Beer and Social Life

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 18:22
So I've stuck to my diet very well, however, I know I need to cut down on caloric intake from beer. I love beer (obviously my user name) but the calories from it can replace a whole meal! I am super hungry the next day and i know the simple answer, don't drink beer, but I just thought i'd share since someone may have dealt with this better than I am...

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 19:03
Drink less beer?

Judging by your username, I'd guess you're more interested in the artistry of producing interesting beer than you are in getting hammered. If you're at a place that has several interesting beers, see if they'll pour you a tasting flight.

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 23:42
And it is most excellent to offer to be a DD. your friends will owe you a turn once you have hit your goal!
I am not losing weight. I am gaining health. Since April 24, 2012:

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Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 01:34
I know what you mean. My downfall is wine. It doesn't help that none of my friends need to lose weight. At the age of 42 I am finding myself under more "peer pressure" than when I was a teenager! It's always "go on, you can have a few, it won't hurt...." and my willpower just isnt up to saying no. I try to always include it in my food diary though in the hope seeing the empty calories it adds will keep me closer to the straight and narrow.

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Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 02:45
i love wine too when it happens to share a bottle with friends, i never regret it those are generally few hundreds calories (300 for half bottle) well invested and can fit in most days, just make sure to account for it

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 12:27
Thanks for all the advice guys and gals!!! Very useful information.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 13:30
Hey Craftbeer, thought I'd chime in as well.

I wholeheartedly believe that you should never have to give up anything that you love. But moderation is key.

I'm a huge fan of rich, amber beers which have worked against me in weight loss. And now that it's summer, my social circle wants to spend every weekend on the patio or in a beer garden.

The way I try to offset the calories of beer is to eat lightly. Beer usually fills me up, so I have a spinach salad or roasted veggies and a light protein when beer is involved.

Good luck!
195 : Start weight, 3/15/2013
165 : First goal, hit 10/5/2013
145 : Second goal

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 13:35
Giving up my favorite my local brews has been hard, especially in the summer...Sad. I have switched over to vodka and no cal mixers and try save mycouple of beers for days that are REALLY nice out, when I have been REALLY good food and carb wise, and keep it to a couple while REALLY enjoying them.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 14:18
Since I can't have my IPAs anymore, if I want an ice cold beer, I'll have a Michelob Ultra... or whiskey. Since eating better I've become a total lightweight. Surprisingly enough, 2 ultras give me a buzz now. Throw in a Jameson or 6 and I'm golden.

Stay the course, stay on point, stay motivated, dedicated, and you won't be stopped. Discipline. Perseverance. Focus. Dig deep and you will be victorious.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 15:00
I'm in the same boat with the beer... We have a local brewery right down the street and it has been so hard for me to say no to all the awesome beers (Not to mention my husband fills up 2 quart bottles once a week and we have them in the house). I have started drinking Michelob Ultra (which tastes like total crap, but is still a beer)... but mostly I drink whiskey or bourbon with diet ginger ale. But only 2 or 3 because when you are dieting a little whiskey goes along way. My favorite is Bullet or Buffalo Trace.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 17:01
I have the same problem, my social network is mostly pub based, so not going isn't really an option, and cutting back just doesn't work, as after a few I don't have the willpower.

I "gave up" drinking about 4 weeks ago, as it seemed like the only way to avoid the temptation of rounds and helpful friends. now I still go to the pub 2 nights a week, but only drink pints of soda and lime. I must admit I still enjoy myself, but it does take a bit of getting used to.

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