(Closed) cutting out alcohol to lose weight

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
2958 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I’ve done it. It definitely works. When I wasn’t drinking I lost 10 lbs. Now that I am drinking again, even though I still work out and eat healthy, I can’t seem to lose any weight at all. ::crying::

Post # 3
2640 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

catpeaches:  I’m doing the same thing as you, though I drank a ot more than you did. 

Cutting out alcohol should certainly help with bloating/water weight, but that small of an amount per week is unlikely to affect your fat loss, much (directly). I do think, however, that studies show that alcohol either before or after a workout negatively affects your results (I think it was before). So if you are doing the gym thing, you may see a bigger difference than me (I don’t work out, I’m just watching what I eat/drink). 

I’ve been off alcohol about a week and I’ve lost a pound, though as I said I drank way more than you. Every little bit helps!

Post # 4
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Yep, alcohol is unfortunately the cause of many an ineffective diet. (Says me as I put my spinach salad in the fridge and go out to meet Fiance at a bar haha) 

Post # 6
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I know men are different than women with weight loss but my husband stopped drinking and lost 30 pounds, he took up walking a little too but kept his diet otherwise the same so for him it worked.

Post # 7
9781 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would also cut dairy and wheat and added sugar for a week – see how you feel. You absolutely will lose weight. 

You can bring them back in once or twice weekly treat form, but keep them out of your regular rotations.

Post # 8
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve given up alcohol during the week to help lose weight, but that didn’t help with the bloat very much. What REALLY made a difference was increasing my protein and eating clean. I’m NOT saying low-carb or paleo. Just increasing my protein to around 100g a day (I’m a vegetarian, so no easy feat!) really helped. Clean food (not processed) really helped with the bloat too. Good luck!

Post # 9
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The way you worded your post, it seems like you’re not trying to drop weight so much as get rid of the bloat? If that’s the case, no need to cut out booze now. Just stop eating all starches / sugars / carbs (yes, even fruit!) for a week before your wedding, and you’ll drop anywhere from three to seven pounds of water weight. You will be the last thing from bloated on the big day!

If you’re actually trying to lose weight, yep, alcohol is the first thing you should cut. Empty, delicious calories. 🙂 And the body burns alcohol before fat, every time, so if you’re on a diet, drinking is like  shooting yourself in the foot.

Post # 10
2640 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

catpeaches:  Hmmm, this is going to make me sound like an alcoholic. I just have a high tolerance. I’m 5’9″/130lbs and I was drinking about 4 nights a week, 3-4 drinks per night. Part of the reason I quit is because that much can’t be healthy for me!

I’ve also seen a change in my mood and energy levels. I feel brighter, happier, more energized. I was previously feeling sluggish and depressed, so I’m quite pleased with the change (and loss of water weight! I had a little belly).

Post # 11
9230 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Yup.  I quit drinking & dropped 20 lbs.  I stay away from the stuff now to maintain at 119 lbs.  Alcohol definitely puts weight on me.

Post # 12
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have to cut back on drinking to lose weight. My willpower goes out the window when I have had even just a couple.

Post # 13
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What works for me is cutting out wine/any alochol Monday-Friday. I can enjoy wine over the weekend with my friends and fiance and still lose weight. I lost a lot of weight just by cutting wine out of the workweek. 

Post # 14
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

gingerkitten:  How much weight did you lose and how much time after stopping.  My wedding is in 23 days and I def need to lose a few

Post # 15
24 posts

Please don’t just cut out food groups, for the sake of losing weight…. first off are you drinking enough water??? That is the most important, even when trying to lose a couple extra pounds. If you cut out food groups a week before the wedding and then eating them on your wedding day/night you will bloat like crazy. Make sure your eating enough healthy fats (nuts, avocado, nut butters, fish oils, egg yolks, etc) next please don’t be afraid of carbs!! They are your friend, just make sure it’s something like complex carbs such as yams, brown rice, sprouted grain breads etc. eat lots of fruit and veggies. You can cut out added artificial sugars, this will help a lot!!

Also Stress can cause bloating and if you are stressed try to reduce it and that can really help too!!!

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