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Alcohol for weight loss? Good or bad?

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Updated October 31, 2014 at 3:55 AM
Created November 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Is it possible? There are some interesting studies:

  1. Chronic Ethanol Consumption Lessens the Gain of Body Weight jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/331/1/23.full
  2. Alcoholics, as compared with social drinkers, showed a lower body weight due essentially to a fat mass reduction: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/???
  3. Alcohol appears to increase metabolic rate significantly, thus causing more calories to be burned rather than stored in the body as fat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_and_weight

So what?

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18 · November 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Then drink to your hearts content, see if I care :P Social drinking (such as pubs) is expensive. Non-brand binge drinking is cheap. People eat sugar and process foods because it's cheap, tasty and because they're either ignorant or don't have the willpower to stop. There are expensive methods for calculating calorie intake, such as a respiratory chamber in a laboratory, or the tedious old fashioned way of using a scales and food reference values from your country's National Health Body. It's a rough estimate, but it's good enough to maintain a negative energy balance.

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

David, in regions like Russia pure alcohol (vodka) is not expensive at all.

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

thisiswilson, How can you know how much calories are burned in your body? This is unknown. And the amount of calories stated on a product pack does not completely converts to energy in your body.

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Eating sugar and processed foods is also damaging for your liver, but still people adhere to it instead of alcohol. Why?!

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18 · November 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Yes I agree. For a more comprehensive explanation see my previous post here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/161363/what-am-i-doing-wrong/161484#161484

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Cal, don't be offended by stupid statements! Just carry on! I myself also perform a test — I consume 100 grams pure alcohol in the morning. Is it bad? NO! It's fascinating :)

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62 · November 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Yes, you could smell the alcohol even 8 hours after I stopped drinking. Bad breath, I've never had, I brush allot and avoid processed foods.

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4059 · November 16, 2012 at 1:19 AM

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 1:10 AM

People! Are you ready?

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243 · November 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I'd argue the main driving factor for weight loss is diet. Calories In < Calories Burned = Weight loss

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298 · November 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Did you have bad breath?

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62 · November 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

It only works when you do what I did. I would get up in the morning and drink my breakfast so I could get a buzz on, food just absorbs alcohol, then I would drink all day and not eat anything. Then you just drink until your sick, and pass out from lack of energy. You also need to smoke allot of cigarettes, and still have a high metabolism, carbohydrates if they make you hyperactive keeping you off the couch can help too, but none of this is normal healthy living behavior. Alcohol is expensive too. It's cheaper to just get off your ass, eat right, and find an exercise or walking partner.

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4059 · November 16, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Oh how I love a complete hack! Thank you!

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

I'm supplemeting with D3, B6, B12, zinc and chrome :)

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298 · November 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Did you have bad breath?

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62 · November 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Yes, you could smell the alcohol even 8 hours after I stopped drinking. Bad breath, I've never had, I brush allot and avoid processed foods.

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Cal, don't be offended by stupid statements! Just carry on! I myself also perform a test — I consume 100 grams pure alcohol in the morning. Is it bad? NO! It's fascinating :)

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4400 · November 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

The anecdotal evidence I've gathered by observing others suggests that alcoholism is does not improve body composition, and biomarkers of health don't do so well either.

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18 · November 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM

A glass of wine every now and again is fine, but if you regularly drink more you also run the risk of becoming an alcoholic. You'd wreck your liver, not to mention all the secondary ill effects as well as social implications. Alcohol is also expensive.

I reckon a life spent on a dialysis machine must be awful.

Currently there is one really good medicine on the market that has been shown to reduce body fat, reduce risk of CV diseases, to make you healthier, to alleviate cognitive disorders such as depression etc. The list goes on.

This medicine also happens to be completely free, yet not many people make use of it.

It's called exercise; it is and always has been the main driving factor for weight loss. The increasing automation and comfort of today's society discourages physical activity, and it's a real shame.

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18 · November 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Yes I agree. For a more comprehensive explanation see my previous post here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/161363/what-am-i-doing-wrong/161484#161484

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18 · November 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Then drink to your hearts content, see if I care :P Social drinking (such as pubs) is expensive. Non-brand binge drinking is cheap. People eat sugar and process foods because it's cheap, tasty and because they're either ignorant or don't have the willpower to stop. There are expensive methods for calculating calorie intake, such as a respiratory chamber in a laboratory, or the tedious old fashioned way of using a scales and food reference values from your country's National Health Body. It's a rough estimate, but it's good enough to maintain a negative energy balance.

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Eating sugar and processed foods is also damaging for your liver, but still people adhere to it instead of alcohol. Why?!

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243 · November 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I'd argue the main driving factor for weight loss is diet. Calories In < Calories Burned = Weight loss

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

thisiswilson, How can you know how much calories are burned in your body? This is unknown. And the amount of calories stated on a product pack does not completely converts to energy in your body.

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298 · November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

David, in regions like Russia pure alcohol (vodka) is not expensive at all.

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