Are you ready for a night of partying and celebration? You may be, but is your body? Overindulging in party sweets may not be fatal, but it can send your blood-sugar levels into the stratosphere, causing fatigue, extreme thirst, frequent urination, and blurred vision. And bingeing on sugary alcoholic drinks at the same time adds to the problem, and will almost certainly result in dehydration.
But don’t cancel your big party plans just yet – there are a few things you can do to fortify your body’s defense mechanisms. Follow these New Year’s Eve pre-party tips to ensure a fast, healthy recovery the day after.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration throughout the day. Guzzle down at least nine 10-ounce glasses of water. It may sound like a lot, but trust me, your body will need it!
- Avoid eating sweets throughout the day. Chances are there will be plenty of sweet treats at any New Year’s bash. Eat fruits and veggies instead.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes, but don’t push yourself too hard. A moderate cardio workout is good for your heart and will boost your metabolism, helping you to burn off all those holiday calories. Do your strength-training on this day too. A night of drinking will weaken the body physically, so take caution and avoid strength training the day after any booze-filled night.
- Eat healthful meals. Load up on protein, such as fish or lean meat, as well as carbohydrates. These foods help absorb alcohol, thereby upping your tolerance of alcohol. Also, eat small snacks in between meals.
You don't want to feel or look like this sad duck!