ok - two glasses of wine is about 250 calories (unless you are filling a huge glass!!) 5 days a week is 1,250 calories.
The booze - one ounce of whiskey, vodka, etc. is about 80 calories - but if you are like me...you probably have 2 shots per drink = 160 roughly. That's 960 calories (club soda has zero). If that is saturday and sunday, you're looking at 1,920.
Taking these numbers separately, they don't sound bad, but if you add these up per week:
1,250 + 960 = 2,210 or 1,250 + 1,920 = 3,170 (remember - 1 pound is about 3,500 calories)
So, you said earlier that " I almost never go up to 2000 (I'm in the 1200-1500 range)" - but these drinks are what is hindering your loss. How many calories do you eat per day? 1800? Even 1800 + 250 could end up as a gain.....
I drink still - not as much, though. Alcohol also makes you retain water (so there could be 5 hanging on as well). What I do is ask myself "Is this worth it?" When you know how many extra calories you are adding per drink to your diet, it can make it more of a deterrent.
If I choose to drink (maybe 2x per week), I almost always have to cut my food calories those days in order to keep losing weight. I have an event coming up mid september that I keep my mind on - that keeps me focused. I also have jeans that are too tight (just starting to get into them), I try them on every week - that keeps me focused as well.
Do you track your food? Maybe try only drinking of you have met a goal that day - you ate 1200 calories that day, so you can have 2 glasses of wine, or 2 drinks.
Losing weight does not necessarily mean that you have to stop drinking - it just means you have to figure in the drinks, just like everything else :)
Edited by: EELPIE at: 2/27/2014 (15:00)
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