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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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  • It is fantastic that we all come from the same mindset. I used to social drink a lot with my office staff. Until one night in a limo I almost messed in my pants. That is when I promised myself no more drinking for me. - 10/1/2013 5:38:12 AM
  • Alcohol mixed with diet soda enters the bloodstream faster than alcohol mixed with regular soda. - 8/16/2013 10:32:37 AM
  • There are lots of big downsides to unemployment, but one positive thing for me is that I no longer drink alcoholic beverages. There was immense peer pressure for the Friday bar trip at my work, and I feel so much better now without having to deal with alcohol. Our job was high-pressure, so people looked forward to Fridays as a chance to wind down, relax, and drown their sorrows. - 8/9/2013 7:45:02 AM
  • This article forgets one important thing. You may be too hungover the next day to exercise. Even if you do make it to the gym, your workout will be sluggish, thus burning less calories. - 7/23/2013 6:18:16 PM
  • FOXYMARS25
    Before I started to lose weight, I would drink wine pretty much every day, at least one glass with dinner. When I started to lose weight in April of 2012, I decided to elimate drinking during the week and I only allow myself to drink on the weekends. I now drink on Friday nights, Saturday nights, and most Sunday nights. It can be anywhere from just one glass to more than one bottle of wine (depending on how I feel and if I go out to dinner with my best friend, etc). So, I still drink plenty on weekends and I have lost over 60 pounds so far. I will never, ever give up drinking and I have proven, at least to myself, that I do not have to. As long as I watch my calories and I workout 5 days a week, I can have alcohol. - 7/18/2013 3:41:04 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. I do not drink so now I won't begin. - 7/18/2013 7:15:55 AM
  • IPHIGENIE
    This is a reply to GKASHMIRA re: citations. On the Livestrong website they also discuss this, and these citations were given:
    MayoClinic.com; Slow Metabolism: Is It to Blame for Weight Gain?; Donald Hensrud, M.D.; Aug. 27, 2009
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Relationships Between Nutrition, Alcohol Use, and Liver Disease; Charles S. Lieber, M.D., M.A.C.P.
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Alcohol Alert
    MayoClinic.com: Alcoholism
    MayoClinic.com: Metabolic Syndrome

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/411026-d
    oes-alcohol-slow-metabolism/#ixzz2ZEUD
    hS9K - 7/16/2013 2:05:53 PM
  • BROADBENT_WINES
    Though I did find this article interesting, I also found it a bit alarmist and misleading.

    For instance, saying “Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram and offers NO nutritional value”, needs to be qualified. It may be true enough for pure alcohol but nobody drinks pure alcohol. There is amazing nutritional value in wine, of which only 7% -16% is alcohol, depending on the wine.

    Many alcoholic drinks, especially beer and wine, have enormous nutritional value and a ton more nutritional value than water. Wine is a healthy nutritional drink, cola is not!

    It was interesting to see that of all alcoholic beverages listed, wine had the fewest calories. That makes a lot of sense.

    Bartholomew Broadbent - 7/16/2013 12:12:22 PM
  • I drink only one beer a day. It's regular beer, not light because the 20 calories from the beer I drink is not worth sacrificing taste. I drink plenty of water/unsweetened herbal tea throughout the day to flush out anything from that one beer, consumed mid afternoon. I don't eat with my beer, but I do sip it and then chase it down with 16 oz of water in time for supper. It's helped me with my weight loss as I feel a little full when I finish it so I take less for supper. - 7/16/2013 10:26:16 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    Alcohol increased my appetite and lowered my inhibitions, so I used to binge-eat when I drank. I'm so glad I gave it up; it's also a contributor to breast cancer risk. I'd rather try to get some of those antioxidants via wild blueberries and other berries - I think they're far healthier, and I don't want to regain the 70+ pounds I lost when I gave up alcohol. - 7/16/2013 8:39:12 AM
  • I don't disagree that drinking alcohol can inhibit weight loss, but to say there are NO nutritional benefits is clearly false. What about the studies showing that moderate drinking (1Xday) is beneficial to heart health? or the positive effects of moderate alcohol drinking on cholesterol or diabetes? The article was very one-sided, so any conclusions were hard to take seriously. - 7/16/2013 1:30:51 AM
  • JSMITHBB
    Great Article!! most of us have mislabeled Alcohol and Weight loss are 2 contradicting scenario, BUT not all the time!! There are Now proven studies that shows these 2 are actually can work together with some techniques applied. See it here!!! http://www.beerandbody.com/ - 6/29/2013 1:56:47 PM
  • I'll drink to that! - 4/21/2013 1:59:35 PM
  • MICHELEBL1
    I actually have the opposite problem. I have lost 22 lbs since January 1, 2013 while drinking a few glasses of wine a night. I know that drinking will slowdown weight loss and has other side effects therefore I decided to quit drinking three weeks ago. Since then I have only lost 1 lb and my weight loss has slowed down. I am looking for a possible explanation and possible solution I might try. I don't want to start drinking again and I have not changed my diet plan outside of not drinking. Can anyone help me? - 4/3/2013 4:02:19 PM
  • Lots of good reasons to quit drinking - 3/20/2013 9:19:58 AM

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