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.
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:)
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!
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.
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????
My consumption of alcohol caused a lot of my weight gain over the past several years. In the past year however I've dropped everything I gained since early 2006 -- and I did it while still drinking more alcohol than I should. Not bragging, not endorsing, but like anything else, if you account for the calories, get plenty of water and sleep and a decent amount of exercise (I lost 50 pounds without doing much more than walking my dog every day) alcohol, and avoid drinking almost any other calories, while not a boon to weight loss, isn't a showstopper either. I tend to stick with scotch, straight up.
9/14/2009 4:27:15 PM
While alcohol is the exact reason why I put on a ridiculous amount of weight, I still think it's important to remember that if you remove alcohol entirely, especially if you want it, it will only add to failure.
I drink a glass of beer maybe once a week. I don't see a problem with that. It's certainly better than the three or four I would have a night (college sure was fun).
I like this list and its explanation, but I disagree with the tone that alcohol should be dropped entirely. That's just begging for someone to binge.
We lived in Fl where no drinks are cold enough. My husband and I pour a lite beer over a glass of ice cubes and in the normal time it takes to drink it, it does not get watery. So every now and then we split a beer... admit it... a nice cold one now and then is great....and that is the end of it. No need to have more. A little taste is all we wanted.
wine vs. cola - wine wins, just because it's made from a fruit and has antioxidants. It does the body good - hahaha. Colas add nothing but calories. I've done experiments to disprove the corrosiveness of colas - ok, it isn't good for you, but it won't dissolve a penny or a steak. COLAS WON'T HURT YOU...they just don't do anything for you either. No, adding water doesn't help alcohol effects on the liver. And no - how could it lessen calories? You drink em, you own em. Drinking water while drinking wine or other alcohol can lessen the dehydrating effects of alcohol, and maybe help prevent headaches (sometimes called hangovers!) that are primarily the result of dehydration. Hope that helps.
Can someone tell me what is the difference calorie wise and health wise against drinking wine as opposed to Coca Cola. When you see what is in Coca Cola and you see what it can do to a dirty penny, I cant believe that it is not worse than wine. Also if you drink water at the same time, does that neutralise down the effect that the wine is having on the liver and the calories?
6/22/2009 8:50:06 AM
this is my biggest downfall - every night - so not good for my health. Two autistic kids (well three) but twins at home. By 6 o'clock I've had it and hence unwind for a while with wine. But this has become such a habit and have little enjoyment out of it now. Time to stop - won't be easy but will try.
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