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Carrotsnapper's picture

Drinking wine (post #57122)

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This may seem a bit obvious but it had never occured to me that wine would make me fat!  I've been drinking wine with dinner every night since the end of November.  Around Christmas I noticed that I was laying down chub but couldn't figure out why.  Then when I got home from Thailand I couldn't squeeze into any of my clothes.  I hadn't realized in Thailand because everything I wore was loose, breezy stuff.  Anyways, when I stepped on the scale to my horror I had gained 20lbs!!!!  I can hardly wrap my brain around it but this is the truth.  I've been working out 4-5 days a week for about 1 hour.  Half cardio half pilates or yoga.  Still, not a single pound has been shed.  I've cut my calories back (less 500cal/day).  What the heck?  Oh, and I've quit drinking wine with dinner.  Any suggestions?

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PeterDurand's picture

(post #57122, reply #1 of 52)

Just for the hell of it I stopped drinking wine (and other alcohols) for 2 months a few months ago. Lost 12 pounds..no other change in lifestyle.

For what its worth.

Cheers,

Peter

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #57122, reply #2 of 52)

Yup. I did it for medical reasons. VERY empty calories. 

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assibams's picture

(post #57122, reply #12 of 52)

Bernie did the same after a pretty scary incident on the hotel room's scales in Chicago ;-) Two months of eating more sensibly (as in not finishing all the kids' plates) and almost no alcohol he has lost about 10lbs.


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Lee's picture

(post #57122, reply #3 of 52)

Yes indeed, wine can pack on the pounds.  I was bemoaning my 10 pound weight gain to my internist a couple of years ago, and she started asking questions about my diet.  I eat pretty healthfully overall, but the glass or two of wine I was enjoying every evening added about 100 to 200 calories to my daily intake.  It also can lead to some water retention.  Over the course of a year, voila!  Tight waistbands and veeery clingy skirts.  I began limiting wine to a glass or two on weekends, if any, and lost those 10 pounds pretty quickly.  Who wudda thunk?

TracyK's picture

(post #57122, reply #4 of 52)

If you like a (single, 6-ounce) glass of wine with dinner, it is likely relatively easy to find 200 calories elsewhere in your day to cut. Or only do it 2-3 times a week, etc. Planning ahead is everything... and as in all othr things, moderation is key.


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MadMom's picture

(post #57122, reply #5 of 52)

ITA - I would much rather cut out bread or something I don't enjoy as much as my nightly glass of wine.



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Carrotsnapper's picture

(post #57122, reply #7 of 52)

Wow!  I'm glad to hear other people's stories.  I love a glass of wine with dinner.  Love it.  But I love fitting in my jeans just a little bit more!  I read that when you drink wine (or any other alcohol) your body quits burning fat for awhile because your body is using the converted alcohol (acetate) as it's energy source. 


Interesting.  I'll see what happens over the course of the next few months, I guess.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

dilly's picture

(post #57122, reply #8 of 52)

Anyone remember the "Drinking Man's Diet"?  No carbs at all in your food, but you could drink all you want. 

Gretchen's picture

(post #57122, reply #9 of 52)

I read that when you drink wine (or any other alcohol) your body quits burning fat for awhile because your body is using the converted alcohol (acetate) as it's energy source. 


Your body burns the most available source of energy FIRST--and alcohol is right there. It is the ready freddy.


Just count the calories--and they are empty calories. And they add up so quickly.


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PeterDurand's picture

(post #57122, reply #10 of 52)

OK, this may sound dumb, but what are "empty" calories? Are there full ones? Methought that a calorie was the measurement of a unit of heat.

Cheers,

Peter

 

plantlust's picture

(post #57122, reply #11 of 52)

Empty calorie as in no other health benees BUT the energy. Kindof like eating a spoonful of sugar. Pure energy but empty (no vitamin C, no fiber, no iron etc).

Can I just rip out my nose & replace it with a temporary model until this cold is gone?

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TracyK's picture

(post #57122, reply #14 of 52)

Is there any legitimate science that backs up the oft-cited claims about how the body processes different foods in different ways?


Or is the idea that "a calorie is a calorie, no matter where it comes from" actually the way it works?


From my own personal experience (having tried just about every fad diet in the known universe at one point or another, and having had the most success with an "eat less move more" approach), I'm more inclined to believe the latter, but there is so much "science" about these diets that eliminate one particular subset of food groups or another that it's very tempting to believe the claims.


The larger point being, "empty" calories don't really matter, so long as you're still burning more calories than you take in. And you learn pretty quickly that an excess of empty calories is not a wise choice if you don't want to be hungry or lethargic.


