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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?


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  • I'm busted!

    Dramatically cutting alcohol intake plus tracking (i.e., improving and increasing) nutrition and exercise has proven the ONLY way I can weigh less.

    Bummer! - 6/23/2008 7:25:57 PM
    Finally, the scientific reason and facts. I have heard, "Don't drink if you want to lose weight." but no one ever explained why in good, factual reasons. This is the explanation I have been searching for for a long time! - 6/23/2008 6:03:52 PM
  • I'm quite sensitive to both salt and alcohol, which unfortunately I love to eat/drink. I usually have 2 glasses of wine with dinner, but now am going to give them up, as much as I hate to. I can't lose weight and drink at the same time. I also feel "fat" when I drink, or the food I've eaten is too salty.
    This article is excellent, and I've saved it to refer to again. - 6/23/2008 5:12:53 PM
    A contributing to factor to my weight loss success was the elimination of alcohol from my diet. I, now, have so much energy and feel so terrific from the weight loss, it doesn't even begin to compare to the slight buzz from a glass of wine or some scotch. I can still be my social, engaging self, nursing a diet drink and I don't have any of the residual problems. - 6/23/2008 11:39:33 AM
  • My personal opinion is that you canít have both alcohol and weight loss. Speaking from personal experience, every time I was able to successfully lose weight, I did so by completely eliminating alcohol. In fact, I eliminate all beverages that have calories. But for me with alcohol, it affects my will, and I tend to much on things I donít need OR I do lots of rationalizing telling myself to have those chips or cookies, or other things I never would eat otherwise. I do not thing this is something that anybody can make a blanket statement about.

    Maybe for some people, you CAN have both. But I think for me, I cannot. Frankly, I would rather save those calories for something else more enjoyable. - 6/23/2008 10:36:51 AM
    Wow, those are pretty heavy pours. A typical serving for wine is 3.5 oz, not 5 oz. - 6/2/2008 12:26:30 PM
  • great article !!! Its time to rid the empty calories and put the good nutritious in ! - 5/14/2008 4:24:36 AM
  • Great article! I don't drink very often, though I do enjoy alcoholic beverages and the socializing that goes along with it. I'll defnitely be remembering this article next time I go out and party with friends. - 5/8/2008 5:42:47 PM
    Thank you for giving such a clear explanation of how alcohol is metabolized. This is the first thing I have read that goes beyond the "empty calorie" warning. After reading this, I have a clear resolution to limit myself to one glass of red wine each day. I'll still have the occasional mixed drink or brandy but with the clear understanding of how that will impact my weight loss. Knowledge is power. - 5/4/2008 9:56:26 AM
  • I have come to a standstill in my weight loss and I know it is the red wine I currently have to glasses a night and now I am going to drop that down to one glass a night so hopefully I can get the scale moving down again. - 5/4/2008 8:46:25 AM
  • I do like to drink, and of course, it would be the ones high in calories - dark beer, long islands, and margaritas! Back in the day, I thought I balanced the drinking all night with dancing all night. Now unfortunately I just sit and drink and try to remember to throw in some water - dehydrate then rehydrate. :-) - 5/3/2008 2:54:52 AM
  • I don't drink very often, and when I do I usually have only one or two (I'm usually the DD). Well that often changes when we camp in the summer - nowhere to go and not much to do but drink. I like Smirnoff and similar types of sweet drinks, which aren't listed, but I'm going to guess push the 200 cal mark. Plus, of course, I tend to drink more around the campfire. So I'm already planning my attack - I love strawberry daiquiris, so I will simply leave out the rum and have a few smoothies. I can make a smoothie for less than half the calories. Also, i will stock up on my favorite diet pops and SF Red Bull (for those nights when everyone is still awake at 3am - I have a tendency to fall asleep by the fire). If I can have stuff available that I like even better than alcohol, I won't be missing a thing! - 4/23/2008 3:40:55 PM
  • My fiance switched to long island iced teas for a month to take a break from beer and have a 'healthier' drink - I guess that wasn't the best idea! 400 calories wow! - 4/23/2008 2:18:28 PM
  • Great information and motivation to give up my wine! My problem will be following through though. I wonder if there is a message board for this? Does anyone else struggle with giving up alcohol (socially, not physically!) I know I will - it is such a social thing for me but as far as I can tell it is the biggest roadblock to sticking with any kind of healthy resolutions.
    I'd love to hear from people who have cut out alcohol and noticed a difference in their weight loss for that alone! - 4/16/2008 4:24:54 AM
  • I truly think this may be why I am not losing weight, I have been eating healthy and excersising then I go home and have a few drinks with my will be hard but I know what I need to do....wish me luck - 4/10/2008 1:09:56 PM

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