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HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
6/5/12 5:17 P

@KFWOHLFORD - Yes, I quit 4 years ago for about a year, then started up again, now quit again. This time, however, I don't have a good gym nearby like I did before, but am exercising at least 60-90 minutes 5-6 days per week and do not eat over 1200 calories per day. No sugary drinks, no candy, etc. Granted, I am 46 now, and suspect that metabolism, perimenopause are other factors, but I thought that by quitting alcohol, I would at least have a bit more of a head start. I guess I'll just have to keep doing what I am doing and hope my system levels out.

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6/5/12 4:20 P

I'm not sure why you think it's a problem now that you gave up alcohol, if you gave it up 4 years ago and didn't notice a difference in weight then. If you're gaining weight now it's probably unrelated to the alcohol.

Unless what you mean is that you gave it up then,. started drinking again, and now you are giving it up again. That would make more sense. Is that what's going on?

Edited by: KFWOHLFORD at: 6/5/2012 (16:21)
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6/5/12 2:13 P

I have lost after giving up the alcohol. But, I have increased my exercising

Edited by: PHENOMENALWOMAN at: 6/5/2012 (14:14)
HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
6/4/12 7:49 P

Thank you all for the support; I do eat healthy, always have (I eat 'clean') but the amount I was drinking most likely overshadowed any efforts to eat healthy and drink my water. My body is probably just freaking out because it's not used to no alcohol to play with. Miraculously, I was down 3 pounds this morning - gee, how did that happen? My body is just goofed up, and the best is yet to come!

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6/4/12 6:12 P

You're gaining weight because your body is clinging to every last calorie you consume, because it's scared that it won't get enough nutrients. Alcohol is one of the most calorie-dense, nutritionally-void substances in existence. It's great that you've cut it out- now replace it with a healthy, appropriate diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources (including dairy). Once you find balance, and give your body enough fuel, it will start to look fantastic!

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6/4/12 4:29 P

you need more calories for sure and try and make sure your hitting your micronutrients (protein, fat, carbs)
When I first gave it up I found myself eating a lot more sweets to replace that sugar ...once I stopped doing that I dropped weight
Also be sure you are getting enough water to flush your system, it takes a little extra when I drink

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HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
6/3/12 3:26 P

You are probably right about me not getting enough calories. I struggle to make it to 1200 calories per day, more like 980-1100 on a good day. So, no, I am not taking in too many calories and I track each morsel I eat. I'll keep doing what I am doing and try to add more protein, which is another downfall for me, and see what happens. Thanks for your post and help! emoticon

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6/3/12 1:28 P

No, no, & Heck No! I LOST weight after giving up empty-calorie booze. Of course, I was also restricting my calories & making sure I didn't substitute extra food in place of the alcohol!

I suspect you're eating too many calories--so try tracking religiously for a couple weeks. You'll get a better handle on what's really going in versus what's being burned.

And never forget--EXERCISE! Daily Exercise is a magic bullet--it makes weight loss faster & life WAY more fantastic! Can't live without it. :) Try it--you'll see!

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6/3/12 12:26 P

What's your daily caloric intake? I am wondering if you are actually eating enough each day, especially considering it sounds like you are pretty active. If you're not eating enough that could also contribute to weight gain.

I (mostly) gave up alcohol and if anything, that has helped me lose weight. I went to a birthday party last weekend and decided to let myself drink and I can guarantee that caused me to gain a little weight back. I would be surprised to find out if abstaining from alcohol actually has led to weight gain for you... I just am not sure how that would happen.

HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
6/3/12 11:16 A

Sure, I would love to share more, but didn't want to make such a long post that no one would read it.

No, I haven't replaced alcohol for a higher calorie beverage. I drink only ice water and carbonated water (like LaCroix) when I feel like it. I do drink a fair amount of herbal tea with Stevia.

I do eat sugar free Lifesavers, albeit, they have carbohydrates, but I am eating about 10 pieces per day = 90 calories at best.

I am exercising between 60-90 minutes per day, 5-6 days per week. I am taking a natural sleep aid, so I don't know if that is slowing down my metabolism or what.

I quit drinking about 4 years ago, and this wasn't a problem at all, now, it's so frustrating to step on the scale when I am doing everything right - I don't know what to think.

Thanks again.


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6/3/12 11:09 A


thre is really not enough information here to be helpful. Have you substituted something in place of alcohol (like desert)? Do you find yourself thinking about the drink and eating mindlessly? Did you drink several drinks each day (maybe a bit dehydrated and now you are holding a bit extra water because you are more hydrated?) Did you start drinkin a high calorie drink inplace of alcohol (like soda, hot cocoa, milkshakes, a root beer float, etc.)

If you are willing to share more, I bet someone could be a bit more helpful.


HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
6/3/12 10:57 A

Hi there,

I am frustrated. I gave up alcohol to lose weight but now find that I am gaining! I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this, and while all bodies are different, I am curious if you just accepted the weight gain or if your body finally leveled itself out? Please help! Thanks! :)

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