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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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KELLYA126

8/22/2010 10:45:55 AM

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Thanks for this article, it has reconfirmed my need to limit my alcohol consumption. I have def. noticed at different periods in my life, when I have drank more than other periods, I have gained the most weight. When I limit my alcohol to only on the weekends, or just a couple drinks sporadically, instead of my nightly glass or two of wine, I lose weight.
Since beginning SparkPeople, I have also tracked my alcohol consumption (at times) and noticed when I limited myself to one glass of wine at night, I actually lost weight. I have slacked off and began having a couple glasses again lately and my weight loss has STOPPED!!! :(
I am going to get back to only one glass of wine (alcohol) per evening and actually have a few per week without any. I bet my weight loss will begin to pick up.
Like many people have commented, a little red wine is good for you, but even the doctors say for women one glass per day (4-5 oz wine) is the limit. Amounts greater than that and it loses it benefits. I def. want to maximize my benefits from everything that i consume and not continue to abuse/neglect my body, by having the nonchalant habits of my past.

COLLEENO21

7/5/2010 9:50:38 AM

Medical science has proven that the consumption of alcohol can be detramental to ones health. If alcohol was good for us, it would be sold beside milk in the supermarket! I am not opposed to comsumption of the suggested amt. and indulge myself. But I do know it sabatoges my weight loss and decreases my inhibitions! I'm not convinced that even one 5 oz glass of wine, the red kind, isn't having an negative effect on my liver...wait, the study will come out and we'll be 'screwed'. Anyone who disagrees with this article is looking for an excuse to drink...and my be indulging in more than the suggested limit. Moderation is the key and that is that!

SUSANDREW1

6/30/2010 9:15:02 AM

I understand the point of this article, but you are demonizing a beverage! Every time you make something evil, it creates a mindset that it is bad and that we are "bad" if we drink it. I have learned that everything is fine in moderation! If you choose not to drink for yourself congratulations and I am thrilled with you. But if you are choosing not to drink, because it is bad you will fail! As for me, my one 3 to 4 ounce glass of white wine with dinner or as an after dinner drink every once in a while will continue.

SUSANDREW1

6/30/2010 9:13:52 AM

I understand the point of this article, but you are demonizing a beverage! Every time you make something evil, it creates a mindset that it is bad and that we are "bad" if we drink it. I have learned that everything is fine in moderation! If you choose not to drink for yourself congratulations and I am thrilled with you. But if you are choosing not to drink, because it is bad you will fail! As for me, my one 3 to 4 ounce glass of white wine with dinner or as an after dinner drink every once in a while will continue.

BCLEMENT

6/23/2010 5:21:47 PM

The article paints a very black and white picture, alcohol being the demon, that is just not accurate. "The liver places all of its attention on the alcohol. Therefore, the carbohydrates (glucose) and dietary fats are just changed into body fat, waiting to be carried away for permanent fat storage in the body. " One drink of 100 Cal, for example, will NOT cause the other calories of your dinner to turn into fat. That's just asinine. True, heavy drinking is unacceptable any time, but a glass of wine with dinner a few times a week is not going to have the aforementioned effect. It if were true, I would be tens of pounds heavier. When the alcohol is metabolized, the liver then turns right back to digesting the rest of the food. If you ingest more calories than you expend, the excess goes into fat. Part of the problem with alcohol is that it breaks down inhibitions and normal appetite control, and may lead to more eating than one needs. Too bad Spark has to lean on black-white to make a point rather than trying to deal with the shades of gray that almost always represent a given situation.

No, I'm not a problem drinker. I typically have 3-4 glasses of wine a week, always with dinner. Yes, I cut back on that when dieting, but for the overall calories, nothing else. I like the flavor of the drink and the way it complements a meal, and helps me linger over the food instead of gulping it down. I think I recognize more readily when I'm full than when eating a meal without wine.

JULIEK2010

6/23/2010 1:12:58 PM

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I'm a fan of abstaining from alcohol altogether. Alcohol is poison to your body, and I assume we all here are trying to respect our bodies more. Any benefit alcohol supposedly brings is peripheral to the great damage it does to your brain, liver, kidneys, and so on.

GOLFCHICK2-0

6/23/2010 12:46:51 PM

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After being a bartender for 15 years, I can tell you that you really do have to seriously watch portions with alcohol. That long island iced tea in the article is typically WAY more than 8 oz. The beer that you get out at a restaurant/bar is more likely a pint (16 oz) than a 12 oz. If you are pouring at home, use a jigger. See how much you are truly pouring. I bet you'd be surprised that it's more than you thought, in a bigger glass, with even more mixer.

While there are some benefits, do they outweigh the problems? Each person has a different reactions to alcohol. Each culture has different ideas and ideals of alcohols purpose. Just like most everything we do, too much is a BAD thing. Worse for some than others, but not having any won't harm you at all!

LEX6819

6/23/2010 9:26:55 AM

Most articles citing health benefits of alcohol consumption fail to point out that many of those benefits can be more easily acquired in other ways. If consuming alcohol moderately cuts risk of heart disease or diabetes - so does eating a mostly vegetarian diet and cutting out red meat (for heart disease), and consuming more brown rice (for diabetes).

