Weight Loss Support - Alcohol..
06-18-2006, 05:19 AM
Hey I have a LITTLE problem! I enjoy a drink at weekends with friends and this summer I'd headed away with two of my friends for an entire MONTH! most of which will be spent either laying doing nothing or partying at night. Last year I gained almost TWO STONE and I think most of that was down to alcohol consumption. I've recently just abandoned alcopops, I wouldn't touch the %&"$%^ with a barge pole. but what alcohol can i drink? Is there any low calorie stuff out there? Or even just NOT AS BAD drinks?
Is anyone else having this problem?
I definately don't want to be a party pooper this summer...
06-18-2006, 05:42 AM
Well, every so often I'll go through a phase where I'll drink beer. Even though the daily caloried added up to 600-1000 per day of beer and I kept the food down low I still gained like 3-4 pounds a week, even with exercise. As soon as I axed drinking as a test, I lost 3 pounds in less than a week. I wonder if some people are sensitve to weight gain with alcohol? I'll be interested to see if anyone knows too. :)
06-18-2006, 05:46 AM
thanks for your input! Alcohol is incredibly annoying isn't it? My dad owns a bar so I just asked him and he reckons it would be vodka and diet coke?? I think he may be right because that's what I was having two nights ago and I don't seem to gained anything?? Does anyone know if that's right? Or am I just getting myself into a state of false security...
ps bought the funkiest homer simpson scales! they "DOH!" and everything... beaut!
06-18-2006, 08:08 AM
Personally, whenever I drink on a weekend, I will gain 3-4 pounds and it will take me at least a week to get them off (that week being very diligent and having no alcohol). Summer is really hard. You either have to agree with yourself that you are not going to drink at all, or come to grips with the fact that you are going to gain weight. I do not believe it is water weight (or at least not all of it) because it takes me so long to get the weight back off. Alcohol is very high in calories and when you drink a substantial amount, well, those calories really add up. Besides that, when you're body is trying to burn fat and you have alcohol in your system, the alcohol is the first thing it is going to burn, not the fat...hence weight gain.
Now, obviously, you are going on vacation and you are going to drink....so what to choose to drink? I would say, anything with diet coke. At least then you are not getting the calories from the pop (soda). Here is a sampling of calorie content of different liquors:
(Per 1 Oz--a shot is 1.5 ounces)
Beer 96 (1-12 OZ BOTTLE) Miller Lite
Wine 119 (Sutter Home Merlot) 5 oz glass
Wine 108 (Sutter Home White Zin) 5 oz glass
Sometimes, what I do is order a drink with diet coke and then also order a can of diet coke with it. As you drink down the drink, add more diet coke. That way you are not drinking as many calories, but you are still drinking and being social and besides that you don't get as inebriated.
I wish you luck and best of all, have fun!!!
06-18-2006, 10:15 AM
Alcohol is evil, full of calories!!! White spirit such as vodka or gin and diet mixers is your best bet, or wine and soda mixed together, or the odd half sugar Bacardi Breezer.
You won't lose weight over your holidays, but you mgiht be able to avoid a gain.
And don't forget to eat. If you eat before going out on the lash, you are less likely to eat crisps and nuts whilst you drink, which doesn't help the calorie count!
06-18-2006, 10:27 AM
I am no expert but my BF and I have been debating about the calorie value of alcohol (he is a chemist). Anyway, besides the actual caloric value of alcohol, from what I ended up reading there are several other factors that make alchohol dangerous for dieting. First, when you drink you have less inhibitions and therefore are more likely to overeat. Second has to do with the way the body processes both alcohol and fat - they are both metabolized by the liver. If your body is busy metabolizing alcohol it can't metabolize the fat in what you eat and has to store it for later. Third, many people find they have increased cravings for either fatty or sugary foods the next day.
Misti in Seattle
06-18-2006, 12:27 PM
Okay I know this sounds like a party pooper :) but why not learn to drink just plain seltzer with lemon or lime? That's what I always do. I know easy to say since I hate the taste of alcohol... but it's calorie free and you can still hang out with your friends. Reality is if you drink booze you are going to load up on meaningless calories
06-18-2006, 12:54 PM
I agree with Misti, just seems kind of weird that you MUST drink so as not to be a "party pooper." Getting loaded is the only way to have fun with your friends? When I was losing weight, I just didn't drink, period. I avoided all unnecessary, empty calories.
06-18-2006, 01:11 PM
I do the soda with lime and everyone thinks I drink gin and tonic. I have fun and have even had people ask if I need a drive home. :rofl:
06-18-2006, 01:29 PM
I have been told by several people that the best choice is Vodka and Diet Coke (and thats what i drink). I find that it doesnt really affect my weightloss, mind you im not a big drinker but when I do thats what I drink. I use to drink those coolers before my weightloss, they are so sweet now, i cant stand the taste of them now and they are FULL of calories.
