein and 1470 mg sodium! The statistics on this meal alone are quite astonishing and for an individual in training, this additional calorie consumption could at best be avoided.
For those of you that regularly utilise cardiovascular equipment at the gym, you will appreciate how much hard work and effort goes into burning 1350 calories, so let’s now take a look at a few simple methods to make your fast food experience a healthier one:
There you are, five simple ways to reduce the damage limitation on both your body and subsequent training following a night out on the town. With regards to the latter ‘make it yourself’ tip, a word of advice; if you’ve not already prepared something before you go out then it’s probably not worth attempting it on your return. The kitchen can be a dangerous place when being under the influence of alcohol turns you into Jamie Oliver!