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RuthWells's picture

(post #57122, reply #24 of 52)

Or is the idea that "a calorie is a calorie, no matter where it comes from" actually the way it works?


My guess is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, but that certain calories are more nutritionally fulfilling than others.  In other words, if I "use" 200 calories on a glass of wine, I'm still hungry afterwards and will "use" another 200 calories on, say, cheese and crackers.  Whereas if I start with the cheese and crackers, I am sufficiently fulfilled as to not require more calories.


("Woman cannot live on wine alone." -- ?)


Just a theory.



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Edited 3/1/2007 7:03 pm ET by RuthWells


Edited 3/1/2007 7:03 pm ET by RuthWells

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soupereasy's picture

(post #57122, reply #25 of 52)

"Woman cannot live on wine alone"
Perhaps, but it certainly makes some days easier!lol

TracyK's picture

(post #57122, reply #26 of 52)

True.


But if you plan ahead, you can be satiated by your food choices and still enjoy a glass of wine if you like. :-)


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #57122, reply #27 of 52)

I go along your lines, Tracy

I don t like to be restrictive on my diet at all - I cannot see myself quitting wine, because to me it is part of a good meal. I don t care for beer, I don t care for carbonated beverages (except my Perrier, or club soda with lemon). Wine to me is THE best drink to enjoy dinner.

I never drink at lunch time, though, no matter how great the meal. DOn t know why, it just does not appeal to me

Honestly, I think the best way to keep the weight in check is weighing yourself daily. Contrary to all the advice I see in magazines and websites that claim that there are too many "daily variations", I don t follow that rule. THere are variations, but by checking your weight daily, you get to "know" them. You know when the trend is changing to a "global warming trend", and you can react to it quickly.

I rather have 2 extra pounds to deal with then 5 or 6. :-)

 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #57122, reply #28 of 52)

Amen!  I've given up on ever losing my half a Sally, but still habitually weigh myself every morning.  I was appalled at the weight I had gained when I went to Canada.  Damn Canadians must have slipped some lead into my food!  Anyway, I've managed to lose 5 lbs since I got back, in spite of spending a lot of time in bed and getting zero exercise.  Hopefully I can lose a few more now that I'm a bit more mobile.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #57122, reply #29 of 52)

I never drink at lunch time, though, no matter how great the meal. DOn t know why, it just does not appeal to me


Ummmmm--in Paris? On vacation?  If the answer is still "no", then you're a stronger woman than I!!!  ;o)


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MadMom's picture

(post #57122, reply #30 of 52)

I don't drink at lunch, either, but have to have my glass of wine with dinner.



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #57122, reply #31 of 52)

I don't usually drink wine at lunch here, but in France, I frequently do, unless I am working.


Here, I'll have a glass if I am having a nice sit down lunch or attanding an event, but I brown bag most of the time when I am working.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Gretchen's picture

(post #57122, reply #33 of 52)

There was a time when younger that I might have wine with lunch on occasion, but now, I just know I can't do it.  But on vacation, it is what it is--a vacation!! And Paris just cries out for it--also at 2PM and 4PM and.......


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RuthWells's picture

(post #57122, reply #32 of 52)

Oh, I quite agree.  For me it's potato chips -- if I plan well, I can indulge in a small bag of potato chips with lunch and not skew my overall calories (or sodium, or fat) too terribly.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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Gretchen's picture

(post #57122, reply #13 of 52)

What Plantlust said   


AND    WHERE does she get those tag lines!!!    LOL all the time!!


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Marcia's picture

(post #57122, reply #21 of 52)

I'm quite sure that zoodles are full of empty calories. Yes, I meant to write it just that way.

PeterDurand's picture

(post #57122, reply #22 of 52)

Nah. They fill you right up. :-)

 

Marcia's picture

(post #57122, reply #23 of 52)

They fill you up if you can choke them down. LOL. You seem to have no problem with that, however.

ckells's picture

(post #57122, reply #16 of 52)

For me I find that drinking a glass of wine with dinner makes me slow down to savor it all and I eat less.


Our trip to Paris with my two daughters changed the way I have been eating and cooking. I had to give up the chocolate croissant for breakfast (sob) but a larger lunch than I was used to and then dinner with that glass or two of wine.

Regality's picture

(post #57122, reply #15 of 52)

Never, I repeat NEVER will I give up my glass of wine with dinner.  If it means the death of me, sobeit! I'll go down smiling.  :-)


 


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dilly's picture

(post #57122, reply #17 of 52)

I'm with you, life's to damn short!