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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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  • 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 neighbors...it will be hard but I know what I need to do....wish me luck - 4/10/2008 1:09:56 PM
  • RUTHIEDES
    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 - 4/10/2008 10:19:04 AM
  • MARI.B
    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! - 4/2/2008 3:15:47 PM
  • 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. - 4/2/2008 8:31:57 AM
  • SIMONE_7
    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. :) - 3/30/2008 9:54:08 AM
  • 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. - 3/17/2008 11:09:57 PM
  • PCKELL
    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 - 3/15/2008 4:23:08 PM
  • 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.
    - 3/10/2008 1:42:36 PM
  • 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. - 2/24/2008 5:12:33 PM
  • 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 9:59:35 AM

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