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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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