Fess uP: Booze is Making me Fat

28 01 2010

We all know that alcohol is nothing but empty calories and that we’re probably better off eating a movie theater sized bag of Sour Patch Kids than drinking 2 or 3 margaritas on a Friday night. But we still keep on drinking, knowing that tomorrow’s treadmill will counteract our bad behavior from the previous night.

I treated this holiday season like it was my own personal 21st birthday party-eating and drinking like it was my occupation and thinking little about the consequences of my actions. It wasn’t until a yearly doctor’s appointment this week that made me seriously consider my behavior.  I had been doing so well post-Christmas (or so I thought) until my doctor informed me that I had gained 9 pounds since last year’s exam. Since I had been eating well and exercising regularly, it could only be one thing: my considerably boozy behavior.

Now I am in no way, shape or form in need of an intervention or a long time abstinence from alcohol but my recent weight gain has got me thinking: Is booze making me fat? And do I need to do something about it?

Starting February 1 and ending March 1, I plan on abstaining from alcohol to see if it makes a difference in my weight loss.  I will continue to eat and exercise exactly as I have been, but I want to see the size of the dent that alcohol puts in my weight loss regime.  Stay tuned for updates…




5 responses

28 01 2010

Wine math: (3,500 calories = 1 pound) A bottle of wine is approximately 500 calories. So, take 7 bottles of wine or 35 glasses of wine out of your month (if you’re drinking that) and you’ll lose 1 pound. Ditching booze will rev up your metabolism as well. At least, I think thats the way it goes Viv.

31 01 2010
Kathryn Daly

My dear, I think I will join you in this…which means I better get my ass in gear and drink up tonight as Feb 1 is tomorrow!

1 02 2010

I think this is a great idea! I love taking time off from drinking, not just to feel a bit better, but for the challenge itself. But, I do have a question. Had you begun your intense running routine before going to the Dr. last year? I was just wondering, b/c as we all know muscle weighs more than fat. You have been on such a role with all of your running and such, I’m wondering if perhaps your weight gain is due to your increase of muscle and not so much a fat gain…

6 03 2010
6 03 2010
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