(Closed) Bees who drink

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Snow00774:  So, prefacing with..I do not drink regularly as you, however I’ve experimented alot with dieting since I’m in bars alot with my work… and I think first of all it really depends on how your body handles alcohol. I for one, prefer not to drink more than 1 glass of wine a week when I’m dieting because I’ve found that my body holds onto weight and/or bloats significantly more when I have even a few drinks in a week… like a 2lb difference in my weight whether I had more than one drink, or 0-1 drinks. So I usually save my drink for the weekend or a girls night. Your body may also react to different drinks differently, for example, I find that tequila and vodka do not cause me to bloat as much as wine, and that beer is by far the worst. 

This may be different for you and your body..but such is my experience. Lowest calorie drinks I’ve found to be vodka/soda, diet coke/light rum, wine, or a single shot, and I try to stick to these, since I don’t typically feel like doing 15min of running for every 100 cal drink. But you definitely have to make sure to count them in your overall calorie intake. It can be a bummer to have to cut down anything you enjoy, but it’s worth it if you really want to see the results from your diet. Good luck! Hope this helps

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I drink as regulary as you and boy am I wishing I didn’t.  If I cut out booze I’d lose so much weight!

There’s 89 calories in a small glass of wine (120ml don’t know in US fl oz) and apparently the average wine drinker puts on 7lb of fat in a year ๐Ÿ™ 

I know this doesn’t help… sorry.

Maybe you could cut it out a couple of times a week?  Also look at this, it’s got practical ways of burning 100 calories.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I drink as well, and I don’t really want to give it up.  I work it into my daily calories.  If I don’t have room for a drink, I don’t have one.  If I’m going out on the weekends or something, I put in an extra-long workout in the morning to burn off the calories.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I drink daily, and I don’t stop when I’m dieting. I lost a lot of weight on a LC diet while still enjoying drinks nightly. I stick with wine or liquor plus a diet mixer (like soda water or diet Coke). It doesn’t seem to affect my weightloss, though I guess I’ll never know, as I haven’t tried losing weight while giving up alcohol. Definitely avoid sugary drinks, beers (I occasionally drank Michelob, but I think it’s kinda gross) or sweet wines.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I use My Fitness Pal to track my food intake and as long as I can work it in calorie wise, I still seem to lose.  Some days, I would rather have a little frozen yogurt then wine though ๐Ÿ™‚

Another reason we have slowed down the drinking a bit was $$$.  Spending on alcohol adds up QUICK.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you’re trying to lose weight, I would stick to the clear alcohols/soda water mixer (no soda, even if it’s diet, and definitely no fruity drinks- talk about sugar and calories!!) or wine. I would even cut out the beer. And then, either work the calories into your daily intake, or start amping up the workouts, or both. 10-15 minutes of running on a treadmill probably won’t help you “lose” weight, but it will be helpful in “maintaining” your weight. If you want to have that exercise help you along the weight loss track, you need to amp it up to at least 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week, and add some light weights. You might as well do a little extra if you’re going to haul your ass to the gym. ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly, if you’re going to drink every day AND try to lose weight, I would be hitting the gym. You’re not going to get the results you want otherwise, because alcohol is just empty calories that doesn’t do anything for your body.

(man, I miss wine. I’m pregnant now, but I definitely was a daily or almost daily glass of wine drinker, and the only way I could do that and lose any weight was to run on the treadmill 3-4 miles, 4 times a week.)

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SarahSmilesDec28:  

I second My Fitness Pal is the best app ever, I use it too

Post # 13
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713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL

I used to drink like that but I ended up in the hospital and was diagnosed with NASH, so my drinking is very limited, but i second the notion about sticking to wine(white or sparkling is better than red when dealing with calories) or clear drinks such as vodka, stay away from flavored liquors and mixing with juices and premade mixes. if you have a blender find your favorite smoothie recipe and add in a shot or two of vodka you get sweet treat and the alcohol and lower calories

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@Snow00774:  

 

I relate to this because I am a frequent drinker as well.

 

I had a serious weight problem at one point, so almost four years ago I joined Weight Watchers. I ended up losing 79 lbs. over the course of a year and a half.

During the time I was losing weight, I had cocktails and wine at least four or five nights a week. I hardly ever exercised and the weight just melted off.

The way that I did it was that I kept very careful track of what I was eating during the day. If I knew I wanted a drink that night, it meant that I had to budget accordingly. Whereas normally I would have been able to have a cookie here or a cookie there, or an extra handful of chips with my sandwich — those things had to go if I wanted a glass of wine.

I still managed to have a balanced diet with plenty of veggies, protein, calcium, etc.

I found that cutting back on carbs gave me extra room with my Weight Watchers points so that I could spend those carbs on drinks. I didn’t cut breads/pasta out of my diet, of course — it’s just that I didn’t indulge in them as much.

I have kept most of the weight off — I did gain about 10 lbs. last Christmas when I got married and moved in with Darling Husband — but it can be done. You can have your drinks and have a healthy lifestyle/normal weight.

 

You may or may not need Weight Watchers or be interested in it, but the principle still applies…. find some system or some way to keep track of your calories or something like that. Budget for your cocktails and fit them in.

I have started up with Weight Watchers again because though I lost 70 lbs., I still have another 40 or so to lose — and right now I’m limiting myself to one glass of wine or one cocktail on those weeknights when I feel like having a drink. On Friday and Saturday nights, I allow myself two or three if I’m in the mood.

 

One way to save calories with drinks is to mix them with diet sodas or with those low-sugar fruit juices, such as Ocean Spray Light or Trop50 (Tropicana). I love to have a glass of white wine mixed with Trop50 lemonade, raspberry lemonade or even light cranberry juice. Those low-sugar juices have something like 1/3 the sugar of regular fruit juices and they make the wine go further.

 

I also love having a shot of Grey Goose vodka with light grapefruit juice… those low-sugar fruit juices have been a life saver for me.

Anyway, sorry for the long post but as you can see, this topic is of high interest to me! LOL

Cheers! And good luck!

 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I drink more than I’d like to admit.

First thing’s first:  Metabolizing alcohol sabotages your body’s ability to build muscle.  Muscle is key to keeping your metabolism fast, and to staying toned. 

So there’s that.

There’s also the fact that sometimes I’ll eat even though I’m not hungry so that I can have more than a single cocktail or two without getting drunk.  This means extra calories. And then there’s the greasy breakfast taco I eat the morning after to help with the hangover.

With that said, I work out 4-6 times per week, do hot yoga at least once, and eat pretty healthily the rest of the time, including being mostly gluten/grain/legume-free.  I only EVER drink vodka/club soda, or whisky/diet coke.  I never drink beer, wine, margaritas (especially if they contain high-fructose corn syrup).  

I’ve maintained a .5 to 1lbs loss on weeks that I really stick to treating my body well with the exception of drinking (oxymoron, I know).  I can definitely feel a drop in my strength levels on days before which I drank heavily, so I do try to save my drinking for nights where I know there’s a rest day after.  I also know that I would look/feel better if I cut it out entirely.  But I don’t want to, and like you, it’s part of our lifestyle.  Try getting one of my girlfriends to go out shopping… just try it once, lol.  

 

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