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10/13/17 10:08 A

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I have binge tendencies and alcohol for me is such a trigger. I love me a glass of wine every now and then but do much better with staying on my eating plan when I avoid it. Since figuring that out I haven't had a binge episode... Hooray!

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10/13/17 12:52 A

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i stay away from alcohol for health reasons

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10/12/17 2:42 P

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Jack and Coke use to be my go to drink in the evening to relax. When I decided to cut out sugar that was no acceptable. I too enjoy a drink in the evening on occasion so I looked at my options, since my goal was to cut out sugar and not specifically calories at that point I found a sugar free alternative. I switched to white rum with soda water and similar to a mojito I add mint leaves and slices of lime for flavor, or vodka with soda water and berries. These still have calories so I am sure to add them in by the ingredients on my food log. As I enjoy a drink once in a while I adapted my habits to allow for it on occasion instead of everyday or of eliminating it.



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10/7/17 6:18 A

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Alcohol is not something you should be looking forward to resuming.

We take about a month to change our habits. If you start off saying you will abstain from something which causes weight gain, until you get close to goal.. why not cheesecake?

If you do all this work to get down to a healthy weight, why would resuming your previous habits, not simply undo all that work? Your goal should be to never have those substances.

At the start, we all feel longing for what we stop consuming. I loved Pepsi, and had to cut it out completely. I haven't had anything but water in about 3 years.. no alcohol for 18 years.

If you start with committing to water, and sugarless tea/coffee.. in a month, water will be delicious, and you will crave it as much as a good microbrew. Your tastes will change, and you won't want beer, or alcohol.

You should at least try to remove them permanently, instead of going into this with the mindset that you are going to resume bad habits once the weight is off.



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10/6/17 10:08 P

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Alcohol is added calories...

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9/28/17 5:42 P

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One pint of beer (ipa) is 240 calories. I am vertically challenged at 5'1.5" tall and have seen a couple decades since my 21st birthday so my metabolism and bmr are low. I don't have the calorie allotment to have an extra 2-3 beers that I love a week while losing weight, unless I really up my exercise, which is not happening in the near future. Due to all this, I sadly can only indulge while losing maybe once a month, one pint.

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for me its all calories. so i track my alcohol too. I try to limit my drinking to 2 nights a week but sometimes its 3 or 4 depending on my work day if i just want a drink. But i always track it. hard liqueur ( like vodka) will give you the same feeling with less calories too. Also, i dont think its good to cut out things you love. If you can be happy having 1 beer a few days a week, the 600 calories a week to enjoy 3 beers you love may be worth it, and it can help you learn how to drink what you enjoy and maintain your weight

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9/28/17 8:09 A

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I finally had to admit that my nightly glass of wine or beer was sabotaging my weight-loss plans. When I made alcohol a special treat, once or twice a week, instead, it helped the weight come off.
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9/27/17 3:59 P

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I have found that only have 1 drink on Friday as a reward of finishing my week and usually 1 on Saturday with dinner is more than enough alcohol. I love wine and miss it but it never did me any favors when it came time to lose weight.



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9/27/17 5:13 A

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I only drink once per week with my friends - if even that. Alcohol is dangerous in a plethora of ways, be careful!

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9/26/17 12:36 P

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I don't drink anything....don't need the added calories...water only



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9/26/17 5:40 A

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A glass of wine is good, two glasses of wine, not so good. Drinking wine slows my weight loss, but is nice after a long stressful day.



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9/25/17 6:48 P

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No alcohol is the best choice

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9/25/17 6:00 P

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I am with you on this one... I need to do as I tell my patients to do. If you are going to drink for every alcoholic beverage you have to drink a cup of water. I know I would fill up quick and likely not get the darn munchies too! emoticon

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9/24/17 8:59 A

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I don't drink often but I enjoy a glass of wine then include this in my diet. Right now I am close to my goal so it is getting harder to drop weight, I need to increase my exercise to help weight loss.



