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 I’d 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.
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.
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!)
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.
Thank you sooo much for this article. A member of my family is on a weight loss mission like myself, but is clueless about nutrition and even more clueless about the +'s & -"s of alchohol and he LOVES his wine. I will definitely be passing this email along to him.
1/26/2008 10:02:03 PM
Very useful article. I enjoy a rum and diet ; but I think I will forego that for a while since I have started this journey.
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