Post # 16
Yup, Weight Watchers is great! You could technically have a glass of wine every night using it, but you would have to eat less otherwise. When I was losing with WW I found that it just wasn’t worth having the wine in general, but I’d go for it once a week or so.
But I still ate ice cream every night. Teehee.
Post # 17
i think as long as you don’t drink everynight and limited to 1 glass each time.. i should be fine.
haha, I limit my quota for the better wine :p
Post # 18
Thanks all! Appreciate the insight. Fiance and I decided no more wine on week nights until the wedding. It’s time to get serious!
Post # 19
I lost weight before I was legally able to drink, and lost weight drinking 3 – 5 servings of alcohol (usually wine) per week. I never noticed a difference in my success. The problem with alcohol and losing weight is that people tend to eyeball portion sizes…badly. A 4 ounce glass of wine can range from around 80 calories to about 130 calories, depending on how sweet or dry it is. Most people tend to grab a wine glass and conclude, “This is it!” Some wine glasses can hold as much as 8 ounces.
I had a male friend who was insistent that he was only drinking “two glasses” of wine every night, but couldn’t lose weight. It turns out his glasses of wine were about 300 – 400 calories more altogether than what he thought.
Post # 20
No one mentioned this so I thought I would throw it out there. If you are counting calories, you need to make sure to measure a proper 6 oz serving of wine. Most people pour an entire glass full so they are getting a lot more than the serving size that equals only about 100 calories.
Post # 21
julesbeeb: I have friends that drink 4oz of wine a day and still lose weight. So it’s possible =)
Post # 22
Your body burns the alcohol calories first, so you’re not burning fat calories.
I had to give up alcohol completely to lose weight. I dropped over 20 lbs just by doing that.
So, I do think it will slow down your weight loss. But, everyone’s body is different. Ymmv.
Post # 23
sassy411: congratulations!!! I sadly think that is the case for me too. I am already giving it up on weekdays, now just for special occasions 🙁
Post # 24
When I was on WW, I found that on the weeks where I had more than one drink (with everything else being more or less the same, never going over my points) that my weight loss was slower.
What I ended up doing was making white wine spritzers (in the spring/summer) – club soda in with the wine, and a few thin slices of peach or a couple of raspberries in the glass. It felt very special, and I didn’t want to go to that much effort every single day, lol! I found that gin and vodka based drinks have the least calories for boozy drinks. Rum has a surprisingly high sugar content, and liqueurs just pretty much are not worth it.
Post # 25
DomesticDiva: Haha, yes! I am on WW and have seemed to replace my nightly glass of wine with an ice cream bar! 😉 Hubby had wine last night and I was jealous, then realized I had a double chocolate bar in the freezer waiting for me.
Post # 26
julesbeeb: Yes, it is. If you have one glass of red, it is normally 125 calories. If that is your only spurge of the day and you are burning more than you are consuming, you will lose weight.
Why nutritionists don’t like it is that it is an empty calorie– no nutritional value. If you have a super nutritious diet and your only empty calories come from wine, it is fine.
Post # 27
Depends on the sugar content of the wine you’re drinking. Whites generally contain more sugar. And like other Bees are saying, calories in, calories out. If you really need to drink, then you’ll have to take the calories out from another meal to at least maintain your weight. I pretty much gave up all sugar and alcohol for my June wedding. However, come my wedding day, I plan on stuffing my face with cake and drinking everyone under the table!