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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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DARKBUNNY

4/23/2008 2:18:28 PM

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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!

DESIGNINGMARY

4/16/2008 4:24:54 AM

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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!

TERBEAR287

4/10/2008 1:09:56 PM

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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 neighbors...it will be hard but I know what I need to do....wish me luck

RUTHIEDES

4/10/2008 10:19:04 AM

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT, I HAVE CUT OUT ALL STARCHES SO IT IS JUST VEGIES AND CHICK OR FISH, BUT I STILL LOVE MY JACK DANIELS. AFTER READING THE ARTICLE I AM GOING TO CUT THAT OUT, WHICH WILL BE HARD BECAUSE OF FRIENDS, BUT OH WELL. WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT 1 WEEK WITHOUT DOES. I AM SURE MY LIVER WILL LOVE ME

MARI.B

4/2/2008 3:15:47 PM

Wonderful Article! Although I knew diet and alcohol isn't encouraged, I didn't know why. Since my weight loss is completely at a stand still, this information gave me the incentive I needed to give up my much loved wine. Thank you!

KATHYEARLE

4/2/2008 8:31:57 AM

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Great info! I was floored when I first discovered how much was in a typical mixed or fruity summer drink. Now I stick to beer when I go out and try to only have one or two.

SIMONE_7

3/30/2008 9:54:08 AM

I did not normally drink wine but there was so much being said out there about how a single serving a day would help your heart that I started to try to have a glass daily but it seems like that line is so fine between being helpful & hurtful. This article helped me especially with the information about how alcohol is metabolized. Now I'll have light 100% grape fruit juice in my wine glass and save the vino for special occasions. :)

SOCCERMOM50

3/17/2008 11:09:57 PM

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Let's suppose, for argument's sake, I drink 4 or 5 bottles of wine per week. If I cut out three of them per week (approx 5 5-oz servings @ 100 cals/glass), that's 1500 calories! It's not difficult to consume that amount -- it should not be that difficult to forgo them if that means such a big weight-loss incentive. Not drinking at all would be ideal. I know I sleep better and feel better when i'm not drinking at all. But sometimes it is too tempting to kick back at home with friends and let the vino flow. However, I find that drinking non-caffienated lemon tea in the evenings is also a nice way to unwind.

PCKELL

3/15/2008 4:23:08 PM

I find that after having a few drinks once or twice a week my body feels bloated and untoned the day after..decided to give it a miss for the next week and see what happens

WILLBOYWONDER

3/10/2008 1:42:36 PM

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Great article. I found that alcohol was a terrible barrier to my weight loss goals. The problem was not just the calories in the alcohol. But when I drank (yes, I gave it up for the sake of my waist line), my inhibitions were affected and I was not as careful about the foods Id eat and I found myself snacking on unhealthy things. For me, when I drink, certain snacks go hand in hand, usually unhealthy snacks.

When I stopped drinking alcohol my weight loss was jump started.

EDWARDS52

2/24/2008 5:12:33 PM

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I've been trying to figure out why the scales haven't moved in the last couple of weeks. I lost 15 pounds with calorie reduction and exercise but continued to have a couple or three beers each evening. Reading this article makes me now understand what's happening. We can't always have our cake and eat it too. I was sacrificing essential nutrients for the sake of a few beers. I was staying right at the top of my calorie intake while working out at least every other day and the weight quit coming off. I couldn't figure out what was happening until reading this article. I will re-post in two weeks without alcohol consumption and will hopefully have a better report. This information should be at the forefront of every diet plan as one begins it. Maybe everyone else knew this, but it was new to me.

LOVE2COOK

2/15/2008 9:59:35 AM

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Great article!
Sometimes I'll fill a nice red wine glass with water-- it satisfies the social habit of having a wine glass in hand when talking with friends or cooking, and adds to my daily water count. (Then I can still have my one glass of wine with or after dinner!)

ROBINSON1818

2/15/2008 9:30:34 AM

GREAT ARTICLE, I DRINK A GLASS OF RED WINE A NIGHT SOMETIMES 2 BUT NOW I KNOW TO STOP AT ONE.

DARTHVADER2

2/2/2008 6:11:30 PM

Very useful information ..who knew?

LIZOTIS

2/2/2008 11:34:21 AM

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thanks for the information. i like a glass of wine now and then, and i never knew about the "dry wine" difference.

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