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Alcohol and Weight Loss

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  • It's been proven that the color of the beer is not indicative of the amount of calories you are consuming in beer. Not all dark beers have more calories than light. Guinness is a dark beer is often an example of a dark beer with fewer calories than other lighter colored (craft) beers.

    The article is right, however, in that I never lose weight while drinking. A week and a half ago, I managed to go to a festival in which I drank about five beers, and managed to maintain my weight.... mostly because I didn't eat any extra food that day. All my meals were at different times, but I didn't consumer anymore than usual. That was a huge triumph for me. :)
  • I agree with ELBALL - there should have been better advice, not just "don't drink," LOL! I am not for anyone overindulging, and I completely agree that's not healthy. However, the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption are there; I grew up that way (in a European household, where beer, wine and occasional liquor are normal and, in the family home, consumed in moderation - not demonized as often happens in "politically correct" America), and I never stopped drinking as I lost 40 lbs. over about a one-year period (starting in Dec. 2010) and have kept it off (yes, while drinking) ever since. Just like the "cut carbs" craze, it's not about alcohol - good health and sustainable weight loss are about BALANCE and getting into healthy routines. Find what works for you!
  • Entertained at the comments. Lol @ all the people butt hurt about drinking. I'm from wisconsin... here drinking is more like a profession than a casual passtime, and going to any sporting event means you'll be looking at a crowd dominated by beer bellys.

    Don't get me wrong... I drink plenty, but don't kid yourselves people, it's not a healthy habit (save the 1 glass of redwine speach, get your antioxidents from green tea...)
    Eh, I wasn't too impressed by this article. Pretty unbiased in favor of not drinking. And yeah, if you're drinking multiple drinks every day - you're gonna have a bad diet time. But how about some support for someone looking to slip in a drink on occasion in a healthy manner?

    There are other ways to "save" up calories for alcohol besides skipping entire meals, too. This article assumes quite a lot about the habits of the hypothetical drinking dieter.
  • Great news ...all the major companies are now coming out with sugar free mixers and cocktail mixes . I mean sugar is the enemy here...Of course I am speaking for the general public who do not have an addiction to alcohol.

    i think the writer of this article assumes his readers have no self control. yes indeed, some people have very little self awareness and cannot functionally drink at all. yes...some people self sabotage themselves when drinking... but what the f*#$@...i drink 6 weighed ounces of liquor a night which take up about 450 cals for me of my 1200 cal diet, i have not once over drank, i have not felt sick, i work out every single GD day for a minimum cal loss of 475 (1000+ on a good day) and eat one single large meal per day afterwards...i'm healthy...happy, and not in any form of "starvation mode" and in fact very fit. there are a ton of myths surrounding dieting...most of which assume all of you are idiots who lack educational resources and discipline. as with anything that involves health...there are tons of bureaucratic BS "insurance" factors being spread around. i'll lay it out simply for you. IF YOU LOSE SELF CONTROL DRINKING: DO NOT DRINK. THE IMPLICATIONS ARE MUCH DEEPER THAN ALCOHOL IF THIS IS THE CASE....... everyone else: enjoy yourselves
    A very good article! Unbiased and full of useful information. It is best to abstain from drinking, for those who can, as numerous reports over the years have shown the healthy advantages of not drinking, not to mention the fact that non-drinkers don't have to worry about beer bellies. :) But for those who must, please just remember to do so in moderation, especially if you're going to get behind the wheel. I'll share this article with my friends.
    I'm not a daily drinker, but I have a high tolerance. Maybe a couple days out of the month I'll get myself nicely buzzed on a Saturday night (it takes about 2-3 servings per hour to get me there, and 1 every hour after to maintain).

    Yes, I know it is a grotesque amount of calories I consume... Especially when I go for my dark beers. Usually it's tequila shots or rum and diet soda. I drink water in between and keep fresh veggies on hand in case I want to munch. I plan my "drunk days" a week in advance, and over the course of the week, I eat at the bottom of my calorie range and squeeze in some extra exercise to make room for the alcohol.

    I'm happy to report I haven't had a hangover from this, nor do I have any health problems as a result. I'm consistently losing about 1.8 lbs. per week, too, so it obviously hasn't hurt my weight loss efforts.

    Just my $0.02 worth... Your mileage may vary.
  • Thanks for sharing this today. Great info. Saved me from doing a SparkSearch for this info.
  • Ooops! I mean Liz! Not Becky!
  • You know, looking at some of the comments I can see that this article was needed for a lot of people!
    Thanks for writing it, Becky!
  • I have realized lately that I have been consuming too many red wine calories. I have been super stressed so eating more and drinking more! I am ready to really be careful now though, I am hoping to find a job soon and would like to fit in my clothes!
    This article was great, good info and not judgemental at all.
  • JAY75REY
    This article is factual and not judgmental. We all can figure out if having a drink is within our calorie and eating plan, and if we are sabotaging our weight loss efforts by drinking too frequently. The article doesn't go into moralistic issues nor does it deal with the addiction/alcoholism which are separate topics altogether.

    I grew up in an alcoholic family, and grew to have a huge aversion to alcohol, though not a total abstinence. That said, I know that I am not a potential alcoholic because when I have a drink, I never experience an urge to continue on; one is always enough. Of course, I transferred all my issues into FOOD to cope, so now I'm untangling it all. It's a lifetime of work.

    I am married now to a recovering alcoholic (of COURSE) who struggles with every opportunity to drink. Each time a beer is offered to him by some well-meaning person, it's a moment to go completely off the wagon again, and I hate seeing him drunk. So I have chosen not to drink, only so that I don't present yet another opportunity for him to justify drinking again, and so I can stand with him fully in sobriety.

    I wish my issues with alcohol weren't so complicated, otherwise I'd probably love to have a glass of wine or a beer once or twice a week. Doesn't work for me right now.
  • I have actually done the trading drinking for dinner thing. I figure it is a wash calorie wise. Lucky for me, I have a very low tolerance for alcohol so I can't have a whole lot. I saved this in my favorites, excellent writing & info.
    First comment -- If a serving of wine is 5 oz, why does the SP Nutrition Tracker list a glass of wine as 3.5 oz. Maybe that should be updated to reflect what an actual serving is instead of 3/4 of serving.

    Second comment -- This article was great at telling people why they shouldn't drink. There have been multiple studies showing the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, which the article pointed out at the beginning before it went on to demonize alcohol. However, your article then stresses abstaining from alcohol, even though studies have shown that people who abstain from alcohol live shorter lives than those that drink in moderation. Recommending abstinence is impractical, and it's bad advice based on the scientific evidence.

    Third comment -- I would have appreciated more tips on how to incorporate an occasional drink into my diet. Yes, I know it's best to mix hard liquor with diet or club soda instead of mixers; mixers are full of empty calories. When would be the best time to have a drink? I can't drink before I eat, because your article says I'll overindulge. I can't drink while I'm eating or digesting food, because your article says that the carbs and fat will get transformed into fat. So when can I have a drink?

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