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!
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!
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 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
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!
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.
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. :)
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.
3/15/2008 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
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.
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