Losign weight and alcohol...

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    May 02, 2007 7:36 PM GMT
    Hi guys - ? for ya...trying to drop my body fat % and you think I should cut out the occasional wine or mixed drink till I get to where I want to be? I mean, it basically gets converted into sugar - right? What have you found if you eliminate alcohol consumption?

    NICK in PHX
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    May 02, 2007 10:38 PM GMT
    I was a heavy drinker (been sober 11 years), and I drank hard liquor without mixers because it didn't have anywhere near the impact on my weight that beer and wine did. Of course, the calorie count of alcoholic beverages matters a lot more when you're consuming 12-14 drinks every night, seven days a week. If you're only having the occasional drink or two, it probably won't make too big a difference whether you're having rum and coke or scotch and soda.
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    May 03, 2007 4:47 PM GMT
    Speaking from someone who usually drink around 3 nights a week, when I went on a trip and wanted to lose weight (body fat %), almost completely cutting out the alcohol REALLY helped. I could see much more progress in the work that I was doing. Alcohol not only adds calories/carbs but it also inhibits your body from burning fat. Try for just 2 weeks, and I'll bet you notice a difference.
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    May 11, 2007 12:30 AM GMT
    It also postpones the fat burning process. The body chooses what to use as energy; as alcohol metabolizes into acetate, the body prefers to use it for energy. That means your body will use the acetate instead of fat, and that's obviously not what we're looking for when trying to cut bf%.

    Also, alcohol has a calorie content of 7 per gram. That's only 2 short of fat itself. So yes, empty (non-nutritious) calories.

    Finally, I'm not sure if this is a myth or not, but I remember reading that alcohol has an adverse affect on testostorone levels, and that could inhibit your progress. A good testostorone level will help you reach your fitness goals.

    If you're like me, pretty much 2/3rds of my social activity involves alcohol. That makes it hard to stop using it, so if you need some ideas for how to cut back, I recommend setting shorter goals. What I did was, I first cut back to once a weekend. Then after a few weeks of that, I stepped it up to once a weekend, every OTHER weekend. And that's where I'm at right now... I think the next step is going to be once a month. :-P We'll see if that's a little too extreme for me, haha. Offer to DD other people's cars too, if you do the party/bar/club thing. That way, you can still go to hang out, and you're helping your friends stay safe.