Alcohol and the Corona 15: Strategies to Indulge Without the Bulge


Undoubtedly, as you’ve heard, the Corona 15 is a thing. And, in addition to our constant need for comfort combined with a newfound proximity to the fridge, alcohol sales are on the rise as well with some reports indicating that we’re spending 500% more on booze since the pandemic started. So, Zoom and alcohol brands are some of the few benefiting from all of this.

While there was a lot of advice last week from fitness experts telling us to cut the booze to keep our waistlines from exploding, we weren’t convinced…so I turned to our favorite celebrity trainer and wine aficionado Mike Ryan. He shared his strategy for not only continuing to enjoy those cocktails, but also how to keep our guts in check while boosting our immunity and metabolism. Hint: it involves exercise.

Here are some highlights from our chat, and you can read all of Mike’s tips below.

Mike Ryan’s Tips for Avoiding the Corona 15 Without Giving Up That Cocktail

  1. Use the Half Rule: If you find you’re drinking more than normal, try to cut back by indulging in half your normal drink. So, if you have 2 or 3 glasses of wine a night, go for 1  1/2.
  2. Exercise: Practice social distancing, but get out and work out. Get in a run, use weights or your own body weight to do some strength training. Exercise not only will help boost your immunity, but it keeps your metabolism fired up so you can more effectively burn any extra calories you might take in while staying in.
  3. Choose Wisely: Stick to red wine (which is apparently the bodybuilder’s go to drink of choice, who knew?) or zero carb clear liquors like tequila or vodka. Naturally, stay away from sugary mixers and sodas.

“My body is like an iron fortress,” Mike states proudly. And if you watch the video, you can see that even while chatting with me from his couch, he’s all muscle. “I’m not afraid of getting sick because I’ve trained for this my whole life.”


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