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Alcohol and Weight Loss

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  • Charts like these would be much more useful if they had carbohydrate content as well as calorie. For those of us who do drink and who are on high protein, low carb diets, such articles are really useless. While I acknowledge that Spark celebrates the calorie counter, you also have many Atkins, with all its variations, dieters as your fans. And I am sure there is a difference between a drink of Baileys, a port and a whisky.. - 3/14/2014 9:58:42 AM
  • I think this was an EXCELLENT article. I could not have said it better myself. THANK YOU for accurate information and making it very clear. Again - TERRIFIC article. - 3/14/2014 12:20:49 AM
    As informative as this article is, the tone is bothersome. Present throughout the article, this emerges most strongly with the following example.

    "Why not spend your calorie budget on something healthier?"
    My answer:
    Because it's my calorie budget and I'll spend it as I please.

    Taken to extremes, this example sentence can also incite unhealthy dieting practices. ("I can trade my cookies for cucumber slices," can become "I can just cut the cookies out altogether," leading to "I can skip a meal everyday, too..." You get the idea.) Additionally, it can render people feeling as though they ought to drop the "binge" items from a well-functioning budget despite that the item fits within the guidelines.

    On a different note, it was kind of the author to include the table of calories per type of drink.

    In conclusion, informative but the reading would be more pleasant if the article was not drenched in disgust.

    ~ Mythina - 2/26/2014 8:36:02 PM
  • Americans are hilarious. In my travels the thinnest people I ever saw were in Paris. They drink. In London, they drink. In every European city...they drink. Drinking has been found to increase your life expectancy (see the recent findings by University of Texas at Austin). It helps your heart. It is absolutely part of a healthy lifestyle.

    The fattest people I have ever known have been Americans who have sworn off of "booze" for religious reasons, and who then stuff their faces at church potlucks.

    Seriously, drinking won't hurt you. Stop worrying about it so much. - 1/19/2014 1:18:15 PM
  • Thanks to everyone for sharing. - 12/23/2013 5:56:13 AM
  • 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
    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
    This is a reply to GKASHMIRA re: citations. On the Livestrong website they also discuss this, and these citations were given:; 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 Alcoholism Metabolic Syndrome

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    hS9K - 7/16/2013 2:05:53 PM
    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
    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

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