What is Dry January & How to Make a New Year Resolution (As Seen on CNN)

Detox your way into the New Year by participating in Dry January. What is Dry January? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour was recently interviewed on CNN to talk about the Hows and Whys of cutting out all booze for one month.

If you enjoy winding down in the evening with a glass (or two!) of wine, you’re definitely not alone!

What many people are discovering, however, is the benefit of taking an entire month off alcohol to detox and reset their bodies for a new year of successful weight loss endeavors.

This trend seems especially beneficial following the holiday season where fun cocktails and after work happy hours were prevalent.

Dry January and Weight Loss

If you have several drinks a week, it makes sense that cutting out alcohol completely will save you substantial amounts of calories. This makes maintaining a caloric deficit much easier, which is essential if your goal is weight loss!

Even if you budget alcohol into your daily caloric needs, it doesn’t contain nutrients. By  ditching the booze and adding more lean proteins, leafy greens, and healthy fats into your diet to replace those calories you can expect to feel so much better in your body!

Can I Just Cut Back on Alcohol Instead?

Even if you don’t want to commit to the full 30 consecutive days off booze, you can still cut back and enjoy some added health benefits.

Some of the reported benefits of reducing drinking are:

  • stronger immune system
  • better sleep
  • better mood
  • weight loss
  • save money

The recommended amounts of alcohol consumption, according to the CDC, is up to one drink per day for women, two for men. I recommend you start by looking at how many drinks per week you normally consume, and cutting that number in half.

What About When Dry January Ends?

Picture this: You committed to Dry January, you abstained from all alcohol, you went all in. Now the month has ended, you’ve lost some weight, you’ve slept better, but you’re feeling a little lost on what direction to head now. You may even be tempted to celebrate with a few drinks.

That’s why in all my weight loss programs for women I prefer to teach everything in moderation as opposed to the all or nothing approach.

I suggest taking a look at what your biggest trigger times are. When you personally feel the need for that drink. Honestly consider if it’s becoming a daily habit or affecting your life negatively, and if so then: replace it.

I have my private weight loss clients physically write down the times that they are feeling the need to reach for a cocktail or a beer and replacing it with a positive, relaxing habit instead.

Instead of pouring yourself a large glass of wine when you get home, try one of these:

  • a bubble bath
  • calling a friend
  • painting your toenails
  • put a little piece of dark chocolate on your pillow so you’re excited to go to bed at night even without your nightcap!

Make It a Mocktail!

This is my favorite thing to do when I’m not drinking. Use your normal wineglass, so you still feel in that treat mode, but fill it up with some soda water, fresh berries, and mint. Now you can sip on a delicious beverage without all those toxins and calories!

Whether you decide to ditch all booze this next month or simply cut back to more mindful amounts: I am rooting for you!

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight. My private weight loss programs for women are like a wellness program for women, a life coaching program for women, and a healthy lifestyle program for women all wrapped in one!

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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