Alcohol reduction has certainly been a significant part of my weight loss. My main problem was belly fat. In two months, I have lost 18 pounds and have gone from 38 waist pants to 34. I was drinking sometimes 3 beers a night, but usually only on the weekends. However, this is still a lot of calories. I was probably drinking 400 calories a day. 400 x 7 is 2800 calories. that is .8 pounds a week. I still enjoy a few beers a week. Usually the few beers I drink are after a very good 3-4 mile run. I think it is important to treat ourselves.
Seems like my entire 20s, every Saturday night involved at least a 12-pack. You take those away and it's a half-pound of fat a week. I still enjoy a few, but only when I've earned the right to do so (i.e., I've been exercising)
I drank beer when I was out on layovers, and it packs the pounds on. A pint runs about 200 calories and I could/would drink a couple a night.
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I used to drink like that years ago, long before I started tracking weight and BF%. However, my weekly binges (which are really no longer weekly) have definitely had an effect on my weight and BF%. You could see it when plotted on a chart. Now that I've cut it out, it's definitely helped smooth things out.
I cut back significantly on alcohol (I used to routinely have a generous glass--or two--of bourbon or rye every evening and throw in a single malt a couple times a week)and lo and behold, my visceral fat and waist girth have decreased significantly. Of course, I'm working out 3 days a week and running twice a week, too. Nevertheless, I do believe getting rid of the copious amount of alcohol has contributed significantly to my "losses." Anyone else have a similar experience or opinion on this?
I still enjoy my single malts; about once every couple weeks on average.