The fact remains that if you consume alcohol with food, or you already have food in your system - and I quote the article - "The alcohol then arrives at the liver for processing. The liver places all of its attention on the alcohol. Therefore, the carbohydrates (glucose) and dietary fats are just changed into body fat, waiting to be carried away for permanent fat storage in the body..."

Reread that last statement: PERMANENT FAT STORAGE.

So ... STOP BASHING TEETOTALERS. It smacks of corporate ASTROTURFING -- does someone in the wine and alcoholic beverage industry pay commenters to post info about the health benefits of alcohol?? Oh, I totally think so....

PHILFAN1

6/23/2010 8:54:28 AM

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I don't care what anyone says, alcohol is a toxin in the body. Along with an eating problem, I had an alcohol issue also. I quit drinking 8 months ago cold turkey. I used food and alcohol as a way to numb the pain I was feeling. Now that I've completely changed my lifestyle and quit abusing alcohol, I found out that I'm a lot stronger than I gave myself credit for. Once you don't have the "crutch" you used to use, you learn to stand on your own two feet. It's very empowering to be able to rely on your own inner strength.

SSTEPH85

6/23/2010 7:33:55 AM

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This was VERY helpful....especially that chart! I'm thinking twice about having drinks unless unless I plan on running like a maniac the next day.

GENKIDESU

6/8/2010 7:25:43 PM

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I have personally not found an evening glass of wine to be detrimental to my weight level at all. Obviously "a glass" does not equal "a large tumbler".

MWILLMOTH

4/9/2010 9:28:51 AM

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This article rings true to me! The weather got nice and started sitting out on the patio with my boyfriend at night cooking out and having a few drinks! I have gained 7 pounds! AHHHHHHH Thisarticle is just what I needed to read:)

MLG511

2/2/2010 10:26:48 AM

Reducing my alcohol intake has been a positive with my weight loss. At first I recieved a lot of slack from my friends but as the pounds have dropped some are following in reducing their alcohol intake as well!

CHARST46

12/21/2009 1:12:38 AM

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Interesting article; but more recent research is beginning to dispute several 'facts' regarding alcohol. Drinking in moderation, moderation being no more than 1 drink for a woman and 2 drinks for men a day period and no more than that, conveys good benefits. A drink is essentially a 12 oz beer, a 5 oz glass of wine, and 1.5 oz of liquor. Moderate drinkers live longer, have healthier hearts, a significantly reduced chance of developing dementia's, women who consume approximately 1 drink per day had 60% chance of NOT developing diabetes and the list goes on. This data runs counter to the prevailing conventional wisdom which simply says alcohol, any alcohol, in any quantity is bad for you. As an example, red wine, in particular Pinot Noir, is, in moderation as in 1-2 glasses, carries good qualities. It clearly protects the heart and for years, the 'French Paradox' has confounded the accepted wisdom.

A lot of the opposition to alcohol in any form comes from the damage that is created by those who cannot simply drink only 1 - 2 drinks per day. MADD has done excellent work in bringing to national attention the damage done by excessive drinking. AA has done excellent work in helping those who cannot for what ever reason control their drinking. These organizations have worked hard to bring to everyone's awareness how we as a culture, have simply overlooked the damage done by excessive drinking. These organizations (MADD is in the forefront of this good work) have shown how we have long ignored the elephant in the middle of the room.

However, as in many things, the truth lies in the middle: abstintion brings its own dangers as does excessive drinking.

The recent research now involves studies using large numbers of people, numbers in excess of 10,000 and from all groups or significantly diverse groups for example. Previous studies used small groups (generally less than 100), used specific groups (college students or individuals who already had health problems for example). This actually means that any conclusions to be drawn from them could really only be applied to those specific individuals studied.

That is a problem with articles like this one: conclusions are stated with out citing sources for others to track down the truth. The conventional wisdom is so engrained that data which does not support our preconcieved beliefs is overlooked. One of the greatest benefits that Spark People brings is getting people to track what they do, alter behavior based on accurate data and make positive changes based on accurate information regarding their own unique situation.


Here are several sources for tracking down more accurate data:

Prentice, A. M. Alcohol and obesity. International Journal of Obesity, 1995, 19(Suppl. 5), S44-S50.

Tanner, L. Light to moderate drinking cuts diabetes risk in women, too. Associated Press, 6-10-03; National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

Sesso, H.D., et al. Seven -year changes in alcohol consumption and subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease in men. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001, 160, 2505-2612.

http://www.medicinenet.com/alcohol_and_n
utrition/article.htm; Betty Kovacs, MD, RD.

LEVI1974

12/20/2009 4:53:57 PM

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Hey all i am abit confused because i tend to lose more weight when i drink..(Brandy & coke/cola) and i am sure i am not imagining it? i have checked my fat loss and on many occassions it has reduced with minimal exercise...whats the explanation, anyone????

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