Question: Can alcohol stall your weight loss?

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kingkeld

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 23:18
Hi gang,

I had my first day as a weight loss teacher yesterday, and of course there are questions flying everywhere.

I got one that I have never heard of before, and I now call to you guys to hear if you have any opinions on the topic.

"Is it true that alcohol will stall your weight loss up to a whole week"?

I have never heard of this, or experienced it myself, so I am curious what you guys think.

Any opinions?

Keld.

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erika2633

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 23:27
I think the biggest truth behind that would be that alcohol contains a lot of extra calories and often leads to excess eating/snacking that you may not have done without the alcohol (personal experience) - so on that note, it may "stall" you, but in the same way that eating a box of Twinkies will "stall" you..


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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:23
Alcohol is fermented sugar, therefore is full of carbs. The problem with alcohol is that your body will burn the extra calories from the sugar before burning anything else. So when you watch your calorie intake and exercise, And decide to have a drink, it is not going to stall your weight for a week, it is just gonna take more exercise to burn the excess calories.
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ferlengheti

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:28
1. Alcohol is pointless calories. 2. Alcohol is mostly sugar, as per MommaBrennan's answer, so it gets processed before anything else. 3. Alcohol slackens your resolve about food. Look at me... I'm pretty good at calorie-counting and self control when I don't drink, but one glass leads to 4 or more, and a few glasses leads me to latenight kebabs, chinese, second dinner, carbcoma, etc. It can be a good idea to set some really good boundaries around drinking, at least at first. Like, booze on a spike day only (although I guarantee your carb monster will turn up when you have a hangover) or limit to 1-2 glasses twice a week, factored into your RDI. For me, because I'm a binger, I have to either not drink, or DRINK. =/
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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:40
In my experience, if the alcohol is part of your RDI, it doesn't cause a significant effect. But the issue is when either the alcohol exceeds RDI or prompts you to eat more than your RDI, as Ferlengheti pointed out. I find a glass of wine with dinner (within my RDI) makes me feel like I'm "not" on a diet and enjoy my food more (thank you, tannins), and I don't see noticable dehydration or bloating as a result.
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posterchild6...

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:56
Absolutely false. I have gone crazy with booze, and usually end up with a new low the following week. I could highlight many dates on my calendar for you, this week will be another one.

Yes, its empty calories, yes, we lose control of our diets. Duh.

Now, Can I erase a week of my weight loss by going on a weekend bender? Yes. But in your system of "indulgence day" which is a single day, I have not found it easy to stall me for a week. I can certainly stall a few days.

Bottom line is, I think we can all agree if your serious about weight loss it often means limiting or eliminating your alcohol intake. Many diets suggest 30 days of abstinence starting out.

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Snow833

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 01:51
I never understood drinking alcohol. Last time a drank some wine was 2 years ago, a can of beer 5 years ago. I don't like the taste of it. They are just empty calories, you start acting like a fool and in the morning you get a hangover , oh what fun.
paperiniko

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 02:53
well drinking wine or a beer does not imply ending up regularly drunk the morning after unless you are an idiot.
Wine is not only a delicious complement for a good meal but in moderation (1 or 2 glasses per day) has also health benefit, particularly red one. There is no reason why it should stall fat loss any more or less than any other food provided that it does not push you over your calories "budget"
schmetterlin...

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 03:11
I am a G&T girl myself. I have certainly lowered my intake & always calculated in my RDI. I don't think I ever stalled because of it. I do eat a lot more than I drink alcohol. What always stall me is too much salt, although its got no calories as such it makes you retain a lot of water. Need to remember: Everything in moderation Smile
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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 03:50
Hi guys,I don't like wine.I never listen before alcohol stall your weight loss.Thanks for giving their views.
kingkeld

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 04:02
You guys are pretty much confirming what I already thought. I don't really see any reason that alcohol would stall you, unless you either don't count the calories or you go nuts and overeat/drink because of the alcohol.
I think this will be the answer I will bring back to my class Monday, unless something more "scientific" comes up. Smile

Thanks, guys! Expect many more questions like this coming. I think it's awesome that WE ALL learn and share these things.

Keld.

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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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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 06:56
Alcohol won't "stall" body mass loss unless it takes you out of a calorie deficit.

For many people, in fact, alcohol tends to move the scale lower because of its dehydrating effect. That's just a reflection of water balance, of course, and not body fat.

But more to the point, the way the body preferentially metabolizes alcohol but does not store it, means it's also possible to drink beyond your maintenance calorie level and not add body fat - if you manipulate your diet correctly.
See: The truth about alcohol, fat loss and muscle growth

Also, the idea that is alcohol is "mostly sugar" or "full of carbs" is not categorically true. Fermented sugar is no longer sugar. Some drinks contain carbohydrate or sugar in addition to the alcohol, but many do not. For example: vodka
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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 07:04
I've never been a huge drinker so I can't really talk from my own experience. However when Mum used to join me for weight loss groups, you could always chart how "good" her weekend had been, by her weight loss. Not only did alcohol _not_ make her stall, she could lose 4-5lb a week. Whereas a less salubrious weekend would only be .5-1lb.

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Soulnoid

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 09:02
I agree with most of the above.

I use to drink 5 nights a week and it added lbs, but I drink 1 night a week now and a lot less. It has not caused me a problem. The point is, don't drink every night and think you are going to lose weight. Another trick I do now is I will drink before I eat my meal to get the buzz I want, it hits a lot quicker with a lot less and then I stop drinking for the night. A little planning goes a long way. I don't think I could give up my microbrews and i am also a home brewer.
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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 09:48
Depends on what type of beverage you consume. If I have beer or a mixed drink, or anything full of excess sugar/carbs, I'm guaranteed to add weight. If I stick with low carb such as hard liquor like whiskey, tequila, vodka by itself or with diet soda, I have no detrimental effect; in most cases I'll lose an lb or two thanks to some dehydration, which is fine by me since I'm leaner in the morn. I don't sweat the calories with the diet I'm on. Calories coming from carbs are really the only type that works against me.

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 17:21
Oh oh oh... and if you drink a lot, there will prolly be a massive drop the next morning because of dehydration, but it's a false loss. The day after that there will often be a slight false gain from water retention. It takes 3 days at least to balance back where your Actual weight is.
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coachcj8

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 21:20
I've heard that if you drink after exercise it immediately stop your EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which is the period of time after exercise where your metabolism is really bookin and you're burning up a lot of calories. The alcohol provides an immediate energy source so the only thing you will burn off is the beer.
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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 02:21
alcohol is an empty calorie , whats mixed with the alcohol eg: cane sugars, perhaps barley and wheat may give off some form of nutrition ... the body usually stores empty calories from alcohol which can ultimately be turned into fat (excess energy). your metabolism , genetics and how much and how often u drink obviously all plays a role . personally i find that those booze weekends hinder my progress
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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 02:43
I'm not a drinker so I don't know anything about alcohol. The only thing I'm sure is too much of anything is not good. I learn a lot from your comments.
rksoup

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 11:05
My love of beer is partly why I'm here. I'm now in a low-carb lifestyle and ironically, now find that any beer (even those nasty low carb ones) will stall my loss for the day and leave me bloated and gassy the next day. However, vodka and whiskey don't affect me at all. I think for most people, as long as you factor in the calories to your daily RDI and watch your sugary mixers you should be good. However, some people may be hypersensitive to it. If someone is in a stall, cutting out the alcohol to see the effect would be smart.



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