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Has the elimination of alcohol helped you lose weight?

I did a search on this in the community, and wanted to get some insight.

(And if you decide to take offense to something someone else has written on this thread, take a few deep breaths before you make the thread about you. thanks!)

Tue. Jun 24, 8:51am

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YES! a) the extra empty points/calories were just un-necessary and since I am trying to elminate all un-necessary intake, they were the first to go. and b) when I have a few drinks, I eat like crazy the next day and find it really hard to control my eating!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 10:09 AM

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Alcohol is pure sugar and has a lot of calories. It causes your blood sugar to spike and drop rapidly, so I would say drink with food. Also, your liver - which metabolizes fatty acids, does nothing else while it cranks away on getting alcohol out of your system. So if you drink a lot, you also don't matabolize fat to the extent that you could (for a drink or so this is negligable, but if you consume many daily - this comes into play). For many folks, it lowers inhibitions and they are more likely to overeat while drinking it.

But just like anything else you can still lose weight while consuming it - you just have to cut out other things. Personally I find it easier to lose if I cut the alcohol except on a really nice evening out or something like that, and then I go for something like red wine with some proven benefits and I don't get trashed, but if you can find a way to make the calorie totals work then go for it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 10:13 AM

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Not intentionally

I have found that not consuming alcohol helps me a lot. Not only is it at minimum 100-200 calories a drink (for a diet soda + mixer or light beer) but it's usually more and can be upwards of 800calories for one drink. And really, once you start, who has just one?
Also when I drink I lose my ability to make healthy food choices. If someone suggests getting bar food, all of a sudden I am all in on calamari french fries and onion rings. Which normally I have the sense to say no thanks.

I indulge in the occasional beer when it sounds good. Mostly when I am out to eat with friends/family and there is a good selection on tap so I can try something new. In general, I find it's not worth it to drink the calories.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 11:31 AM

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no way

I stopped drinking 6 mos. ago and have gained weight... where I would have normally drank my calories - and not eaten - now I eat them all.... kinda like a smoker who quits and gets her taste buds back....I have gained nearly 20 husband also stopped drinking 5 months ago and has gained a lot....he is in AA and doing very well... now we just have to work on our weight.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 12:22 PM

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My weight loss is definately a lot speedier when I am not drinking as much, but my lifestyle is such that I go out once a week, sometimes more. I am seeking balance but it is hard. I do not want to isolate myself from my friends for the sake of the last 5 lbs but I do try to limit more than I used to.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 12:31 PM

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Without a doubt! My boyfriend dropped 10 lbs when he stopped drinking beer for three months (and he wasn't a heavy drinker to begin with.) I noticed my tummy flatten out when I stop drinking beer or wine, for sure.

Friday, July 04, 2008, 6:58 PM

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Why do we gain weight? We gain weight because we are eating more calories than we burn. There really is a more simple way to lose weight than to "go on a diet". Dieting is no fun! Why deprive yourself of food or feel guilty for eating when you're hungry? That's not right! Reduced calorie diets don't work. Eat Only Whole Foods And You Will Lose Weight
It's very important to feed our body well. By "well" I mean to feed it real, whole foods. This is what the body craves. The body craves natural, wholesome food. And here is what's so neat about it. When your body realizes it is being given what it needs, it runs much more efficiently, giving us more energy-energy to burn off the food we eat so we lose weight! What else happens to our body when it is fed natural, whole foods? testking 642-587 Let's take a look.All of the organs function quite efficiently, working together to give YOU, the person inside your body a good physical, mental, and spiritual outlook.* Natural (organic) foods burn more efficiently than denatured foods do.
* Whole foods keep your body in balance because elimination occurs more readily and naturally.
* Irritable bowl syndrome symptoms go away when the body is fed good food
* Your body loses fat because of all of the above!
* Skin quality improves greatly because your body is less toxic, plus cells are receiving valuable nutrition.
What Happens When We Eat Denatured Food?
* The body becomes confused and doesn't know what to do with the substances added to denatured food. testking 117-101 * Toxins build up because the body is swamped with substances it can't metabolize through digestion
* Fibreless, denatured foods cause constipation, boils, rashes, allergies, acne, potbelly, obesity, sugar spikes, IBS, hemorrhoids, gluten intolerance, emotional issues, and more.
* Organs begin to stop functioning normally, causing bladder infections, liver disease, pancreas issues, IBS, clogged arteries, colon cancer, and more.
Pesticides, herbicides, additives, colorings, dyes, fake sugars, preservatives, and chemicals overtime all leave a trail of toxins in your body in the form of weight gain, sleep disturbances, sugar spikes, aches and pains, and digestive disorders that become disease and cancer if something is not done to cleanse the system and change the diet. testking 70-632 God did not build our body to tolerate food that was not invented yet. We had already been given all the food we would need for perfect health. He knew that man would build factories and destroy the food through denaturing. But God gave us a mind that can think and reason, for this purpose, so we can choose to lead a healthy eating lifestyle.

Monday, September 07, 2009, 2:37 AM

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YES. I haven't completely eliminated it (I have to occasional glass of wine), but yes. Water is a much better replacement.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 8:47 AM

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Amen to poster 2:37 AM. I only wish more people would realize this.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 8:51 AM

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reducing the amount i drink has helped me get fitter faster. i used to drink socially about 5x per week, and now i drink socially about 2-3x per month. i do not miss it. in fact, i also have friends who do not drink as much because they are trying to control their weight.

now that i have cut down significantly, i am not exhausted from a night of drinking during the week or weekend, so i can stay on schedule with eating right and working out. i also do not have to worry about the munchies that i get when i am drinking.... those easily upped my calories by about 800 calories (not including the alcohol itself).

recently i have been enjoying social drinking more, and as a result, i am sluggish and have not been able to eat well. drinking really knocks me off balance for some reason nowadays. but i enjoy a nice glass of wine once in a while.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009, 3:39 AM

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