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1/16/18 4:35 P

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I struggle with this all the time. I enjoy drinking socially and to unwind. I stopped drinking beer. I drink a higher alcohol content wine-like 13% instead of the sugary 8% ones. I drink less that way. You can get nice ones or you can get ones at Walmart for 6 bucks. I was drinking every 3 days but now I limit myself to one day a week. I made my day Saturday. I will use it to unwind or socially. I don't really limit how much I drink on that day. Usually it is 2-3 glasses of wine. I suggest trying different things that work for you. Look up healthy cocktails, drink a water in between each drink, there are apps that help keep track of what you are drinking. I am using habitbull right now. I also try to use drinking as an earned time. I workout hard that day knowing I can relax later that night.
I drink mostly at home now but I used to go out to the bars a lot. That is where I got a beer gut. It is cheap and can be drank all night without getting me too drunk. To stop that I would pregame since I never drive when I go out, or I would buy the little bottles of whatever liquor and slip them in my purse. Order one drink and refill it yourself so you don't order a beer. Hope this is helpful :)

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2/22/17 10:11 A

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We recently started a HFLC plan (ketos) and learned that we can have many liquors and even dry wines since they have no carbs or (low carbs in the case of the wine). I love wine (fortunately dry wine is my preferred taste). Since these drinks are acceptable for the plan, we do indulge some, however, we are cutting back. If I want a nightly drink or a drink on the weekends, I have a liquor and diet or no cal mixer and try to limit the wine to once a week.

We learned that even if you drink low carb, it can stop your weight loss temporarily. If you enjoy drinking to wind down at home, try substituting your beverage to something slightly less enjoyable until you can ween from your daily drink completely. If it is social drinking, try looking for a low cal/carb alternative or reduce how much you drink to prevent added calories.


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2/19/17 2:18 P

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The balance with alcohol is something I'm trying to wrap my head around. I like to go to Mug Night here at one of our local establishments and they have 50 cent drafts. I like getting out and being social but I don't want to have so much that I go way over my goals for the day.

I haven't been to mug night since I've started my new plans and goals but I think I will go occasionally - maybe every two week and have up to 3 mugs of beer. I think my approach is going to be one beer, one glass of water, etc.

I will have to see how it goes. I haven't had any alcohol to see how it impacts my tracking or anything so I'll just have to see. The good thing about Mug Night is the walk to and from the establishment - it is about a half mile walk I think and that helps me feel better about my choice to indulge (and of course be safe by not driving).

The most real struggle with alcohol for me is that once I have a few drinks in me I want to follow the flow of all of the college kids going to the local calzone shops for a late night meal.

It will also be difficult when my friends from out of town come to visit - we usually get a pouch of wine and do some crafts. Lol. They are also junk food fanatics and I find it difficult to get them into healthier foods.

Edited by: MISSANAXB at: 2/19/2017 (14:21)
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2/17/17 9:46 A

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I'm not ashamed to admit that I love beer and wine. However, I don't love the extra pounds that come with drinking. As a 20-something, alcohol is hard to get away from, especially when socializing. What's your approach to alcohol now that you have weight loss goals? Do you abstain from alcohol, or do you budget for it in your lifestyle? My plan is to have no more than two drinks per week (and these should be at social outings only.) If it were up to me, I would keep alcohol out of the house entirely (except for cooking,) but my partner likes to have a beer at the end of the day, and I don't think it's right to expect him to change his habits to accommodate mine.

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