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Friday, October 12, 2007

Alcohol and Weight Loss - Your Choice

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Can you drink alcohol on your weight loss program? I have to admit that I love a good red wine and an imported beer, so I’m no different than anyone else, however, when I’m fully committed to getting results, quick results, I have to cut alcohol from my diet.

We know that a glass of Red wine is good for us with all the antioxidants they contain, but what place does it have in your diet when you have other goals?

If you’re happy burning 1 pound of fat per week while drinking a glass of Red wine every other day, then fantastic. If you’re not though, and 1 pound a week isn’t cutting it for you, then you have to make a choice.

It’s all about choices. Life is about choices. Getting results is a choice as well.

Before even getting into alcohol, lets discuss whole foods briefly.

I heavily promote the importance of eating a diet rich in whole foods vs processed foods. Processed foods are cheap and lacking in nutrition. They are easy to prepare though, but what’s the trade off.

The choice is Time and Money over Quality

Eating processed foods are cheap and easy to prepare but lack nutrition

Eating whole foods cost slightly more so may increase your monthly budget for foods and take longer to prepare, but they are plentiful in nutrition, nourish the body, eliminate cravings, provide dietary fiber, facilitate weight loss and improve the ability to gain important fat burning muscle.

The choice is again Time and Money FOR Quality

In choosing to make the majority if not all of your meals from whole foods, if you don’t have the room in your budget, you have to make a choice of cutting something else, or increasing your income.

What would you choose to eliminate from your budget so that you may eat a diet primarily of whole foods?

  • Eliminate Movies?

  • Cut off the TV?

  • Cut out Smoking ($150 a month or more, and that’s being reasonable)

  • Eliminate drinking?

  • Eliminate shopping?

  • Eliminate eating out?

  • Quit drinking your daily Starbucks or Second Cup Coffee ($150 a month)


See it’s a choice. If you want something, you have to decide what you really want and what you’re willing to do about it. I wrote about sacrifices in this article and it applies here.

So now about alcohol. That’s a choice as well

I introduced this post saying that I love Red wine and import beer. I too have to make a choice when it comes to my health and my weight loss results.

The first question is about how much of a role alcohol plays in weight loss. Tom Venuto recently wrote about and came to the conclusion that the is not related to alcohol, but rather to the lifestyle of the drinker. We might be able to drink a moderate amount of alcohol as long as we’re completely in control of the rest of our diet. Personally, I believe that alcohol has no place in the diet of someone looking to achieve their best physique, but that’s just my position.

If you have truly committed to attaining your best physique, then alcohol does not have a place in your diet. Drinking changes our mood, our behavior and we begin to make poor decisions. Alcohol leaves us with a hangover which then affects our ability to train properly and without full intensity.

This is a tough one and I’m no different. After a night out playing floor hockey with the team, it’s nice to finish it off with a few beers at the local pub. A few beers leads to nachos and chicken wings, believe me, I know how it goes. This situation just came up for me after I said I was going to put 14 days between my drinks and limit myself to just 2 drinks. Last night I had 3, but I’ll tell you what, I enjoyed the social time, I enjoyed the beer and I knew what my choices would result in. I was fully aware.

I’ve always wanted to go to an Oktoberfest here in Edmonton. I’ve never been out to one ever. I’ve now got tickets to go with my girlfriend and we’re brining along a few other couples. I fully intend to socialize, have a good time, enjoy David Wilcox, one of my favorite performers and yes, have a bunch of beer. My plan though is to not have another drink until then, and then get back to work, and go another 14 days without another drink. It’s a good 14 days away from now and I have no alcohol in the house, so notwithstanding another social night out, I should be good on my intention.

What are the benefits of eliminating alcohol?



  • By eliminating alcohol, we drop a bunch of calories of which we can then replace with whole foods.


  • By eliminating alcohol, we have more money to spend on whole foods.


  • By eliminating alcohol, we can train harder and are more likely to get out of bed to do cardio in the morning


Eliminating alcohol is a choice, much the same as eliminating spending money on movies, coffee, shopping or cigarettes. The money you save could not only improve your health by eliminating the acidic foods, low quality foods and alcohol, it could be the single thing you needed to add 1 extra pound per week of fat loss.

