Post # 1
I’ve gained a little bit of wait in the past six months or so and I want to lose it. It’s not a ton–I’m 5″4 and about 130-135 lbs now, whereas historically it’s been more like 115-120. I’m a long-time vegetarian and eat lightly/healthily–a lot of fruit, vegetables, salads, hummus etc. I don’t really have an exercise routine but I do ride my bike and walk a lot. I’m 25, so part of the weight gain might just be my metabolism starting to slow down.
The other side of the equation is that I drink a LOT. I drink every night, probably an average of 3-5 drinks per night, more on weekends. Usually beer or wine but sometimes mixed drinks like vodka/grapefruit juice. I don’t know how many calories I’m drinking and I’m kind of afraid to find out. So now I’m wondering, is drinking so much having a major effect on my weight? Do you think that cutting alcohol from my diet would help me shed the 10-ish lbs that I want to lose? Does anyone have any experience with this?
Post # 2
I do a workout program where we still are allowd to have 3 glasses of wine a week and be okay, but if you are having several glasses a day and incorperating other drinks i do think that that can have an effect on your weight. Beer has a ton of carbs in it so since dieting have avoided that as much as i can. Also, some mixed drinks, esp. the juices, have a TON of sugar in it – i will go for like vodka and seltzer, etc. if i want a mixed drink or sometimes go for a rum and coke (although soda isnt good either lol). I do think if you cut back to even a few glasses of wine a week, and drink water if you dont already do so, that can help if you are already eating healthy like fruits, veggies, salads, etc!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
I did crew in college as the coxswain. To get down to racing weight, I practiced a dry season each spring where I wouldn’t drink alcohol from about a month before the first race through the end. I dropped 10-12lbs over the course of the season from cutting out the alcohol (and all those calories, and all that late night snacking that would inevitably happen after) and pairing it with a bit more cardio on weekend mornings (which I could now fit into my schedule since I didn’t spend the morning hungover).
It worked for me and I definitely think it’s worth a try for anyone looking to lose weight and recognizes that they drink a good bit. Even if you average ~100 calories per drink (which can be conservative depending on the type of beer you drink), that could be 300-500 calories per day you’re saving!
Post # 4
Oh yeah alcohol= major weight gain. If you cut out just a couple days your drink i bet you will lose weight pretty quickly.
One shot of vodka is like 120 calories and that doesn’t even include what your mixing it with
If you are drinking 3-5 legitimate drinks a night ( like exactly one shot, 5 oz wine) you are easily drinking 500 calories a day. Cut out your weekday drinking and I bet you will lose ten lbs in a month lol. Thats a lot of empty calories.
The best weight loss drink IMO is vodka with diet tonic. I would cut down the drinking to 2 days a week and have that be your weekend drink.
Post # 5
it 100% would make a difference. Most exercise programs recommend cutting out alcohol all together, or limiting intake at least.
Post # 6
It sounds like you’re consuming a pretty high number of calories through alcohol. I’d recommend logging your food every day for a week or so with My Fitness Pal just to get an idea of how much you are actually consuming, then make a diet plan from there.
EDIT: I just realized you said you’re drinking 3-5 drinks per night, which is a LOT of alcohol. You should cut back for more reasons than weight gain, that is really unhealthy and bordering on being a drinking problem. Sorry bee!
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
A typical drink is about 100 calories. So that’s 300-500 empty calories that you are consuming each day. That’s definitely enough to lead to weight gain.
Post # 8
I heard that when you drink, your metabolism tanks because your body spends so much effort to take care of the alchohol in your system or something like that. I forgot the explanation but did a quick google:
Post # 9
Given the amount that you say you drink, yes, I think cutting down would definitely help.
Don’t think of it as just helping you lose weight, but being healthier in general. 3-5 drinks a night and more on weekends is a LOT of alcohol. People that consume a lot of alcohol tend to have vitamin deficiencies (especially B vitamins) not to mention additional stress on their organs (not just the liver).
Post # 10
That is a lot of alcohol — especially for someone as petite as you. I’d trim back, say no drinking during the week, and then limit drinking on the weekends. If you are just used to drinking, maybe sub in sparkling water or a low-cal mocktail so you have something to sip on at night.
Depending on the drinks, 3-5 drinks can be anywhere from an additional 300-500 calories per day to over 1000+. If you cut out the drinking even just on the week days, I am pretty positive you will see a difference in just a few weeks.
Post # 11
Thanks a lot for your responses, everyone. I know that drinking as much as I do isn’t good for a bunch of reasons, but I just really enjoy it! Which is why it’s great to have a reason to quit/cut back. I’m actually looking forward to stopping now. I really appreciate everybody’s replies.
Post # 12
Yes it will! If you’d like to see how many calories you’re consuming from alcohol (this shocked me as well), this is a good resource: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/Tools/Calculators/Calorie-Calculator.aspx
Post # 13
If you cut the alcohol you would definitely lose. Plus you will save money! But honestly 3-5 drinks a day is binge drinking it’s unhealthy and I would be concerned you might find it more challenging not drinking that much if you are consuming that much and more on the weekends. Try to cut back to one drink preferably wine on week nights and no more then 3 maybe once during the weekend.
Post # 14
I feel you! I work in a pretty social place where cocktails and happy hours are the norm. I gained about 15lbs over the past 2 years by working here and indulging regularly. I have cut back to weekend cocktails only through the rest of the summer and then I plan to dry out through the Holidays. I can already feel the difference by not drinking during the week- my workouts are more consistant, I sleep better, have a healthier head when it’s time to eat, and I’m not bloated during the week. After a weekend of drinking I’m easoly up 5lbs, but by Tuesday or Wednesday I’m back down to my normal weight. I’m 100% sure that I will be able to drop the 15 lbs I gained (and then some) by cutting out the alcohol.
Now, during the week if I feel like drinking something other than water, I reach for a flavored sparkling water, iced tea, or a NA beer. Alot of times I will pack those beverages in the cooler when we have outing or go to the lake. I feel way less bad about a belly full of sparkling water and sitting on a boat than a belly full of beer sitting on a boat.
Post # 15
Yes, the drinking is absolutely impacting your weight. Since you enjoy it (and I do, too), try cutting down to one per night. Use MyFitnessPal to track your calories.