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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can You Have Both?

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  • This was a really informative article which reminded me of a few things to be mindful of, particularly during the upcoming Christmas festivities! - 12/5/2015 2:41:10 AM
  • I thought this was an excellent article, full of good information. Drinking a glass of water after each drink really does help me slow down and it also keeps me more hydrated. Thank you for informing us about alcohol. I happen to love it, but also know that it does cause me to eat more & have had to learn my own limits. - 9/17/2015 7:59:11 PM
  • I would be very interested in the calories in mead. It is getting to be more and more common. We even went to a party that only had mead. - 9/17/2015 7:13:02 PM
  • While in the waiting room at a recent doctor's appointment I was reading one of the magazines in their waiting room (sorry but I don't remember which one) and read an article saying one to two glasses of red wine daily can actually help with weight loss. According to the article it blocks the conversion of sugar in your body and to insulin. Since my doctor has recommended I drink a glass of red wine in the evening I was happy to read that amount shouldn't have a negative effect on my weight loss efforts and actually might even help. - 9/17/2015 7:47:26 AM
  • JUSTICEJR
    Great article. I recently all but quit drinking 6 months ago, after seeing some pictures of me at a wedding on Facebook and realized how bloated and fat my face looked. I'm a 31 yo male lawyer, 50-60 hour work weeks, so had limited time to work out, but somehow found time to binge drink (12+ drinks) one weekend night a week and moderate (or my version of it) drink (4-5 drinks) a couple nights a week. I made a commitment to never have more than 2 drinks on a weekend night and cut out the drinking during the week all together. I'm down to zero-3 drinks a week, and it has completely changed my life. I was in great shape in college and law school, but my job slowly killed that. I now look forward to being hangover free on weekends so I have energy to work out, and look forward to going to the gym on weeknights instead of happy hour. I have gone from a gross 198lbs to 176 in 6 mos--cutting out the alcohol no doubt has helped. I also have more energy and motivation. And now when I do drink, 2 will give me a buzz so it saves money too! I'm 5'10 and my goal is get to 170 and stay there. College was fine--I binged multiple nights a week and it never affected my body and I managed to stay in shale but the past few years the pounds started packing on and when I finally noticed I decided it was enough.

    My Best weight loss - http://tinyurl.com/kwasmwu - 5/7/2015 5:59:41 AM
  • JUSTICEJR
    Great article. I recently all but quit drinking 6 months ago, after seeing some pictures of me at a wedding on Facebook and realized how bloated and fat my face looked. I'm a 31 yo male lawyer, 50-60 hour work weeks, so had limited time to work out, but somehow found time to binge drink (12+ drinks) one weekend night a week and moderate (or my version of it) drink (4-5 drinks) a couple nights a week. I made a commitment to never have more than 2 drinks on a weekend night and cut out the drinking during the week all together. I'm down to zero-3 drinks a week, and it has completely changed my life. I was in great shape in college and law school, but my job slowly killed that. I now look forward to being hangover free on weekends so I have energy to work out, and look forward to going to the gym on weeknights instead of happy hour. I have gone from a gross 198lbs to 176 in 6 mos--cutting out the alcohol no doubt has helped. I also have more energy and motivation. And now when I do drink, 2 will give me a buzz so it saves money too! I'm 5'10 and my goal is get to 170 and stay there. College was fine--I binged multiple nights a week and it never affected my body and I managed to stay in shale but the past few years the pounds started packing on and when I finally noticed I decided it was enough. - 5/7/2015 5:58:50 AM
  • CELLA_P
    Speaking just for myself, I've chosen to abstain completely from alcohol. Before losing 80 lbs., I had very high triglycerides, and losing weight normalized them. Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels, so for that reason alone, I'd never drink it. My second reason is the added risk of breast cancer.