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9/21/17 3:53 P

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You are correct! But I don't know anyone who drinks a half a glass of wine, unless they are maybe taking communion. emoticon

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9/21/17 1:36 P

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Alcohol is my nemesis. The calories are bad enough, but when I drink I get the munchies pretty bad. Then I want to eat everything I can find. emoticon

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Everything in moderation! I don't think 1/2 glasses of wine per week will throw you off immensely.

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I stopped drinking all together because it was getting out of control, however, I've also started to get serious about losing weight (again) and I'm curious to see if the weight loss comes a bit easier since alcohol is out of the picture. Blessings

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Since I started my diet and exercise program 5 months ago, I have had maybe a dozen drinks total, all at either parties or ball games. I thought I would be tempted when the weather got hot, but I really haven't been. A glass of wine or a Mike's "Lite" hard lemonade has about the same number of calories as a nice, juicy fresh peach -- and I'd rather have the peach! It's even easier now because my husband has decided to lose weight, and has completely cut out alcohol.

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9/16/17 12:12 P

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I'm just getting back to the weight loss plan. I think anything that is a part of your habits that go against your final goal has to be either eliminated or be part of your plan..

Maybe you can half the amount you usually have or switch to something lighter. If it is a big part of your life, you need to find a way for it to fit in your life plan. Otherwise, you loose the weight then struggle keeping it off because you to back to old habits.

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9/14/17 10:09 P

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I didn't drink during my weight loss phase (with very few exceptions for special occasions) and still don't drink as much as I previously did.

I still enjoy wine a couple of times a week and an occasional mixed drink or two -- but it's a lot of empty calories, which is fine in moderation, but does not have a place in my day-to-day plan.

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9/14/17 10:30 A

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I very much enjoy wine, and the occasional other adult beverage, and have made that part of my weight loss and years of maintenance, though I did scale back the volume and frequency from my heydays in college/post-college when it was a contributing factor to my initial weight gain. I have not noticed a negative affect from 1-2 drinks, 2-3 times a week, sometimes less but rarely more unless maybe I'm on vacation or have lots of events in a week. As Coonsy noted, I just track it and make sure it fits in with my goals. I also eat extra healthy on those days to make up for the 'empty' alcohol calories and make sure I'm getting in all my nutrients. I also go for lower calorie options when drinking, like dry wines and whiskey cocktails with minimal sugary mixtures. Gone are the days when I would order a 600 calorie bomb sugary margarita type drink, but I'm a firm believer in making sustainable life changes, so if you really enjoy a particular drink, I think you need to find a way to eventually work it in so you don't make yourself miserable. It may be that it's right for you to give it up for now, or drink very sparingly, but once you're in maintenance mode and no longer need to create a daily 500ish calorie deficit, that you fill those calories with beer and that is your reward ;)



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9/14/17 8:25 A

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Beer- the biggest problem I have with losing weight.

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I used to enjoy a glass of white wine in the evening. I stopped having it because I found that I was more likely to make poor food choices and over eat when I drink alcohol. Now I have a seltzer in the evening so I feel like I'm having something special, and I stay on track.



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9/13/17 7:00 P

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Ours bodies will burn the alcohol first, then sugars and food that turn into sugars and then finally fat. What isn't burned is stored. Keep your sugars low. Alcohol occasional and moderate.



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9/12/17 11:22 A

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I have better results when I don't drink at alcohol. I still indulge occasionally at social occasions, but long term I just can't drink and lose weight.

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9/11/17 6:15 P

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My evening nightcap did not change when I needed to lose weight. The calories count in for the day.

I basically had the same amount of alcohol when I was struggling to get over 120 pounds as now when I am struggling to lose 20 pounds.

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9/11/17 4:46 P

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For me, a glass of wine in the evening actually helps control my urge to nibble! When I finally sit down to relax for a bit, I like to have something to keep me busy - if I already ate for the day, a glass of wine gives me something to "do" in a controlled amount that I can calculate for rather than mindlessly nibbling on something.

