Alcohol

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    Mar 29, 2013 9:45 PM GMT
    I'm trying really hard to clean up my eating. I've changed my diet to focus on lean protein, vegetables and fruits, with a lot less carbs than I used to eat. Nothing processed, no sugar, etc.

    But I like to have a couple drinks on the weekend, especially, but there's a lot of calories in things like beer.

    Just wondering how other guys handle this?
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    Mar 29, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    Do you know what empty calories are? If not, look it up! Beer is loaded with them.
  • Lucky350

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    Mar 30, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    Its called a diet honey.... =)
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    Mar 30, 2013 6:20 AM GMT
    Lucky350 saidIts called a diet honey.... =)

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    Mar 30, 2013 6:34 AM GMT
    The best possible thing to do would be to cut all alcohol from your diet. Period. But...most of us appreciate a drink every now and again. Moderation is the key. A drink or two can be okay. The most important consideration is to not binge drink. That will compromise your results severely.
  • gwuinsf

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    Mar 30, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    This is one of the better summaries I've read on alcohol and fat loss. The summary is that a few drinks are not as bad as you might think, but moderation is always the key. (Despite being on LGs the article isn't IF-centric.)

    http://www.leangains.com/2010/07/truth-about-alcohol-fat-loss-and-muscle.html
  • Medjai

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    Mar 30, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    An indulgence won't ruin your goals, but the extent of your indulgence will affect your progress. You weigh the pros and cons, and choose for yourself.
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    Mar 30, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
    If you want to have drinks on the weekend, make it part of your plan. Say "I'll have drinks on Saturday night" or whatever... but if you can't cut out drinking, don't tell yourself "I'm never drinking". You set yourself up for failure.

    One night of drinking isn't going to kill you. It'll slow down your progress to one degree or another, but it also helps your psychological process. You don't feel so much like you're depriving yourself. It's in that mental state of deprivation that we fall off the wagon completely.
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    Mar 30, 2013 7:19 PM GMT
    Drunk babies are both perplexed and and bewildered at this effort to bad mouth booze.
    Drunk_Babies_.jpg
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    Mar 30, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    FranciscoC saidDrunk babies are both perplexed and and bewildered at this effort to bad mouth booze.
    Drunk_Babies_.jpg



    Hahahaha.. that's awesome.

    I appreciate everyone's advice and opinions on this. It helps a lot.

    Thanks to all who replied.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Mar 30, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    vodka, club soda, generous squeeze of fresh lime.
  • Montague

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    Mar 30, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    Do you know how much alcohol you have to drink in order for it to make an impact on your diet?
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    Mar 30, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidDo you know what empty calories are? If not, look it up! Beer is loaded with them.

    As are other forms of alcohol. The body will burn those calories first, and put other food calories into fat, causing you to gain weight.

    When I used to have mandatory Army group PT (physical training) on weekdays I couldn't drink the night before. If I did I'd feel like there were sandbags attached to me the next day. So I drank on Fridays & Saturdays only, not Sunday (when I wasn't deployed), so I was ready to resume PT at dawn Monday.

    Everyone is different, but for me that was the only way I could handle alcohol and still perform PT effectively. And when I was facing a PT test then there was no alcohol for an entire week prior.
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    Mar 30, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    Montague saidDo you know how much alcohol you have to drink in order for it to make an impact on your diet?

    That varies by the individual - his body mass, his metabolism, his activity level, his age, etc. Most studies indicate a drink or 2 a day can have beneficial health effects, especially red wine for men. More than that can cause health problems, to include weight gain, as well as the accident risks of being intoxicated.
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    Mar 30, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    I <3 Alcohol
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    Mar 30, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    You could analyze your diet to learn how many calories you are ingesting from fruit and vegetable carbohydrate (or other carbs, if you are eating any), and then reduce your carb intake by the amount of calories that you drink in alcohols.

    5 oz of wine, or a shot (1.5 oz in the USA) of 80 proof whiskey, vodka, brandy or other alcohol, are all approximately 100 calories. A 12 oz beer (you could drink less) is about 150 calories.
  • Fable

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    Mar 30, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    FUCK ABS GET DRUNK!
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    Mar 31, 2013 10:59 AM GMT
    If you can give up drinking on your own, that can be quite an effective was of reducing your overall alcohol consumption.
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    Mar 31, 2013 11:06 AM GMT
    There is a lot of bullshit regarding how "bad" alcohol is but in reality its like everything else- it should consumed in moderation. Just like food, all alcoholic beverages are not created equally- choose low sugar options like dry red wines. Studies have shown that red wine has compounds that have been shown to increase free circulating testosterone and increase fat loss. Keep in mind that excessive alcohol intake regardless of what you are drinking will have a detrimental effect on hormones and metabolism (NO MORE THAN 2 DRINKS PER DAY).
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    Apr 01, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    fable saidFUCK ABS GET DRUNK!
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  • Import

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    Apr 01, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    what about alcohol and then cocaine?
    Like the coke will supress ur appetite enough to keep u skinny, yet u will still be able to have drunken fun?
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    Apr 01, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    Whenever i want to lose weight, I just sort of starve myself. I skipped a couple meals in the week. It's ok to have a couple drinks, I usually like mix martini sweet drinks. No beer ever, well like 1 or 2 every 2 - 3 months. Urh, I am not obsessed about my body/abs like I was in my earlier 20s. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 01, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    Import saidwhat about alcohol and then cocaine?
    Like the coke will supress ur appetite enough to keep u skinny, yet u will still be able to have drunken fun?


    The Diet Coke and coke diet?
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    Apr 01, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    canadawest2013 saidI'm trying really hard to clean up my eating. I've changed my diet to focus on lean protein, vegetables and fruits, with a lot less carbs than I used to eat. Nothing processed, no sugar, etc.

    But I like to have a couple drinks on the weekend, especially, but there's a lot of calories in things like beer.

    Just wondering how other guys handle this?
    tailor your cardio to your diet
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    Apr 02, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    especially red wine for men...

    I love Red wine... lots of it... well no more than a bottle. But if i open it, I drink it... all of it icon_rolleyes.gif