When I think of January, two things come to mind: Dry January and Sweaty January. Beginning on the first Monday of every January, we stop drinking for 30 days. I know, I know, its seems ridiculous for some, impossible for others.. But for many of us, social drinking has been ingrained in our lives for years, and sometimes, especially after a boozy holiday season, our minds and bodies need a reset.
Considering going "dry"? This is what actually happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol for one month.
Day 1: Your Body Starts to Detox
Your body works quickly to cleanse your system of alcohol as soon as you put that glass of wine down. Once the [hangover] aftermath is through, your body will begin to strip the alcohol from its system and work to restore your blood sugar levels to a normal state.
To speed up the detoxification process, hydrate like crazy and eating lightly. Stick to protein-rich vegetables and legumes rather than meat, which could make you feel heavy and require your digestive system to use more energy that should be used for recovery.
Week 1: You'll Have More Energy
The first change you'll notice is an improvement in sleep quality and a spike in your energy levels. Many people like to have a drink before bed, and use it as a sleep aid. Yes, alcohol helps you fall asleep, but studies have shown that it reduces REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. This is the stage of sleep that matters most; where our bodies restore themselves. Alcohol disrupts a good night's sleep leaving us to feel drowsy, lazy, and unfocused the next day.
Week 2: Goodbye Sugar Cravings
Drinking alcohol in excessive amounts can do quite a number on our blood sugar levels, creating symptoms such as intense cravings for refined carbohydrates (bread, cereals, cakes, cookies) and sugar, fatigue, headaches. Eating processed foods and drinking alcohol also go hand in hand with a sedentary lifestyle. By removing alcohol, you'll feel an increase in focus, ready to hit the gym, and a stronger desire to make healthier food choices.
Week 3: Your Weight Will Drop
Yes, it is realistic to lose weight while you're doing a one-month alcohol cleanse. It's really a no-brainer. By simply eliminating alcohol from your diet, and making no other changes, your body will begin to shed pounds over time because of the lack of excess calories from alcohol.
Fast-track the results by committing to working out every day. Replace the time you spend social drinking with social workouts.
Week 4: You'll Feel Amazing!
By quitting alcohol for just one month you'll feel more mentally and emotionally stable, energized, positive, motivated, and you’ll look incredible.