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So THAT'S why alcohol is bad for weight loss...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

On the 6th, last Friday, one of our friends was having a birthday party. The only times I drink alcohol is New Year's, birthdays, and weddings. Other than that, I have no reason to. So for my friend's party I bought a bottle of my favorite drink, Hpnotiq (the blue one) that also came with a sampler of the purple one, and a six pack of Mike's hard limeade. All I drank that night was the little sampler, and about 1 cup of Hpnotiq mixed with a bottle of Mike's hard limeade and half a can of 7up. Before drinking, I weighed about 155-156.

Remember how one of my goals this month is to drink more water? Last week was successful, except for Saturday and Sunday. I did not drink enough water on those days. I also remember feeling bloated on Saturday and all my joints were swollen on Sunday.

When I weighed myself again on Monday, the scale showed 165. How does a person gain 10 pounds within a few days? Alcohol. Tuesday the scale showed 162, Wednesday was 162.8, and now today showed 159.8. Yup, definitely alcohol. I did eat like crap one day last week, but I know I didn't eat enough calories to gain 10 pounds lol

So lesson learned, and hopefully this will help other people out as well.
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  • ADZY86
    On the rare occasions I drink these days, I try and stick with gin and slimline tonic, or a small glass of champagne. I can't drink the alcopops or even anymore! Far too many carbs and I feel ridiculously bloated the next day.
    I am still also trying to look up the science on alcohol and how it is metabolized. Fingers crossed we find some information. (This is me in full geek-mode...I gotta know the science lol)
    2261 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Alcohol is not metabolized like food at all.

    I drink light, low carb beer, and it's not the calories or the carbs that have me stalled, it's the way it makes my body work. I'm still not clear why it raises blood sugar and makes you gain, but it sure does!
    2261 days ago
  • SPIRITMAMMARN
    I really like some of the light beers or I'll buy bacardi and diet coke. That keeps the calories down but does nothing for water retention. Takes me days after to get all the water off.
    2261 days ago
  • WINTERHARTT
    Alcohol actually makes you retain water...and a lot of it. Plus there are a lot of hidden calories in those drinks. There are reasons why the manufacturers don't put the calories on most of those bottles! I never can find the nutritional values on line either!! On my plan I'm allowed an occasional 4oz glass of wine with dinner but only occasionally. I just don't bother because the scale always goes up a couple pounds after!

    To help feel better try drinking some ginger tea and add lemon to your water. Both will help flush it out of your system. Also working up a good sweat helps.

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    2262 days ago
  • DARKMOON1025
    Makes sense why in my plan I can't have ANY lol thanks for the heads up!
    2263 days ago
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