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Im going camping this weekend with hubby and our little girl.Thing is i havent drank any alcohol for weeks since cutting my calories,still have 18 pounds to lose having lost 6 in 2 weeks.Very pleased! Wanting to have a wee drink to relax and unwind,just a few! Not sure what to have,usually stick to vodka and diet mixers.dont want to ruin all my good work by drinking calorie laden beers etc.Any suggestions? x

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Alcohol, if I'm not wrong, is mostly carbs with a few side effects ^^

I would recommend everything that isn't too high on alcohol and if it is at least not to high on sugar, don't mix cola with alcoholics that's really a caloriebomb I guess.
Vodka and crystal light lemonade.  My drink of choice! Then all we have to count is the vodka!
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Thanks for replys! Think i will just stick to vodka and diet mixer.Was hoping someone knew of a drink that gives you the taste and effect of vodka but with no calories,dream on eh!x
The alcohol itself accounts for the cals.  Just don't let the effects of acohol undermine your resolve and cause you to end up overeating.

This week I bought some Beck's Premium Light beer.  It has only 64 cals per bottle, a lot less than most light beers.  It tastes pretty good although I don't think it has much alcohol in it.
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I only wish there was alcohol with no cals!  my fav drink to is flavoured vodka (stoli, absolute vodka etc..) with water and a squeeze of lime or lemon!!  its sooooo nice and refreshing!!
I drink the becks too!  Also, micholob ultra only has 2.5 carbs, 95 cal.  From what I seen vodka doesn't have carbs.  I heard vodka and orange diet rite is really good. 
Does flavoured vodka have more calories than reg? I was just thinking about that vodka and orange diet rite and I thought that by adding vanilla vodka it would tastle like a dreamsicle...thoughts?
Well...alcohol in itself has calories and, if my memory is correct, causes your liver to produce acetate.  This acetate is burned as fuel before anything else in your body (fat, glycogen, etc) and can hinder fat-burning for 24 hours to several days.  So alcohol while dieting is a lose-lose situation no matter what you choose to drink.  I don't think the carb content  of alcohol has much to do with it at all.  Low-carb beers was just a clever marketing scheme.  Low carb alcohol will have the same negative affect on your diet progress.
As long as you continue to count calories, include the calories of the alcohol in your numbers, stay within your daily calorie target, and get balanced nutrients you can sucessfully lose weight and imbibe in moderation.  There are known health benefits to moderate alcohol consumption.
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Enjoy the moment. You will be fine if you just don't go overboard.  I have a glass of wine (10 oz) every night with my dinner and I am losing my weight as I combine it wth yummy salads, fruit, daytime vigilance in watching what I eat at work, grilled fish, chicken. The calories are counted in my daily total and sometimes I even have an extra couple of ounces for my dessert. Life has to go on.  You sound like you are doing great.  Vodka has a high alcohol content and will metabolize in your body as fat.  Choose lower alcohol drinks.  Lite beer, wine (red or white) and you can still have a blast.
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i never knew flavoured vodka had any more cals than normal vodka - but spirits are generally lower anyway so i think thats your best bet - just try not to drink them to fast!!
I drink the UV Citrus vodka and it has 100 cals and no sugars.  A cocktail or glass of wine or a couple of beers are a part of my day and I have continuously lost weight.  I know I'm not setting an example, but Like I have said...It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.  I fully intend to imbibe when I am at maintenance, so begin as you mean to go on.

10 ounces of wine is equal to two glasses. You either have a very large glass or you pour yourself two! Sorry about the late (3 years!) reply. I am just looking up info on wine and dieting.

Original Post by fallingstars727:

Well...alcohol in itself has calories and, if my memory is correct, causes your liver to produce acetate.  This acetate is burned as fuel before anything else in your body (fat, glycogen, etc) and can hinder fat-burning for 24 hours to several days.  So alcohol while dieting is a lose-lose situation no matter what you choose to drink.  I don't think the carb content  of alcohol has much to do with it at all.  Low-carb beers was just a clever marketing scheme.  Low carb alcohol will have the same negative affect on your diet progress.

No.

As long as you aren't in a calorie surplus its still the same. As in, if you cut out other calories to make room for the calories in your alcoholic beverage, there won't be any change; you won't gain any more weight. There is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol in moderation as long as you work it into your calorie numbers. Although it suppresses fat burning in the short term (which, you do realize, CARBS do as well?), it actually EVENS OUT over the course of 24 hours.

Also, alcohol itself will never get stored as fat (the part about it being burned first in your body was correct, in inference of the result was not). Regardless, you should count it in with your calories

So drink your alcohol responsibly within your calorie target, and enjoy it.

couple things I have learned about alcohol.

our bodies will try to consume and metabolize alcohol FIRST before all other foods taken during the same period. The reason for this is two fold.  One, it is a super carb and like sugar just gets burned.  Second, the body considers it a poison and wants to purge it. 

All regular metabolic processes for food digestion stop, while the body works on the alcohol.  So, it is best to drink alcohol WHILE NOW eating a bunch of junk.  The junk will just stick around.

Second thing is, if one is working to eat well, to eat enough calories for nutrition and body maintenance, even for fat loss maintenance MINUS x, then one shouldn't count all the alcohol calories as GOOD calories.  Don't let too much of your daily, be alcohol.  It is probably best in such a situation to make sure you get say 80%+ of your daily required calories from real foods, and then end up going OVER with the alcohol.

True alcohol is best, wine, grains, vodka, etc.  Then come the beers, then the mixed drinks (since they usually have a bunch of sugary juice or tonic in them)

I think the general sense is, all things considered, that alcohol will slow fat oxidation, but I don't think SOME alcohol will have that effect at all.

Budweiser Select Premium 55 beer.  Only 55 calories per bottle.  I drink four on Friday nights, only 220 calories total. 

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