Booze - To count or not to count?

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margd1

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Posted: 07 Dec 2011, 16:37
Calories are calories. They count on your body, so count them! Smile
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Losin25

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Posted: 07 Dec 2011, 17:24
Ginny, since you are in maintenance, I wouldn't worry about it. From what I remember, your goal isn't losing weight at this point and you've once or twice wondered if you go a little overboard with your calorie counting, so in your case, I don't think you should worry about it. Enjoy Life!
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kingkeld

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Posted: 07 Dec 2011, 23:58
I think maintenance or not, if you count calories in general you'd need to count them in alcohol too. There is not point in counting some of your calories and not others.
...once I am in maintenance mode I will STILL be counting...

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 02:36
I have a vodka or two as well and ALWAYS count them.... No point counting calories and not including everything. It is so easy to go a bit overboard on the booze, and then wonder why you have put on weight. By being accountable it keeps you in check. I understand why you are still counting despite being in maintenance, I am assuming you will up your calories gradually - the alcohol won't take such a chunk out of your daily calorie allowance then. Have you thought about having a spike day on Saturday and Wednesday? You could lower your calories by 50 or 75 on the other 5 days, and increase it, on Saturday and Wednesday - as long as your week averages out it doesn't matter.

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loser 24

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 02:50
Hey. i have a tendancy to not drink that often but when i do, i do it in style n normally tend to drink around 12 vodka ands.... and a couple of cocktails. I have always found that the alcohol calories are the most leathel as after a night out drinking i can gain back about 3lbs. Not good times. I think if you are going to drink then you need to count the calories on these other wise you can be cheating yourself.
Runesinger

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 08:03
You definitely need to count alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is something that really sabotages diet success. the pounds will really creep back on if you don't.
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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 08:39
AHHHHH YEAHHHH.... a calorie is a calorie is a calorie... count em all.. let God sort'em out...

Really I counts em all... vodka... Arrogant Bastard dark ale or even that 4oz of white wine... and I restrict my intake. If you're a beer drinker, good luck. I like craft beers and I usually get the 22oz bottles. I got a good stopper that locks in the top of a glass bottle and then I can pop one and pour 4-6oz for the night... then no more than once a week I'll allow myself 1, yes one, 12 to 22oz beer. I don't have alcohol every night either... not yet... the avatar image is what I'll be whence I grow up... Smile... good luck
gnat824

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 08:49
If you're in maintenance and want to give it a shot not counting it, then go for it. The worst that couple happen is that you determine that you do have to go back to counting them. If most of your drinks are consumed on nights when you go dancing, you're probably burning them off- dancing for several hours burns uber calories! Just don't drink MORE because you suddenly don't feel constricted by the calories....
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lee shelly

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 09:09
g.r. my girl, u look hotter than hot , and u are very well disciplined and have the willpower of an ox, i say DRINK ON, and dont worry about those little cals, u burn them damn things away while ur shaking that booty out on the dance floor, u gotta have fun and enjoy life...one life baby
Future Mrs M

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 11:20
I would say it's up to you, according to my nutritionist:

4oz of wine
1oz of liquor
12oz of beer

Despite their different caloric levels are the equivilent of 10g of fat per serving based on how your body processes the alcohol. Something to keep in mind.
sunshine_gir...

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 11:27
I would count them. Your body keeps an accurate diary even if you dont...

But then I would also enter the dancing as excersise and allow an extra "workout allowance" since you are in maintenance I would allow maybe 200 calories extra if you excersise. And anyway as soon as you reach a maintenance level of calories you should not struggle to fit them in!
kingkeld

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 11:53
Good point, Sunshine. Smile

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I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.



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