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tobee Fri 04-Nov-16 22:23:36

Can you prove what difference no alcohol to your weight loss? Or heavily cutting down? How long did it take you to notice a difference? Or were you combining with healthy eating anyway?

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tobee Fri 04-Nov-16 22:26:45

To clarify, what difference do you think alcohol consumption makes to you personally and I might expect?

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idontlikealdi Fri 04-Nov-16 22:28:18

Depends how much you drink and where else you cut calories from?

I do ww and save points for wine and still lose.

tobee Fri 11-Nov-16 01:19:49

Hi again. I just wondered because if I eat in a certain way for a week it makes a difference but when I've totally abstained from alcohol for a week it doesn't seem to so I wondered if with alcohol it needs to be longer term to notice?

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Cricrichan Wed 16-Nov-16 23:01:32

Alcohol makes a massive difference. I lost a stone doing dry January a few years ago and recently lost weight by slashing my alcohol intake. When I did dry January it took about 3 weeks for me to notice.

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Heratnumber7 Wed 16-Nov-16 23:49:05

Alcohol = sugar. It does make a big difference to how much weight you lose.

AcrossthePond55 Thu 17-Nov-16 01:20:17

Alcohol is the first thing I drop when I want to lose. It's empty calories and I'd rather 'spend' those calories on something else, like a bit of chocolate.

I also notice that if I exceed my calories a little bit with sweets or crisps I usually won't show a gain. If I do it with alcohol, I'll show a gain, even if I've only had one glass of wine. Not sure why that is.

Lokisglowstickofdestiny Mon 21-Nov-16 22:20:02

Alcohol makes your body retain water, it will therefore contribute more to weight gain than food. It is the ultimate in empty calories. 250ml glass of wine has more than 200 calories, I'd rather eat them.

tobee Mon 28-Nov-16 00:02:24

Thanks for these replies. What do you drink as an alcohol (wine) replacement? Unfortunately I don't really like fruit or herbal tea. I think the thing that I'm after is the sugar in alcohol as opposed to the alcohol itself so sometimes I have Diet Coke but I know people say that is problematic.

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AcrossthePond55 Mon 28-Nov-16 02:47:06

I drink San Pellegrino water, either plain or with zero calorie flavour enhancer if I want something sweet. For me it's mostly the bubbles that I crave rather than the sweet.

I'd rather chew glass than drink a diet soda, I think they all taste pretty rank. But with the flavour enhancer I can control the amount I put in and for some reason it doesn't have that chemically taste and aftertaste that diet sodas do.

HarryTheFluff Mon 05-Dec-16 22:49:03

Alcohol makes me put on about 3-5lb, just temporary water weight that disappears after a week. Long term it's still about calories in vs calories out!

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