Have your wine & lose weight too???

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

julesbeeb:  I lost 30 lbs by cutting out processed foods, soft drinks and working out 5 times a week. I still enjoyed a glass of wine or a gin and soda. I don’t know if I drank every night per se, but I didn’t cut it out of my life. I just adjusted my choices. Instead of beer or a cranberry and vodka it was gin and soda water or a glass of red wine. 

Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Generally, in order to lose weight, calories in<calories burned.  The varietal of wine you drink combined with how much will determine how many calories you’re ingesting.  Dry wines usually have fewer calories than sugary sweet wines, and low-density, low-alcohol content wines have fewer calories than high-alcohol content wines.  So, a dry chardonnay is going to have fewer calories than a full-bodied red zin (my favorite!)  Really though, what it comes down to is counting how many calories you’re ingesting, and making sure that you burn a few more than whatever that number is, whether you’re doing that strictly through dieting, or through adding aerobic exercise as well.

Post # 4
397 posts
Helper bee

You can still lose weight, but alcohol and sugars will seriously impede fat loss. I also lost over 30lbs over the course of 4-5 months, working out 5+ times a week, etc. I only drank maybe once a month… A few glasses of wine each time (birthdays, weddings and such). During those times, not only did I feel awful during the week afterwards… It def made a difference in the pace at which I was losing fat (take note that I was only concerned about fat loss, not actual weightloss alone)… Especially with bloating/water weight. The days that you indulge, I would def rec doing some excercise just before to help compensate and metabolize it better.

Post # 5
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Sadly, it is very difficult, because alcohol is so calorific. This is why I am fat, despite eating a good diet and being quite active.

Post # 6
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

julesbeeb: As much as I hope this isn’t true, I’ve heard that it’s not just the calories in the wine/alcohol that make it detrimental to weight loss, but also the effect on your liver. The theory is that your liver is crucial for metabolising fat, but if it is distracted by processing other hazardous substances (such as alcohol, or the chemicals we find in heavily processed foods) then it is less able to work on the fat stores, like we would want. Totally not sure if this is really the case, but I thought you might find it interesting. Here’s hoping there’s a happy balance in the middle, somewhere between skinny and sober, and tubby and toasted 😉 . 

Post # 7
1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think it would be possible but only if you seriously cut back on your food – and that’s just not very healthy. I lost quite a bit of weight like that one summer in my early 20ies when I partied so much I simply forgot to eat but it wasn’t planned, it just happened spontaneously and I definitely don’t recommend it. 

I think your best bet is moderation – maybe cut back to a glass of wine every other day instead of every day.

Post # 8
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I have a drink everyday. I’ve lost 170lbs so far. Calories in, calories out.

Post # 10
1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Miss_Mae:  That is my understanding as well. Not only does alcohol contain tons of empty calories, but it also slows down how fast you burn calories from other things. So double whammy. I think it needs to be thought of as how much you can sneak in over the course of a week rather than a day if you are trying to lose weight.

Post # 11
6173 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

you need to expend more calories than you consume to lose weight.

500 less calories/day = 3500 calories a week = 1lb lost per week.

so if you drink that glass of wine, you will have to eat less elsewhere or exercise more.

Post # 12
8513 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Of course it is.  But you have to cut those calories from somewhere else (food) or exercise more.

I’ve lost weight while drinking a glass almost every night, I watched what I ate and worked out a LOT.

Post # 13
7940 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yes ! The easy answer is weight watchers! Eat (controlled portions) of whatever you want and still lose weight. 

Post # 14
3268 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

julesbeeb:  I don’t have a glass of wine every night, but I do have wine more than once a week. I’ve been tracking my eating and exercise on MyFitnessPal, so the calorie counting feature allows me to fit in the glass of wine if I want to (a 6 oz glass of wine has around 120 calories, so I’ll just not eat an equivalent amount of food or exercise a bit more). I’ve lost 6 pounds since January without totally cutting out alcohol– I’ve just been eating less than I was used to and exercising more.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  Creiddylad.
Post # 15
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m losing weight just fine and still drinking the same amount.

I walk to and from work (about an hour total) and try to work out every night for at least 30 minutes (usually happens 3-4 times a week). I eat very healthy, and weigh everything that goes into my body.. I’m super strict with diet so that I can continue to enjoy alcohol in moderation.

I tend to stick with straight liquors or drinks with limited added sugar (bourbon on the rocks or a tequilla and mezcal with 2 limes, and a splash of club soda or water).

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