That being said, I calculate it into my day and plan accordingly.

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9/10/17 3:40 P

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I was a regular daily drinker, and when I gave it up i thought I would see immediate loss. I didn't, not even after several weeks. I guess I was eating less when I was drinking. However, I did find that drinking had a negative impact on my ability to get up and exercise, and also made me feel bad occasionally so there were other reasons to keep avoiding it. When I get an urge to drink now I make some bubble water in my soda stream and add citrus wedge to it.

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I love microbrews. I stopped buying them for at home and that has helped. I did have one microbrew beer on labor day when I took my kids out for lunch. I had a cup of bisque and a beer. I was super happy and I didn't feel deprived or that I had to order another. One beer in 7 weeks, that's a lifestyle change for me.

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9/5/17 4:17 P

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Alcohol is also my weakness. I just love micro brews and local brews. I just don't seem to be ready to give up my evening brew. I know this is something that I need to work on.

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9/2/17 11:45 A

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That's what I think for me as well. I can't seem to make the weight loss happen if I have anything. I was successful with weight watchers after my son was 8 months old in losing 30 pounds. I allowed myself two alcoholic beverages a week, one on friday and one the evening after weigh in day. Since I am back to trying to lose weight again after a major life change (and weight gain), I have not had an adult beverage at all because I think it will slow down the process, which is already going twice as slowly as last time I lost weight. :-\ I'm glad other people see this too!

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I don't know why, but even when I have a drink from time to time and it is within my calorie range, I am much less likely to lose weight when I drink alcohol than when I don't.

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Think of your calories like a 2 cup measuring cup. Breakfast puts a half cup of liquid in, your snack puts another 1/4 cup in, lunch is another half cup and a second snack puts you at one and a half cups. If you have dinner and then alcohol, the alcohol gets added to the measuring cup before dinner does, which means dinner is likely to push you over where you should be. Did you ever have a bank that took out all your payments before it added in any deposits and so it messed with the general order of things sometimes? Alcohol is like that. Once you ingest it, it skips the line and "counts" before other things that you have eaten.

If you do the math correctly, alcohol isn't any different that other foods, albeit one that digests a little more quickly. But as others have noted alcohol is high calorie. When you start drinking, it's harder to actually accurately measure out what you are having and you're more likely to have a second once you have already had one and this goes for food as well. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and impairs your judgement, memory and motor skills the more you have. It's the extra munching and the four (or was it five or six?) slices of pizza (or did we have wings?) that does people in calorically, not a glass or two here and there. As with so many other things it's not the first thing that does the most damage, it's the friends that come along with that first thing.


Half a pound a week is amazing progress for someone with so little weight to lose. When you see people losing 2-3 lbs per week, those people have 100 plus pounds to lose. Figure that about 1% of your bodyweight per week is ideal, but it's about half that for people who are very active or are in the last thirty pounds or so.

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I will preface by saying I haven't consumed alcohol with any regularity in several years. That said, if we go out I may order a cocktail once every few months or weigh out a portion of wine if the mood strikes. My rule is just that I always track it. I used to prefer mixed drinks with soda, but now I will also order whiskey on the rocks (and have water on the side). A good friend has switched to vodka/soda with lime.

That said, I do LOVE to have lattes with some regularity, which arguably provide some minimal nutrition that alcohol does not, but it's still drinking calories vs. eating them.

If it's something you enjoy, I think you can work it in to your goals, just consider healthier choices and be sure to track it.


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The extra munching was not an issue for me, but the extra calories from the drinks really add up quickly. From my understanding the way the body metabolizes alcohol, any other calories get converted into fat storage more quickly, I don't need more of that. I was really shocked how quickly the weight came on me form having a couple drinks 3-5 nights a week. I only like beer and wine, not mixed drinks. It was a big change to stop completely, but I want to lose weight now and that is way more important to me than enjoying my favorite beverages.