06-19-2006, 03:05 PM
Alcohol hasn't affected my weight thus far. That was one thing that I just never cut out of my diet. I go through phases with different drinks.
For a while it was rum and diet coke, then wine, then tequila, now Miller Light.
I don't let the fat girl in me pig out anymore or eat junk. I'm at least going to let the Irish Mick in my get drunk! LOL
06-19-2006, 03:11 PM
I always alternate my drinks, drink, water, drink, water. Sometimes 2 waters for every drink. I load up on water before I go out, and I load up on water the next day. That tends to help.
I quite like vodka and flavoured water - it helps me make sure I get some water in along with my alcohol!
06-19-2006, 05:51 PM
You don't have to drink to have fun. If peer pressure is causing you to drink, take a can of beer and drink it, just the one, then keep filling it with water and no one will ever know you are not drinking.
(I was going to say pour the beer out, but I am not one for wasting)
Alcohol hasn't affected my weight thus far. That was one thing that I just never cut out of my diet.
Me either. I like to drink and I'm not giving it up.
I've managed to lose over 80 pounds and I've drank all the way through it, so...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a lushy that sits around boozing it up every night (lol) but I love going out on the weekends with my friend to the bar and even during the week we'll sometimes sit around and have a few.
Would I give up alcohol if it meant for certain I'd have to be fat the rest of my life? Most certainly. But I didn't have to.
06-19-2006, 07:16 PM
Diet coke is my drink! I very very rarely drink. I went out the other day and decided to have a drink (it turned into two) that is a total of 3 drinks for me since I started this at the beginning of Feburary. And that is a lot of drinks for me!
It is full of empty calories. I had two screwdrivers when I was out, I figured I might as well get the benifit from orange juice if I was going to drink. When I came home and put it in my fitday I was like 400 calories for two SMALL drinks? What a waste! I have never been a drinker so not drinking is no problem for me.
I know how hard it is for young people to not drink. A lot of my friends dont even ask me out anymore becasue, I don't want to go the bar. I am only 20 (almost 21) and have been dealing with this for years. Why is it so hard for people to accept that I do not drink or do not want to drink.
I have just as much fun when I don't drink, given that I might not do something totally stupid and crazy, but I still have fun. I really wish kids today would realize that you don't need to drink to have a good time. It is so hard to see all the people I graduated with drinking their faces off - they are killing themselves.
Anyway, enuf! If you really have to have a drink just try and limit it to one or two. Or don't make it an every weekend thing, I think it should be a treat, like once a month. Other wise, I say cut it out - its not needed. IMO
06-19-2006, 08:11 PM
Every tuesday I go out with my friends for a margarita night...and I drink 2 margaritas....I never gain weight because I balance the rest of my day and leave most of my calories for the drinks....I also drink 2 margaritas over the weekend usually...and I haven't gained any weight...i guess it depends on your portion and how much you ate before you go out...
Every tuesday I go out with my friends for a margarita night...and I drink 2 margaritas....I never gain weight because I balance the rest of my day and leave most of my calories for the drinks....
Yes, that's the key. Alcohol calories count too.
That's where many people make their mistake - they eat their alotted daily calories and then drink on top of that.
Calories are calories, regardless of where they come from and they all count.
06-20-2006, 11:47 AM
Why is it so hard for people to accept that I do not drink or do not want to drink.
I'm 24 and I still deal with this crap. I stopped drinking in August '05 and by stopped drinking I mean I stopped having my 3 girly (margarita) drinks per year. I wasn't a big drinker before or as a friend puts it - a drinker at all, but I still get looks when I want to go out to a bar but I don't want to drink. One of my friends would ask me to hang out with her friends but she would always cancel at the last minute because she knew I didn't like to drink and thought I would feel left out I guess. Anyway, I don't think you need to drink to have a good time. I've never really liked the bitter taste of alcohol but like everyone else has said do what's best for you - they've given excellent ideas about how to disguise your "drink" I suggest you go along with it and test alcohol's effect on your weight when you're in maintenance and you're less likely to get depressed about a gain if it happens.
06-20-2006, 12:12 PM
Alcohol is total & completely empty calories. But if you really feel like imbibing, light beer or wine is the least calories per serving. Drink no more than 2 per day.
I gave up frozen margaritas and mudslides (VERY HARD to do when lying on the beach all summer!) and only allow myself a couple of light beers on Sunday afternoon. I lost three pounds just by doing that.
06-20-2006, 01:04 PM
I love good wine... so I simply factor the calories into my total for the day. I don't drink every night, but probably have a glass or two of wine with dinner three or four nights a week. If I know I'm going to have a special evening, I "bank" enough calories during the day to cover it.
In August my sweetheart and I will be touring Northern California wine country (Napa/Sonoma) and I plan to get up early everyday and do run/walk intervals to offset what I know will be a killer week for calories (we also have reservations for dinner at some very good restaurants). Being a foodie who counts calories isn't easy, but it can be done... :)