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Alcohol and a Healthy Diet

Okay, so how much alcohol does the average person trying to be healthy actually drink? And can alcohol be a healthy part of any diet? I currently drink 2 glasses of wine a day, but realize that's probably a bit much so I'm trying to cut down my consumption to a total of 5 glases a week. Thoughts?

Thu. Jul 19, 9:30am

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Yea, that's too much. Even the progressive alcohol-lovers say 1 glass of whine a day is good for you, which equals 7, not 14.
I would actually recommend 1 every other day. Not only because of all the extra calories and sugars you are imbibing, but also because of the slow but steady damage you are doing to your liver.
I know its wine and its good for you, but a lot of things are good in moderation, over-indulging in just about anything leads to bad results.

Think about the reason why you drink. Is it social? Emotional? Do you like the taste? When you have reasoned through that, you can work on changing a behavior.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 9:42 AM

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9:42 is correct, 1 glass of wine a day is the recommended limit for those who drink. I also drank a couple of glasses of wine a day, but I just couldn't lose weight doing that and after a couple of glasses of wine I wasn't as particular about what I ate either. My hardest challenge was giving that up, but I'm determined to limit wine to occasional social functions. And the weight is melting off me.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 10:03 AM

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When I limited drinking anything to F, Sat, and Sun, I lost quite a bit of weight! Now having a glass of wine is like having a treat -- I think I enjoy it a whole lot better too!

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 10:06 AM

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Man or woman? Isn't it one glass a day for the ladies & limit of 2 for the gents?

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:03 AM

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Can I save all 7 servings for one day? (Totally kidding!!!)

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:03 AM

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11:03, You are correct, it is 1 drink for women and 2 for men. I assumed the person asking was female, which I aught not to do.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:51 AM

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I have one alcoholic drink per day: a diet coke and cherry vodka (clear brands). This has had no impact on my weight, but I count it in my calories!

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 11:54 AM

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Additionally, my trainer has told me that alcohol slows down your metabolism. I struggle with giving it up totally ( I like my wine or beer), but when it comes down to it, if giving it up is the only way that I can get to my goal weight, I will have to try it. My hardest times are during social situations.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 12:15 PM

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When you drink your liver immediately stops what it was doing (matabolizing fatty acids) and starts working on the alcohol. So not only does alcohol contain sugar aka: lots of empty calories, but you don't metabolize fat while your liver is woking on it. Thus some alcohol in moderation isn't going to set things back too much, but it starts adding up pretty quick. Especially if you are stressing it day after day after day.

I would evaluate what you truly enjoy about wine and see if you can get those results with less. To me wine is the only thing that compliments truly gourmet cooking (which I love to do). So instead of having a glass while I cook, or lingering over a second glass after dinner - I have just enough to compliment the meal and not a drop more. I have cut down to about 3/4 of a glass with my meals and only with meals good enough to really 'demand' wine. I've started buying some of the boxed ones (Black Box is quite decent) so I don't have to waste 1/2 a bottle or so. I am looking into one of the wine preservation systems though. When I go out, I do drink an entire glass and I order the good stuff so I don't feel too deprived at home.

At any rate - I don't know what role wine plays in your life, but my suggestion would be to start there and see what you can work out. Best wishes!

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 12:22 PM

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I love to drink, but...

Okay, don't flame me, but I love a good cocktail and a cold beer now and again. If I could, I'd probably be a regular evening cocktail hour kind of girl. But it really does effect your metabolism and slows your weight loss efforts. And it takes away energy that I want for my workouts. So I usually limit myself to 1 or 2 "party nights" with friends per month and I never drink alcohol during the week. I try to limit it to only Friday or Saturday. That way I have my drinks in moderation and my friends are getting accustomed to my drinking "rules."

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 12:37 PM

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