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Old 02-07-2018, 03:00 PM
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I am off the booze for 6 weeks: New Years resolution to lower cholesterol and see how much weight I’d drop.
Been hitting it pretty good all my life, the last couple of years a six pack Coors Light, then a bottle of wine or two, about 5 Days a week, maybe 1500 calories a day, or 30,000 calories a month, roughly.
How much weight have I dropped since New Year’s Eve....?
2 lbs.
I expected 12-15 lbs., eating the same as last year, healthy stuff, fruit, veggies, seafood,etc.
6’2, 225 lbs.
Did any of you quitters loose weight when you quit drinking? ;?

(Looking forward to next week, will do the blood work on the 12th, then buy a 12 pack of Coors Lite in the way home. No wine, getting brutal hangovers from beer during the day, then wine for evening. )

Doc thinks my high cholesterol have to do with drinking habits and 6 weeks should be enough to see a change.
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I quit when I am coaching in the Spring. March 1 to about June 1. I am only 170 when "fat" but I bet I lost 10 # during that time.

I always felt great, and found after a couple weeks that I might quit all together. After the season I would start again and gain the weight and gut back.

Give yourself at least a month, you will feel the difference.

If you are getting hang overs then you should either quit or greatly reduce what you drink. Your brain is sending you big warnings.
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Did I! Very quickly lost 20lbs. Felt better too. All blood work improved. Best of all, I don’t even have to think before running to the store, or a dinner...or on the boat... Pretty handy lifestyle!
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Every year I take a month off and lose about 10lbs by the time the month is up.
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How's your liver? That's pretty excessive drinking?

Try a daily walk.
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. Give yourself at least a month, you will feel the difference.
38 Days now, only 2#.
Feel great, more energy.

If you are getting hang overs then you should either quit or greatly reduce what you drink.
See above, quitting wine.

Did I! Very quickly lost 20lbs. Felt better too. All blood work improved. Best of all, I don’t even have to think before running to the store, or a dinner...or on the boat... Pretty handy lifestyle!
What I was hoping for: Massive weight loss, not 2 #...

. How's your liver? That's pretty excessive drinking?

Try a daily walk.
Liver is good. Forgot to mention: I do hit the gym 2-3 times per week, also daily walks.
Expected more after 38 Days on the dry,,
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Stay away from the f’n scale. If you feel better your doing it right.
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Did you quit everything, or just wine?
I switched from beer to vodka, and limited to one drink a night. I was drinking 4-5 beers a day. I also switched from eating out at lunch to bringing a salad for lunch. I dropped 53 pounds in three months. I've kept almost all of it off a year later. I'm up 6 pounds from the bottom.
Beer is bad with carbs, wine has both carbs and sugars. That my experience anyhow.
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Bunch of different factors playing in, did you start drinking more sodas? Tea? Sugary drinks? You might have just replaced those calories with something else. I would bet if you switched to water you would drop pounds quickly. Also, are you weighing yourself in the morning everyday? I typically drop 4-5 pounds overnight and my weight can fluctuate anywhere between 5-8 pounds daily.

I quit drinking in December, but also quit drinking anything except water and one coffee in the morning. I work out 3 times a week and watch my calories and I have dropped almost 30 pounds.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
Stay away from the f’n scale. If you feel better your doing it right.
Electronic scale every other day, weight loss was one of the reasons I went on the wagon..

Did you quit everything, or just wine?

Everything, 38 days without a drop of alcohol, lost only 2 lbs.
A bit puzzled, did not compensate with ice cream or anything.

Probably should be out running and sweating, but I really thought 30 000 less calories a month would make a difference.

Feeling tired on and off, but Google says it is normal for heavy drinkers who quit cold turkey.
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. did you start drinking more sodas? Tea? Sugary drinks?
No sodas for years, water only and 2 coffee a day, no cream, no sugar.

Again, diet has not changed, just cut alchohol to see how much weight I would lose and if cholesterol went down.
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In theory, if everything else stayed the same, you should be losing weight, but your caloric deficit depends on how much.
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No sodas for years, water only and 2 coffee a day, no cream, no sugar.

Again, diet has not changed, just cut alchohol to see how much weight I would lose and if cholesterol went down.

So did I understand you to say upthread that you are going back to drinking beer after your doctor’s appointment and blood work? If so, does that mean you’re going back to a 6-pack each night as you were before? Surely you know that’s excessive and a sign of problem drinking. If you return to drinking, you’d be better off to stay off the beer and limit yourself to 1-2 glasses of red wine per day. Regardless, kudos to you for being able to stop cold turkey. That’s impressive, especially in light of the amount you were drinking.
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I'm still waiting for the weight loss to come, I guess since it hasn't come by now it's not going to happen. No I didn't lose any weight, everyone told me I would but it didn't happen.
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I quit for January. Felt/feel great. (Smarter, better rested, etc.). I lost about 4 lbs. I thought it would have been more.
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So did I understand you to say upthread that you are going back to drinking beer after your doctor’s appointment and blood work? If so, does that mean you’re going back to a 6-pack each night as you were before?
Yeah, going back to drinking, but less. Not so much a six pack each night, retired now, starting earlier, 1 or 2 PM seems about right.
Ideally I should do my drinking only twice a week, it feels good to wake up without a hangover, get more stuff done, more energy.
Evenings can be a bit slow however without drinking, watching some Netflix series with the old lady every day instead of bar hopping with my buddies.
Good to slow down, 61 years old now instead of 26. Trying to get that in my head..

I quit for January. Felt/feel great. (Smarter, better rested, etc.). I lost about 4 lbs. I thought it would have been more.
Bingo, same experience on all of the above,

I'm still waiting for the weight loss to come, I guess since it hasn't come by now it's not going to happen. No I didn't lose any weight, everyone told me I would but it didn't happen.
Same, same.
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Personally I lost a lot of weight but the reason may or maynot be directly related to quitting the drinking. It's hard to tell because rather than just quit drinking and see what happens, I decided to really challenge myself and switch from drinking to methamphetamines.

So the weight is really coming off, but is it the reduced caloric input, or the radically increased metabolism?

I'm just not sure.
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What is your daily water intake.. a gallon of water is 8.5 poundsso you will see your wait flucuate,not saying you have to drink that much but water is a huge waitlist factor as it is metabolism booster? As others said stay off the scale and stay consistent with your diet. Keep up the great work and keep us updated.
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What is your daily water intake.. a gallon of water is 8.5 poundsso you will see your wait flucuate,not saying you have to drink that much but water is a huge waitlist factor as it is metabolism booster? As others said stay off the scale and stay consistent with your diet. Keep up the great work and keep us updated.
Surely you aren't suggesting drinking water will make you gain any significant weight, are yuo?

Your bodies water weight is self regulated, the goal is to pee clear. If you don't pee clear several times a day you're not drinking enough.

Water intake will vary your weight drastically throughout the day though.

I've been on fancy BMI scales at various weights over a fuor year period, my body water weight is always within 2-3 pounds.
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Surely you aren't suggesting drinking water will make you gain any significant weight, are yuo?

Your bodies water weight is self regulated, the goal is to pee clear. If you don't pee clear several times a day you're not drinking enough.

Water intake will vary your weight drastically throughout the day though.

I've been on fancy BMI scales at various weights over a fuor year period, my body water weight is always within 2-3 pounds.

What I started doing, I have couple of the Smart Water 33 oz bottles and drink both and sometimes a 3rd during the day. Pee gets very clear which I assume is good

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