Great article! I don't drink very often, though I do enjoy alcoholic beverages and the socializing that goes along with it. I'll defnitely be remembering this article next time I go out and party with friends.
5/4/2008 9:56:26 AM
Thank you for giving such a clear explanation of how alcohol is metabolized. This is the first thing I have read that goes beyond the "empty calorie" warning. After reading this, I have a clear resolution to limit myself to one glass of red wine each day. I'll still have the occasional mixed drink or brandy but with the clear understanding of how that will impact my weight loss. Knowledge is power.
I have come to a standstill in my weight loss and I know it is the red wine I currently have to glasses a night and now I am going to drop that down to one glass a night so hopefully I can get the scale moving down again.
I do like to drink, and of course, it would be the ones high in calories - dark beer, long islands, and margaritas! Back in the day, I thought I balanced the drinking all night with dancing all night. Now unfortunately I just sit and drink and try to remember to throw in some water - dehydrate then rehydrate. :-)
I don't drink very often, and when I do I usually have only one or two (I'm usually the DD). Well that often changes when we camp in the summer - nowhere to go and not much to do but drink. I like Smirnoff and similar types of sweet drinks, which aren't listed, but I'm going to guess push the 200 cal mark. Plus, of course, I tend to drink more around the campfire. So I'm already planning my attack - I love strawberry daiquiris, so I will simply leave out the rum and have a few smoothies. I can make a smoothie for less than half the calories. Also, i will stock up on my favorite diet pops and SF Red Bull (for those nights when everyone is still awake at 3am - I have a tendency to fall asleep by the fire). If I can have stuff available that I like even better than alcohol, I won't be missing a thing!
Great information and motivation to give up my wine! My problem will be following through though. I wonder if there is a message board for this? Does anyone else struggle with giving up alcohol (socially, not physically!) I know I will - it is such a social thing for me but as far as I can tell it is the biggest roadblock to sticking with any kind of healthy resolutions. I'd love to hear from people who have cut out alcohol and noticed a difference in their weight loss for that alone!
I truly think this may be why I am not losing weight, I have been eating healthy and excersising then I go home and have a few drinks with my neighbors...it will be hard but I know what I need to do....wish me luck
4/10/2008 10:19:04 AM
I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT, I HAVE CUT OUT ALL STARCHES SO IT IS JUST VEGIES AND CHICK OR FISH, BUT I STILL LOVE MY JACK DANIELS. AFTER READING THE ARTICLE I AM GOING TO CUT THAT OUT, WHICH WILL BE HARD BECAUSE OF FRIENDS, BUT OH WELL. WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT 1 WEEK WITHOUT DOES. I AM SURE MY LIVER WILL LOVE ME
4/2/2008 3:15:47 PM
Wonderful Article! Although I knew diet and alcohol isn't encouraged, I didn't know why. Since my weight loss is completely at a stand still, this information gave me the incentive I needed to give up my much loved wine. Thank you!
Great info! I was floored when I first discovered how much was in a typical mixed or fruity summer drink. Now I stick to beer when I go out and try to only have one or two.
3/30/2008 9:54:08 AM
I did not normally drink wine but there was so much being said out there about how a single serving a day would help your heart that I started to try to have a glass daily but it seems like that line is so fine between being helpful & hurtful. This article helped me especially with the information about how alcohol is metabolized. Now I'll have light 100% grape fruit juice in my wine glass and save the vino for special occasions. :)
Let's suppose, for argument's sake, I drink 4 or 5 bottles of wine per week. If I cut out three of them per week (approx 5 5-oz servings @ 100 cals/glass), that's 1500 calories! It's not difficult to consume that amount -- it should not be that difficult to forgo them if that means such a big weight-loss incentive. Not drinking at all would be ideal. I know I sleep better and feel better when i'm not drinking at all. But sometimes it is too tempting to kick back at home with friends and let the vino flow. However, I find that drinking non-caffienated lemon tea in the evenings is also a nice way to unwind.
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