The choice is yours, it always was and it always will be

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Rob Coopers Fat burning tips In 1990 Rob weighed 475 pounds and was able to burn almost 300 lbs of fat in just two and a half years. Rob does weight management coaching from his office in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Rob's diet is based on a "System Specific Organic Whole Food" line of foods along with various fat burning, muscle building tips from Tom Venuto. Tom's Philosophy is very similar to Rob's and he's happy to recommend them

Rob is currently using the Seven Minute Muscle Workout program.



8 Comments:

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Israel said...

i have never been a huge fan of alcohol so it hasnt been a factor or me thus far.

 
At 2:09 AM, Anonymous Weightloss Diet Watch said...

Hi FFG,

Thank you for sharing very important and helpful information about weight loss and alcohol... I wanna add some weightloss diet info..

Meats and beans are good source of essential proteins required for our body, but they contain high saturated fats and more number of carbohydrates in them.

Dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese are rich in protein and also a good source of calcium and vitamin D.

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Craig Wiroll said...

Hey what's up, I just want to say that I think you're an idiot.

I'm not just being a troll either, but I have also lost my fair share of weight (even though I'm only 20) and don't understand why you continue to spread your opinions as facts. Why don't you go live your life if it is so good now?

Anyways, you badmouth milk, and go on to say:

"Humans are the only species that continues to drink milk after it's been weaned."

You probably thought you were slick using that line, even though it's not your own. Anyways, humans are the only species to do a lot of things, does that mean we should cease to do them?

As far as I know we are the only species to drive cars. Maybe we should stop doing that too? How about walking upright, is that a crazy idea of ours too?

Actually, now that I think about it, you're right! Why should we keep evolving to enhance our lives, let's just keep doing what all the other animals in the world do even though our cortex is 700 times the size of theirs. YOU MORON.

 
At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Thanks for the comment

I'm glad you have an opinion and want to share.

nope, it's not my line, but I pass it along.

I think Humans are the only species actually able to walk upright and drive cars.

take care of yourself and good luck on your journey

 
At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Craig, I had a look at your profile.

Your occupation - "Being Perfect". Good luck with that too

 
At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

@Weight Loss Diet Watch - Thanks for the comment. Vitamin D is easily obtained from the sun and yes, I agree there is calcium in milk, but it's too large for absorption by humans. The calcium in milk is designed to take a calf from it's birth weight to a full size cow in as short a time as possible.

Milk creates mucous in the body and blocks the absorption of nutrients.

Dairy products are rich in protein, calcium and vitamin d, but are not advantageous for anyone on a weight loss or healthy eating program.

In my experience and those of my clients, the removal of dairy products improves weight loss results, not the opposite.

Milk and dairy are the first items to be removed in order to speed results.

Thanks for the comments

Be Well

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger Darlene Hildebrandt said...

Craig - interesting. You say it is posted as fact, I don't see that. I think almost everything on the internet is the opinion of somebody. What I find interesting is that if you find the information on this site so offensive or wrong - why do you need to resort to name calling instead of just simply choosing not to come to this site and move on. I'm curious what you get out of calling other people names and being rather insulting?

Rob has a right to his opinion. You have a right to yours. You both have the right to believe what you want without persecution for it.

As for milk - do your research. There's a lot of infomation out there that contradicts what the dairy industry says. Did you know that the dairy and cattle industries paid for the Canada food guide to be created to suite them? it dates back to the 50s, was done in Germany. only recently updated but still has components of the old one.

You have a choice - go ahead and believe the advertising of the people selling the stuff - or doctors such as:
http://www.drfuhrman.com/
http://www.drmcdougall.com/
- both of which say to eliminate all dairy from your diet to achieve health!

Remember cigarette producers told us for years that smoking didn't do any harm. Who you gonna believe?

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Self Improvement Blog said...

Great article. You really are right that life is about choices. When I was in college, I drank like a fish and it showed. Now drink once every 1-2 weeks, and that's just a few beverages - instead of drinking myself under the table.

I won't deny that once in a while I still have a big night out, but it's nothing like it used to be, and I'm much better for it.

-Chris

 

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