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While I was actively losing weight and for about the first year of maintenance I rarely drank wine during the week. Would have it on the weekends and tried to moderate it. Now I do generally have wine during the week.

Problem with wine isn't the calories as I can accommodate that, but the extra sugar coupled with alcohol's lowering of inhibition makes it harder to say "no" to nighttime snacks. Not a sugar freak but that combo makes me want a sweet treat. As long as I have only 2 glasses of wine, I'm fine.

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Alcohol makes it harder.
First because of the calories it contains,
second because it diminishes willpower and rational thinking.
A glass of beer may be just 150 calories... but it can make eating several hundred extra calories sound like a good idea that will not matter.

I used to drink 2-3 glasses of wine 3-4 times a week.
Now I drink 1 glass, 1-2 times per month, and eat my calories instead.
Water is the thing I drink.

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I still drink, but not excessively, and not more than once a week. I love gin and tonic, but tonic water is like drinking a Coke calorie-wise, so if I have one now it's half tonic and half soda, which actually tastes better to me now. I'll have a glass of wine with dinner if I'm out somewhere nice, but mostly I just drink water with meals.

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I adore good micro-brews and I don't have the taste for the lite beers, so I am just avoiding them as I think they pack about 200 empty calories a pint. Once I get my weight down a bit, I think I will have one to two drinks a weeks, I hope anyway.

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Overall, alcohol hasn't really affected my weight loss journey, nor my day to day life. The only "intentional change" I ever made in alcohol consumption was to switch to Lite Beer after I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Almost the same taste for only 5 carbs instead of 15 carbs.

As for how much I drink: I still enjoy the occasional "cold beer on a hot summer day"---other than that, I've just never had a daily or weekend habit. (My Ex certainly did though---hard alcohol just didn't interest me much.) I used to enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner a few nights a week-- now it takes more than a week to empty a bottle--LOL Its not really been intentional, it just kind of slowly changed....

We went traveling with friends this last winter...and discovered a tropical drink called "PainKiller". Now -that--we *consciously* limit!!
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Since alcohol is high is calories and has no vitamins or minerals I avoid it most of the time. I've never been a drinker. 1 drink gets me drunk!

When I do drink (a few times a year), I mix a shot of gin (64-80 calories), a shot of lime juice and fill the cup with water and ice. When I'm feeling extravagant I'll use club soda instead of water. Restaurants and bars will make this for me no problem, I usually ask for 2 lime wedges because they rarely have an unsweetened lime juice.

I like to drink water, herbal tea, orange pekoe tea or a decaf coffee in the evening.

I hope you find something that works for you!

JERF - Just Eat Real Food

I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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Maintaining my goal weight of 124-128 lbs since 2012
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2 kids

Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.


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8/31/17 7:33 P

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Alcohol slows down weight loss. Figure if you are female you need at least 1200 cals per day in order to get the nutrients your body needs. Anything between there and the calories it would take to maintain your weight can go towards your deficit for loss (to very much simply things). When you drink, that means you have 1200 cals plus however many calories you are drinking and it's between that number and your maintenance calories.

That being said, learn how to drink within your limits if you drink. I don't think that entirely eliminating anything that you plan to go back to eating at some point works (lent-like short term challenges excluded). So if you are a drinker and you plan to drink, figure out how to make drinking work at your lowest calorie level so that you know how to do it. Once you know how to make it work at the most difficult level, you adjust it based on where your calories end up and you feel comfortable.

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8/31/17 7:13 P

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Hi. I am curious how people see alcohol use in their diet goals and weight loss. I loved my nightly beer or wine to relax too much and I gained weight in a short time. To change up my routine, I have abstained from drinking any caloric beverages until I get close to my goal. I've noticed my sleep is better and I am drinking more water and tea but I still miss having the adult beverages. I think it is working to give it up for now for myself, but sometimes I imagine how nice it would be to have one.

What do other dieters do and what impact have you seen alcohol have on your goals and weight loss or gain? I am asking because I want to stay focused myself and also because I want to hear the experiences of others :-)

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