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Postby fattychops » Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:13 pm

I know this will probably have been asked before.... but

Do you drink while trying to loose weight?

What do you drink?

How much and how often??

I could sooooo go a bottle of wine, but thats apparently a HUGE no no!!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:16 pm

sorry i aint much of a drinker so i cant help you with that one!! would be interested on finding out others thoughts
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Postby KimE » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:32 pm

I don't drink much these days so it's not a big worry for me. But I do have a weakness for Champagne. However, on Saturday, my night off I usually have at least a glass of wine and lately a couple of those jim beam and cola cans already mixed.

From my limited understanding there are a couple of reasons alcohol doesn't go with weight loss. Feel free to jump in a correct me I am talking rubbish. :D

The first is it is very calorie dense, second only to fat. Fat comes in at 9 cals per gram and alcohol is 7 cals per gram. Now I imagine that is a general figure as fat is fat but alcohol can vary greatly. Also alcohol seems to have no nutritional value whatsoever. So if you have it, it is a bit like empty calories. Even fat has some nutritional value especially if eating 'good' fats.

Secondly, and I haven't verified this so could be talking out my backside, but as alcohol is basically a toxin your body is then working to rid itself of the toxin and puts some other functions on hold...namely fat burning.

But hey everything in moderation.
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Postby Dolly » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:33 pm

With some diets, if you have 1 glass of wine you have to omit 1 of your pieces of fruit for the day.
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Postby Garfield » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:53 pm

Sounds reasonable, Kim.
Also alcohol lowers your inhibitions, so you're more likely to chomp into anything fatty or greasy that you come across. At least I am :roll:
I found a chart of some of the different kiljoule counts of various types of alcohol:
http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=56020
There are probably others if you care to google.
It seems the champagne and wine are actually pretty good comparitively. Too bad I usually drink Cruisers :(
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Postby SarahC » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:50 am

I agree with everything so far :D

Myself, I am certainly more likely to reach for a few extra snacks while under the influence! Luckily here at home, there's not too much around that I can do damage with, but still :P

I think it also makes you a lot more hungry the next day. I find that I am quite ravenous. Not sure if that's the alcohol talking or if it's the fact I probably didn't eat much the day before (I always eat less if I know I'm going to be drinking)

I've managed to cut my drinking down by heaps the last couple of months. Probably only about 2-4 glasses of wine a week, which is great :)

Gosh that being said, I have two nights out, tonight and tomorrow night... I promise, promise, promise, not to drink too much! My plan a the moment is to have one glass of water for every glass of wine. Today I will decide on a limit, and stick to it!

Oh and I also thought that alcohol can lower your metabolism too. Not sure if anyone else has been told this too?


Off to the gym I go.... :D
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Postby chubbybubby » Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:13 am

I dont drink, so Im not much help sorry! :shock:
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Postby slimmindown » Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:57 am

I agree with SarahC, The next day my stomach feels like a bottomless pit, which was fine before i changed my habits.
But now no matter how healthy the food is, My stomach(head) wants something it shouldnt have,For example fish and chips :lol:

I do resist though, I have only drank a couple of times in the last few months so it hasnt been a real problem, but with the silly season upon us,it is bound to be on the increase :lol:
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Postby slimmindown » Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:28 pm

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Postby Ally » Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:35 am

That is interesting Sarah about the metabolism thing. Will have to do some digging. I have heard a lot of people say that after a big night out on the grog, that they crave heaps of protein....all things to think about!!
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Postby KimE » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:44 am

Speaking of drinking.

Hehe I found this little gif, had to share. Particularly like the way when the one falls over it keeps on drinking! :lol: Courtesy of the site slimmindown went to http://www.emotihost.com



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Postby slimmindown » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:56 am

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Postby slimmindown » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:57 am

thanks kim worked a treat this time..........

(kim gave me a little help with my emoticons 8) )
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Postby Dolly » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:07 am

Wow thanks Kim I will use that sight often, there are a lot of animations there I do not have in my collection.
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Postby KimE » Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:30 am

Your welcome ladies. :D Thanks slimmindown if you hadn't got the posting of the smiley wrong in the first place I never would have known of the site. It's cool huh? There's so many smileys on there I love it.
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