Is Abstaining from Alcohol Necessary for Losing Weight?

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    Mar 13, 2017 3:55 PM GMT
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    NYT: Alcohol remains one of the most controversial and confusing topics for people concerned about controlling their weight.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/well/do-we-need-to-give-up-alcohol-to-lose-weight-not-necessarily.html?
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    Mar 13, 2017 5:35 PM GMT
    I don't know if alcohol abstention is "necessary" for weight loss, but my doctors have always told me it helps. And I've read a lot of material that says the same thing.

    As far as I understand, alcohol acts a lot like a sugar in the body. It's used first. And your body takes the other food you eat afterwards and stores it. As fat.

    The more alcohol you drink, the more fat from other sources you put on. Alcohol itself won't make you gain weight from it (although beer is loaded with carbs). But it affects your metabolism. And that's how you gain weight, when you eat other things.

    A serious "wino" actually becomes emaciated, because he often doesn't eat enough food. Wine doesn't provide the nutrients and carbs the body needs.
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    Mar 14, 2017 1:34 AM GMT
    I don't know if abstinence is required. It is certainly is advisable. Alcohol provides useless calories and clouds judgement.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 14, 2017 1:42 AM GMT
    Alcohol is a toxic junk food in liquid form.
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    Mar 14, 2017 2:42 AM GMT
    If you're only drinking a small amount, it's the same as any other carbohydrate -

    Glass of wine - 125 calories

    12 0z beer - 150 calories

    1-1/2 oz hard liquor 100 calories
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    Mar 14, 2017 3:11 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Alcohol is a toxic junk food in liquid form.

    That's somewhat true.

    But did you know that beer was actually considered a form of "food" in ancient Egypt? Archaeological work shows it was provided to the workers on the pyramids, and other great monuments. Along with fish, since these sites were usually near the Nile River at the time.

    It's surmised that since beer is made from grain, the Egyptians thought it must be nutritional, like bread. And beer containing alcohol was safer to drink than river water, that might contain parasites and other pathogens, about which they had little understanding. They could only observe the sickening results.

    The reliance upon alcohol as a "safe" drink continued until fairly modern times.
  • FRE0

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    Mar 26, 2017 10:55 PM GMT
    One need not give up drinking ethanol to lose weight. I'm quite sure that if you drink only 1/4 ounce every year or two you can still lose weight.