Summer is the one time of year we can get shit faced during daylight hours and actually get away with it. Okay, maybe like, Santacon and Coachella are exceptions, but you get the point. Poolside blackouts are one of the best parts of summer, and there’s nowhere a betch thrives more than at a sick darty. However, with all of the alcohol consumption before 3pm, it can be hard to binge drink without feeling bloated and gross. Here are some tips to make sure you can feel and look your best while still consuming an irresponsible amount of alcohol:
1. Avoid Salty Foods Beforehand
Everyone knows that an excessive amount of salt makes your body blow up the next day, so be careful with what you’re eating the night before and day of your drinking bender. That means saying no to the late-night diner munchies and avoiding the excessive soy sauce and spicy mayo you usually order with your sushi. Try to stick with more plain foods and you’ll see a huge difference. No one wants to give off the third trimester pregnancy vibe when they’re drinking on the beach.
2. Stay Away From Bubbly Chasers
Instead of chasing with your regular Coke Zero, stick with beverages that aren’t carbonated, like orange juice, or even better, a lemon slice. The carbon dioxide in carbonated drinks can cause gas from the fizz to get trapped in your stomach and make you super bloated, so you’re better off limiting them. If you’re at a party with no other options, suck it up and skip the chaser completely. We believe in you.
3. Sleep The Night Before
The night before a darty isn’t the time to pull an all-nighter or to stick around SL East until 4am trying to meet Scott Disick. Lack of sleep can totally fuck with your body the next day, specifically making you bloated and constipated. This is because when we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies release a stress hormone called cortisol, which can disturb your digestive system and make you look like shit the next day. Cancel your plans and get to bed.
4. Skip The Straw
This is a weird trick, but it’s actually been scientifically proven to work, so let’s go with it. Apparently using a straw can contribute to bloating because of the excess air you could be inhaling through the straw. Avoid drinking your drinks through a straw and it could really affect how you look and feel throughout the day. So consider this your scientist-approved reason to chug all your drinks.
5. Drink Tons Of Water
Staying properly hydrated is most likely the last thing on your mind when you’re taking tequila shots and drunkenly mumbling the “Despacito” lyrics, but it could help to keep a water bottle with you to remind yourself to drink water throughout the day. When your body gets dehydrated, it actually tends to retain water, so you could end up feeling more bloated because you don’t have enough water in you.
6. Eat Probiotics For Breakfast
The probiotic trend has taken over the health world recently, and it turns out it’s not just for aging mothers who are still hoping for a Jennifer Aniston-style turnaround. Probiotics are huge for gut health and help prevent bloating, and you don’t have to take a pill to get them in your system. Eat foods like yogurt, green peas, kimchi, and kefir before you start drinking. They’re filled with probiotics and will help keep your tummy under control considering what you’re putting it through.
7. Don’t Do Cardio That Morning
We’re all in favor of hitting up SoulCycle Montauk before you get your day started, but if you’re planning on drinking beer in a bikini all day, you might want to skip the intense cardio the morning of. When you do cardio, your body tends to retain water for a few hours afterwards as a natural response to the sweating and water depletion you’re putting it through during the workout. It will go away by mid-day, but just to be safe, I’d do the class the day before, or just do a strength training or toning workout instead.