I knew that alcohol had calories but didn't listen and drank daily anyway. Then I gave up alcohol and like magic, the weight started to come off. I've more than doubled the rate on my 2nd 10 lbs vs my 1st 10 lbs lost when I was drinking. It feels like I am cheating! And when not drinking, I'm less likely to overeat and more likely to get some exercise in. Plus with the extra calories available for my daily allotment - I have more choices in the foods I eat.
Alcohol itself is high in calories—7 calories per gram, almost as much as fat (9 calories per gram) and more than carbs or protein (about 4 per gram). Our bodies processes alcohol first, before fat, protein, or carbs - so this slows down the fat burning process.
Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click Report Inappropriate Secret and our staff will review it.
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.
We all make goals like getting to the gym 3x a week and then life happens. I would feel like a failure. One day I went on the strength exercises of SP and picked out the easiest ones I liked. Enough for ten minutes (not many when you include stretching after). Voila the fallback plan for success
Not only did I have a plan for those crazy days but I was inspired to try more of the exercises to see which ones I liked. It helps if you target a body part you don't like - like flabby arms and tummy. Then you are winning the war!
I've started using the "Nutrition Notes" toward the bottom of the "My Nutrition" page to (a) track what times I eat my 5-6 meals a day, and (b) track what new foods (or in my case, protein bars) I've tried and whether I liked them or not. This makes it easier when trying to remember whether I liked a particular flavor, and whether I should buy it again or not. WAY easier than scrolling through each day because you can print a "Nutrition Notes Report". SO HANDY!!!
Simply click the "See Notes Report" button and select the dates you wish to view.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkTeams, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.