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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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  • 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
  • LEX6819
    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.... - 6/23/2010 9:26:55 AM
  • 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. - 6/23/2010 8:54:28 AM
  • 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. - 6/23/2010 7:33:55 AM
  • 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". - 6/8/2010 7:25:43 PM
  • 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:) - 4/9/2010 9:28:51 AM

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