Our expert says:
I suspect that your problem is related to a lack of routine that is affecting your diet more than your training. The problem when you're gaining weight is that your energy intake is greater than your output during the day. That is happening despite perhaps 40 minutes of walking a day, which suggests that your diet around this is the problem, not so much the exercise.
The alcohol is part of this, and so you do need to take steps to combat it. Discipline is obviously a big part of it, and in many respects, you kind of have to take a decision to stop or at least drink less. That's not a major commitment, and is perhaps the compromise between nothing and the current situation. Consider also drinking the light options, because the alcohol has a high caloric content, and that means you're taking in a whole lot of energy that you cannot afford to. So go light, and also drink less, replace the drinks with water - it's not a prerequisite when you go out.
In terms of exercise,you also need to make lifestyle choices. Perhaps you need to plan your day so that you don't walk, but rather jog home, just to increase your energy burned. Also, if you can commit to a lifestyle change, then you'll find the time. No one ever woke up and suddenly realised that they had a lot of time to train in. Rather, they have to commit to making that time, and that's really what you need.
So my advice is really that you find time, sit down with a daily planner and figure out where you might be able to get 30 minutes extra a day and then use that time for some exercise. But you also need to take control of your diet, including that alcohol intake.
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