    Resveratrol? I'll get my polyphenols courtesy plain ol' grapes 'n' wild blueberries instead... - 9/15/2014 2:08:25 PM
  • "Moderation in all things" would seem to apply here. I know that what the article says about alcohol lowering inhibitions and increasing cravings for fatty, salty food is true in my case. But, I also believe that having a glass of wine with dinner or in a social setting can greatly increase the pleasure of that experience. Like everything in life, there are risks and benefits associated with the choice to consume or not consume alcohol. My choice is to limit consumption during the week but to allow myself moderate amounts on the weekends. It "works" for me but everyone is different and must choose according to the specifics of their lives and personalities. - 5/28/2014 12:02:45 PM
  • So if a diabetic needs to count carbs and there are no carbs in certain liquors, vodka for instance, does that mean a diabetic does not have to worry about drinking, assuming he is not counting calories or eating munchies while drinking? - 3/15/2014 8:47:17 AM
  • A shot of 90 proof liquor (35ml) has only 72 calories, which is about 2 calories per gram, not 7. 200 proof alcohol, which nobody drinks, has 7 calories per gram. Drinking straight liquor is the lowest calorie value per serving of any of the drinks listed.

    That said, the article's implication that alcohol leads to unhealthy snacking is true, in my experience, for most people I observe. Alcohol does lower willpower and alter judgment. That said, I've never had a problem getting up and going to the gym the next day.

    Somebody else here mentioned thin Europeans who drink alcohol as evidence that alcohol is not bad for weight gain. Europeans also eat *much* smaller portions and exercise more regularly than Americans, often from the necessity of walking/biking everywhere. These are likely large factors in why the daily serving or two of wine/beer they drink with dinner doesn't make them fat. There are plenty of fat Europeans, too. Look up "bears in [city in europe]" and you'll find plenty! :)

    As far as the hangover affecting your workout: maybe you should not get so drunk as to have a hangover. One other feature common to European alcohol consumption: not drinking to get drunk. - 3/14/2014 10:34:15 AM
  • Charts like these would be much more useful if they had carbohydrate content as well as calorie. For those of us who do drink and who are on high protein, low carb diets, such articles are really useless. While I acknowledge that Spark celebrates the calorie counter, you also have many Atkins, with all its variations, dieters as your fans. And I am sure there is a difference between a drink of Baileys, a port and a whisky.. - 3/14/2014 9:58:42 AM
  • I think this was an EXCELLENT article. I could not have said it better myself. THANK YOU for accurate information and making it very clear. Again - TERRIFIC article. - 3/14/2014 12:20:49 AM
  • MYTHINA
    As informative as this article is, the tone is bothersome. Present throughout the article, this emerges most strongly with the following example.

    Example:
    "Why not spend your calorie budget on something healthier?"
    My answer:
    Because it's my calorie budget and I'll spend it as I please.

    Taken to extremes, this example sentence can also incite unhealthy dieting practices. ("I can trade my cookies for cucumber slices," can become "I can just cut the cookies out altogether," leading to "I can skip a meal everyday, too..." You get the idea.) Additionally, it can render people feeling as though they ought to drop the "binge" items from a well-functioning budget despite that the item fits within the guidelines.

    On a different note, it was kind of the author to include the table of calories per type of drink.

    In conclusion, informative but the reading would be more pleasant if the article was not drenched in disgust.

    ~ Mythina - 2/26/2014 8:36:02 PM
  • Americans are hilarious. In my travels the thinnest people I ever saw were in Paris. They drink. In London, they drink. In every European city...they drink. Drinking has been found to increase your life expectancy (see the recent findings by University of Texas at Austin). It helps your heart. It is absolutely part of a healthy lifestyle.

    The fattest people I have ever known have been Americans who have sworn off of "booze" for religious reasons, and who then stuff their faces at church potlucks.

    Seriously, drinking won't hurt you. Stop worrying about it so much. - 1/19/2014 1:18:15 PM
  • Thanks to everyone for sharing. - 12/23/2013 5:56:13 AM

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