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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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  • This is very timely - my weight loss has stalled and if anything I have put back a few pounds over the last couple of months. When I analyze my calories - a large proportion come from alcohol (even though I am under or within my daily allowance), especially since we have entered BBQ season and we are socialising more and more. For me, I have to find healthier ways to socialise and cut out the wine if I want to keep on track for my health and weight goals - 6/23/2011 3:45:53 AM
  • This article seems to be saying that there is only a limited amount of processing space in your liver....wow.... I did not know that. Always knew about the 'empty calories' in alcohol, but not that my body would process it first before anything else. Seeing as I've drunk a lot (I mean a lot) of alcohol since I was a teenager, it's only a surprise that I'm not bigger! - 6/7/2011 10:21:58 PM
  • Just like anything else, drinking too much will cause you to gain weight. Just like I am not going to say "I will never eat chocolate (or cake, candy, ice cream, etc.) again", I am not going to say "I will never drink again". Cutting out things you enjoy takes all of the fun out of life, and I refuse to live that way.

    That said, portion control is EXTREMELY important when it comes to alcohol. Most of my wine glasses hold WAY more than the serving size SparkPeople indicates as a "glass" (I believe it is 3 or 4 ounces). So if you're in the habit of filling the wine glass, next time you do so, pour the glass into a measuring cup, it may surprise you. I found out my typical 2 glasses is more like 10-12 ounces, depending on the glass. - 5/4/2011 12:18:37 PM
  • After drinking pretty much every day for the past 35 years (from the legal age of 18 WAY BACK WHEN until my current age of 53) I was afraid I was an alcoholic. Since the beginning of the year I have cut way back on my alcohol consumption, going a week or so at a time without a drop. That was very encouraging - and motivating! It proves that I CAN DO IT!
    Additionally, tracking my weight against my alcohol consumption shows implicitly that not drinking is a huge factor in losing weight. This article confirms that. Thanks Sparksters! - 1/31/2011 12:36:02 PM
  • A wonderful reminder... I am printing this and putting it in my kitchen.... - 11/15/2010 1:18:32 PM
  • Even more important topic with the recent hospitalization (near alcohol poisoning deaths) of many underage kids who were drinking the alcohol and caffeine combos packaged to resemble sports/energy drinks. "Four Loko" or something similar is a big culprit - the drinks contain as much alcohol as 4 beers (!) and the caffeine does NOT make one more alert or aware of the diminished capacity induced by intoxication. VERY DANGEROUS!!! - 10/29/2010 11:50:14 AM
  • This was SO well written! Thanks!
    I love the education aspect of it. A fact, followed by an explanation. It will help those making decisions about their alcohol use aware, and be able to remember the reasons for making choices in the future.
    And the chart at the bottom simply re-enforces the fact that we can select whether the calorie count is worth it.
    Well done, keep up the good work! - 10/29/2010 11:45:50 AM
  • Never have had a drink and never will. My aunt always says that a glass of redwine is okay once in a while, but I don't buy into that. To each his or her own. I always say if I drank i would be a drunk (mostly due to my kids and extended family driving me crazy). I don't even like to be around family members who have a little too much at Christmas. - 8/22/2010 6:41:39 PM
  • 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. - 8/22/2010 10:45:55 AM
  • COLLEENO21
    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! - 7/5/2010 9:50:38 AM
  • SUSANDREW1
    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. - 6/30/2010 9:15:02 AM
  • SUSANDREW1
    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. - 6/30/2010 9:13:52 AM
  • BCLEMENT
    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. - 6/23/2010 5:21:47 PM
  • 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. - 6/23/2010 1:12:58 PM
  • 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! - 6/23/2010 12:46:51 PM

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