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Does alcohol limit your ability to reach your weight loss goals.

I eat so well, except on days where I am hung-over. I never became hungover before cutting out all of my "absorbing food". not to mention the empty calories in the alcoho itself. this has happend to me twice since I started dieting a few months ago- otherwise I dont drink more than 1 glass a wine with dinner- occasionally.

I recognize that this is probably pointing to a larger problem...

Mon. Nov 12, 10:40am

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The body will prioritize the metabolization of alcohol before food.
It lowers your inhibitions when it comes to eating (and everything else).
If you don't eat while or after drinking, the alcohol will do more organic damage.
You will see a loss on the scale the next day because you're dehydrated, but the awful truth will be revealed the next day.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 11:11 AM

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OP here.

I meant the question to be a personal one. I know that it does, but do any of you have isues with this?

Monday, November 12, 2007, 11:13 AM

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Yep, this is a huge problem for me. I'm a college student, so a big part of my social life is going out on the weekends and drinking with friends at parties. I'm having a difficult time letting go of this in order to lose more weight. And like the OP, my "hangover" days are the worst part of the week for me eating wise. Honestly I'm still not sure how to deal with this issue, but I think personally moderation is key. I'm not willing to give up occasional nights out with friends, but I must accept that the next day I won't feel great (and I can't get out of this by overeating). Also, I can't go out often enough that it ruins all my hard work during the week...I'm a work in progress!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 11:33 AM

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Yes - it definitely is. I notice when I cut my consumption of alcohol the weight comes off a LOT faster. I adore getting together with friends and sharing some excellent vintages, but d@ng - I just can't do more than a couple glasses anymore without a hangover (which I never used to get) and not very regularly either. I can totally budget the calories, but they do not seem to be the same as food calories and the effects of alcohol on my system have really changed!

It makes me sad, because I truly love good wine and am willing to make caloric sacrifices to continue to enjoy it, but I sure don't love hangovers! And I've definitely noticed that when I consume more of it the weight loss is sluggish at best. I've cut it back to a half glass with dinner and that's a workable compromise for me.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 11:54 AM

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Alcohol Consumption

Binge drinking is one of the main reasons why I'm now finding myself needing to drop about 50 lbs. Did a LOT of this (and emotional eating) over the past couple of years.

My Dad was an Alcoholic, and struggled tremendously with Alcoholism, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress. He was a former police officer (drug squad guy), and became a paramedic in his later years. It goes without saying that Alcoholism is prevalent amongst police officers. Dad also came from a family with a lineage of Alcoholism.

My Dad died in June, 2006 due to alcohol poisoning.

I continued binge drinking for months later, despite the wake-up call that Dad's death ought to have caused. I am not an Alcoholic, but an abuser; this has been determined by my doctor. I know that I stand on a slippery slope, and do not want my drinking to manifest itself into full-blown dependancy.

I decided to stop a couple of months ago. Just ... stop. I don't crave it, want it, nor am interested in drinking. Empty calories, depressant, and I'd be doing myself NO FAVORS should I continue drinking recreationally.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 2:56 PM

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OP Here, did you stop going out?

Monday, November 12, 2007, 3:49 PM

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Not the OP, but, maybe some of you can clarify something for me, which I've never understood. Isn't going out about getting to hang out with your friends, and potentally also to meet new people? I've never understood why a lot of people have to drink in order to go out.

Maybe it's because at the very beginning of my freshman year of college, I got mono (from making out with random guys - I am not professing to be a saint!), and could not drink. However, I didn't want to miss out on meeting people, gonig to parties, etc. So I went and didn't drink. So maybe I just got used to it quickly. But for me, going out to bars or parties, dancing, etc., has never been something that I had to get drunk to do, so I have a hard time understanding why some people can't go out and enjoy themselves without drinking. Why do the two have to go hand-in-hand? Why do some people need to stop going out just in order to stop drinking?

When I was in college, half the bars in our area gave free soda to people, encouraging safe drivers. I LOVED being able to go out for a whole night, see all my friends, dance, meet new people, and not spend a penny!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 4:18 PM

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I admit, I dont do large social events without drinking...especially at loud crazy dance bars. I like to be buzzed for a night out. Fortunately (or not!) I am one of those people who get drunk pretty quickly (Id LOVEEE to use the term lightweight but so not true!) but its still empty calories that I just dont need. I am so good during the week but feel that my weekends totally set me back. So frustrating.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 5:59 PM

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I am someone that lost all my weight and maintain my goal without totally cutting out alcohol. I never did. I don't drink everyday but I enjoy myself just about every weekend and it didn't hinder my weight loss efforts.

To answer a PP, I don't know why but I too enjoy being in bar settings if I'm "buzzed". It's not as fun sober and I don't know why! Maybe because I really let go and relax when I've had a few drinks and in my stressful life it feels good to not be worrying about anything for an evening.
Since losing my weight it does't take much to get me buzzed either so I don't spend a fortune on going out!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 6:57 PM

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So the two previous posters are both saying "I don't know why," but then they're also both saying "I can't relax and stop worrying if I'm not buzzed." Soo glad that's not me!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 9:39 AM

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