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August 7, 2012 2:21 PM
happy Hi all, I'm new to this site and love it. My question is - if you like to drink alcohol like me, do you try and cut down to keep your calorie count lower, or do you do loads of exercise to make up for the calories, or do you just cut it out altogether as you're trying to lose weight and get fitter?

What's the best approach to alcohol and can it work? Thanks for any advice you can give.
  26943542
August 7, 2012 2:22 PM
I cut out 'demon drinks' until I am fit. But, that is just me.
August 7, 2012 2:25 PM
I drink less often than I used to.
  3997270
August 7, 2012 2:26 PM
I've given it up and don't miss it any more as I feel so much healthier :-)
  14819038
August 7, 2012 2:27 PM
I open mouth and consume demons.
  2221724
August 7, 2012 2:28 PM
I drink some wine... 1-2 glasses a few nights a week. But I burn a lot of calories running. When I'm gearing up for a race I cut it out entirely (usually) for the week or so leading up as it messes with my hydration levels and such.

I've not had a problem losing but then I eat 2100 calories/day to lose, so 150-300 coming from wine doesn't have me sacrificing much nutrition.
August 7, 2012 2:28 PM
I cut back. It's not just about calories but also macros. When I do drink, I try to choose better options and don't have more than 2 unless it's a super special occasion.
August 7, 2012 2:28 PM
I limit myself to straight spirits, not too high calorie
  24315696
August 7, 2012 2:29 PM
I rarely go out anymore, but if my friends invite me I will because I will be moving out of the country soon. However, rather than having 5 or 6 vodka cranberry juices, I have no more than 2 or 3. And I either work out earlier in the day if I know I'm going out and if I don't know, then I work out extra the next day. I try to stay away from alcohol though because my family has a strong addictive history to drugs and alcohol, plus I hate how I feel like crap the next day. I'd much rather run :D
  7352376
August 7, 2012 2:29 PM
I drink a glass of wine or a beer almost every single day. And on the weekends...well...I have more. I just make sure I've got the calories for it! Hasn't hindered my weight loss or health in the least. Everything in moderation...some people like a bit of ice cream, some people like a slice of pizza, I like a good glass of wine or nice frosty beer.
  14254396
August 7, 2012 2:29 PM
I stopped drinking

I don't have the taste for it anymore and find it very unhealthy
August 7, 2012 2:29 PM
I count the calories for wine.
If I drink spirits I mix with club soda
I make sure I don't eat crap while drinking. smile
August 7, 2012 2:29 PM
I've cut back dramatically in the last 4 weeks.
It was having a really bad effect on my relationship aswell as my diet.
I think everything is fine in moderation
  25572715
August 7, 2012 2:29 PM
I pour it into my mouth usually.

I cut down to 1 beer a day (usually) and work out to make the calories back. I've consumed 504 unique beers since I started my diet and have lost 67lbs.
Edited by DopeItUp On August 7, 2012 2:30 PM
August 7, 2012 2:30 PM
I found an awesome recipe for skinny margaritas! :)
  6874141
August 7, 2012 2:30 PM
QUOTE:

I drink some wine... 1-2 glasses a few nights a week. But I burn a lot of calories running. When I'm gearing up for a race I cut it out entirely (usually) for the week or so leading up as it messes with my hydration levels and such.

I've not had a problem losing but then I eat 2100 calories/day to lose, so 150-300 coming from wine doesn't have me sacrificing much nutrition.


Ditto on the pre-race thing. I tend not to drink at all for a few days leading up to a race, up to a week for longer ones, just from a hydration stand point. Otherwise I don't deprive myself.
  14254396
August 7, 2012 2:30 PM
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happy do you do loads of exercise to make up for the calories


Do this, once you figure out how much work it is to work off one drink you really won't feel like having a second.
Edited by McBully4 On August 7, 2012 2:34 PM
August 7, 2012 2:31 PM
Drink it.. but include in daily allowance !!
  20768014
August 7, 2012 2:31 PM
I've cut down to drinking only at weekends and make sure I burn off the calories first. Good luck.
  16841076
August 7, 2012 2:31 PM
QUOTE:

I stopped drinking

I don't have the taste for it anymore and find it very unhealthy


It's only unhealthy in excess, just like anything.
  14254396
August 7, 2012 2:31 PM
One glass of red wine on most nights. I budget for it in the calorie tracker.
August 7, 2012 2:32 PM
I just count the calories, like I count from everything else I consume. My husband and I are home brewers because we like home brewed beer. One a day is 140 calories, about the same as a soda, but it contains much better nutrition. Just don't over do it :-)
August 7, 2012 2:33 PM
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happy Hi all, I'm new to this site and love it. My question is - if you like to drink alcohol like me, do you try and cut down to keep your calorie count lower, or do you do loads of exercise to make up for the calories, or do you just cut it out altogether as you're trying to lose weight and get fitter?

What's the best approach to alcohol and can it work? Thanks for any advice you can give.


on the days im planning on going out drinking, I do tend to eat less.. then I get the double wammy of more calories free for alcohol, and I get drunk on less drinks because im drinking on an empty stomach.

that said, you cant do that often, or multiple days in a row or anything... if you socially drink everynight, you're going to have to eat your full amount of regular food, and just exercise a crapload more to "afford" the alcohol calorie wise.... but if its an occasional thing, no harm in reducing food as long as you can take it mentally...
August 7, 2012 2:33 PM
Depends on how you define 'drinking'... sometimes I'll have a glass of wine with dinner, but be sure to count for it / eat healthy meals all day... or if I'm partying then I exercise a ton in the morning. That way if I down a good 800 calories between drinks and food (not gonna lie, usually it's pizza) I'm all good. Either way, it gets counted and I enjoy life. :P
August 7, 2012 2:33 PM
Very seldom i go out with friends and drink. I do not count those calories. If I am at home and have a few drinks, I make sure I have enough calories to do so, I love vodka!

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