Post # 1
I want to lose about 5-10 pounds before my wedding day. I still have a year to go and have recently started going to the gym.
Thing is, I like to drink wine and drink 2 glasses about 2-4 times per week. One of my friends who got married recently stopped drinking completely about 6 months before the wedding day! That is a really long time…
Has anyone else stopped drinking for weight loss purposes?
Post # 3
When i got real serious about losing weight before the wedding, I stopped drinking. It IS unnecessary calories and it’s essentially sugar/carbs you’re consuming. Those 2 glasses are probably around 200-300 calories, or 20-30 minutes of cardio to burn off. Over time, it does add up. But you could just wait and stop drinking a couple months before the wedding–no need to deny yourself now if you’ll really miss it. I still did happy hours up until a couple months before the wedding but started picking smarter drinks. You can easily lose the 5-10 through diet in particular–revamping that will help the most.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
You could start small and cut down to one glass on the days you decide to have wine. That alone should make a difference. But pretty much every diet I’ve tried eliminates alcohol, in the end. So perhaps once you get down to the 1-2 month mark, you might consider reducing further.
Post # 5
The key is to burn more calories than you’re consuming. Theoretically, as long as you increase your exercise enough, you should be able to continue to drink the same amount you already do. I enjoy a glass or two of wine several times a week too, and my weight stays the same if I drink as normal and exercise once a week. I’m not actively trying to lose weight though!
Post # 6
DIET???? Oh gosh, dieting is sooo hard for me! I love food too much! My Fiance always tells me that if I want to lose weight that is how I will see results but I always say I’d rather work out double than change my diet! Then I go to work out and only workout for an hour (the usual).
Post # 7
When I cut back on drinking i did notice a difference-maybe at least cut it in half and see if it helps. I also find that the less i drink, the less i want to or think about it.
In terms of workouts focus on intensity rather than length. Walking at a moderate pace on the treadmill for an hour may be good for you but it is not going to make you skinny. At the end you will barely have burned off 2 glasses of wine. Intense workouts and adding weight training to my routine made a huge difference!
Post # 8
You can easily do that in one year. My Fiance lost close to 60 pounds in a year on the South Beach diet and still drinks red wine. You probably don’t have to follow it as closely b/c you only want to lose 5-10 pounds. I would suggest just reducing your carbs and sugars. My Fiance doesn’t eat a lot of sweets and never eats white pasta, white rice, or white bread. I know dieting is hard, but my Fiance says that he doesn’t crave carbs anymore, and there are lots of great foods you can eat! A lot of carbs are just filler anyway.
Post # 9
aside from the fact that alcohol is basically carbs and sugar, which are never helpful for weight loss, one other little factoid that makes alcohol anathema in dieting plans is that your body doesn’t metabolize fat while you have alcohol in your system. The alcohol content in the bloodstream does something to disrupt that process – so, yeah, no fat burned while there is alcohol in your blood. That’s why so many diet plans cut it out completely (or at least drastically reduce the amount “allowed”)
Post # 10
I would just cut back on the wine a little and beef up the workouts! 🙂
Did any of you see this a few years back? There are many articles like this one:
Post # 11
If 5-10 pounds is your goal, I’m assuming that you are just trying to tone up and perfect your body. 🙂 That’s were I am too. I’m small, but soft haha! And have a little pudge on the belly I’d like to get rid of…
Unfortunately, it’s those last small amounts that can be tougher to lose than say 20-30 pounds…
I don’t know what you eat on a regular basis so I’m not judging you, however unfortunately weight loss for men and women are different. Diet is extremely important in women. Our metabolisms work differently. Working out twice as much to eat what you want probably isn’t going to work… and just cutting out a glass of wine or two isn’t going much if you’re food calorie intake is higher as well. (That’s good news that you can keep drinking your wine!!)
Like @jenbrandner said, the key is to burn more calories then you are consuming… for instance, the almond crossiant that I LOVE at Au Bon Pain is about 600 calories… that would be about a 2 hour work out just for the crossiant! (Edit- I don’t do a 2 hour workout for a crossiant, I just eat the thing, it was just an example of the calories in calories out theory)
The good news is… you don’t really have to “diet”. There are small cutbacks that you can do that you probably won’t even realize are missing.
If what I’ve said is true to you, and you want some of my day to day tips, then let me know and I’ll share…I eat well and never feel deprived or that I’m on a “diet.”