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Old 05-17-2012, 06:58 PM
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Hi to All,

I think it is a good topic and I would like to know if you have lost weight after quit drinking.
I think most of us has/had weight issues since the huge amount of extra calories
that we were/are taking in when drinking.
Everybody thinks that since "I am going to consume much less calories (possible thousands per day) , I will lose a lot of weight". Not so fast!........
It did not happen to me and it did not happen to a lot of people either, as I was reading it
in some posts.
I have quit drinking 2 1/2 months ago on March 6.
At my workplace our company had a "Biggest Loser" contest from January and I was trying to loose weight as hard as I could.
Yet 4 weeks after I had quit drinking, my weight was only 5 lb less than on March 6.
First I thought that Antabuse is messing up my metabolism, but I did not find any evidence on the internet if that was the case.
After all now I weight about 24 lb less than in March, but I lost most of that weight
through Fasting on water and it was not easy to lose the weight at all.

So please share your story if your lost / gained weight (eating more chocolate) after
became AF free.

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Old 05-17-2012, 07:26 PM
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Hi Want,

I think most people don't lose weight unless they're already fairly active physically. You definitely won't lose if you replace the sugar in alcohol with carbs/sugars of other types. As you know.

I was thinking about this because I'm actually getting fatter again, fatter than a year ago and then I was drinking martinis every night. Right now I go on and off AL so I would think that in spite of the occasional Ben and Jerry's, I should be losing a few pounds. Not happening.

I'm convinced its a metabolism thing. The AL screwed up our metabolisms. I went to an endo and they want to measure my cortisol among other things.

I only have two months til my bday ... need to crush this! I eliminated dairy, grains, sugars, etc and didn't lose weight until I did HCG and even then it was slower than everyone I know. But after the HCG, I didn't keep active and it came back on because I drank again.

How come some people can just eliminate the glass of wine or glass of milk daily and lose ten pounds in a couple months and we're sooooo far from being able to do that? Metabolism all F'd up.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:26 PM
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Well I am gaining weight. Granted I have not been AF long but my sugar craving is through the roof as is my appetite. Less empty calories going in me I guess.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:17 PM
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Well I am gaining weight. Granted I have not been AF long but my sugar craving is through the roof as is my appetite. Less empty calories going in me I guess.
I hear you!
Sugar is the mother of all evil, as you know.
There is a book out there called: Sugar Nation.
It is about the huge sugar consumption of our Nation.
I have not read it yet, but I've heard that it is good.

Sugar is responsible for everything:

If you can keep your blood sugar level below 100, you are losing weight.
If it stays above 120-140 most of the time you are gaining weight.
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I think the alcohol definitely has an effect on the metabolism that lasts for some time. I quit quite a while ago and expected the weight to fly off. Nope! One issue is that I am now a woman over 40 so that is an issue. But it has taken months to get any weight loss going. I think that the body has to have some time to repair that metabolism without booze-- though of course I have no study to support that! I am starting some weight training to help hopefully jog it more
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:33 PM
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Hi all; well, last time(a year and a half ago) I went AF for almost 12 weeks, I dropped a stone(14lbs) without really trying; this was definitely a result of not drinking 2 bottles of wine a night along with the drinking nibbles. It didn't start to come off until at least a month AF.
I am now almost 6 weeks AF and happy to say the same thing is happening again. I have lost 5lbs.
Having said that, I am very active, going to the gym and swimming about 3 times weekly, but I done that even when drinking and didn't lose weight easily. There ye' go; that's my tuppence worth! Good luck all.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:51 PM
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I just want to tell you what happened to me, when I was drinking I didnt eat so living on vodka I kept my weight down for years. When I started trying to stop drinking I would crave food, my body was needing food so it could repair itself and I would put weight on. A big trigger for my drinking again after getting AF time over those years was trying to loose weight. As soon as I tell myself I cant have something I start wanting and craving it. So I would feel hungry and deprived all the time and often end up drinking.

Now I am probably at my heaviest and would love to loose weight, but there is no way Im going to start trying to, I have far more important things to worry about than fitting into a smaller size jeans. I do try to eat healthier tho.
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Be right back, I have to go grab myself some gummy bears.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:43 PM
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Be right back, I have to go grab myself some gummy bears.
LMAO!

That was funny!
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:26 PM
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Sadly, I really did.
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