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  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    Below are positive benefits for a DRY January and/or cutting back alcohol! I am doing so much better compared to last January! The scale is starting to reflect my efforts!

    https://www.priorygroup.com/blog/benefits-of-giving-up-alcohol-for-a-month

    https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-you/8-surprising-things-that-happen-to-your-body-when-you-stop-drinking-booze-20171023

    Maybe your nightly glass of wine has turned into two or three. Or you’re overdoing it on the beer and have the gut to prove it.

    Giving up alcohol can be tough – but the benefits make it worth the effort, says Damon Raskin, MD, a Los Angeles-based physician who is board certified in addiction medicine.

    “Taking a break from drinking alcohol – even if it’s just for a couple of weeks – is a good idea, especially if you’re regularly consuming more than the recommended daily limit,” Dr Raskin says. That’s generally two drinks a day for men.

    Also, if your drinking seems to be affecting your work or personal relationships – regardless of how much booze you’re knocking back – it’s time to consider taking it easy, he adds.

    Here’s what you can expect to happen, both short- and long-term, if you give up alcohol:

    Read more: This is the best type of alcohol to drink if you’re trying to lose weight

    1. You’ll sleep more soundly

    One recent study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found drinking before bed increases alpha wave patterns in the brain – a kind of cerebral activity that usually occurs when you’re awake but resting.

    The result? Disrupted sleep.

    Another review of 27 studies found that while alcohol may help people fall asleep more quickly and deeply at first, it seriously screws with sleep quality after that initial restful period.

    You might toss and turn at first, but give up alcohol and the sleep you get will likely leave you feeling more refreshed and sharp the next day.

    The byproducts of better sleep: improved mood, concentration and mental performance, Dr Raskin says.

    2. You’ll eat less at dinner

    According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, alcohol is one of the biggest drivers of overeating.

    That may be because alcohol heightens our senses, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.

    Researchers found that when people received an alcohol “infusion” equal to about two drinks, they ate 30% more food than those who received a saline solution.

    Even mild intoxication can increase your brain activity in the hypothalamus, making you more sensitive to the smell of food and prompting you to eat more.

    3. You might crave sugar

    Sugar boosts levels of the “reward” chemical dopamine, which fuels feelings of pleasure, Dr Raskin says.

    Alcohol does the same thing, so it’s very possible that when you give up one substance that causes happy-making chemicals to float around your brain, you’ll be more likely to reach for the other.

    “Don’t be surprised if you try to get that same enjoyment or rush you used to get after a drink from something sweet,” he says.

    Read more: Is drinking every day – even a little bit – going to turn you into an alcoholic?

    4. You’ll start losing weight

    Alcohol has a sneaky way of increasing your daily calorie intake without you realising it.

    Just one margarita may contain 300 calories or more – mostly from sugar.

    Men consume an additional 433 calories on those days they drink a “moderate” amount of alcohol, according to one study.

    Cut those from your diet – and don’t replace them with desserts – and you’ll start to lose weight without much effort.

    5. Your skin will clear up

    Within a few days of cutting out booze, you’ll notice your skin looking and feeling more hydrated.

    That’s because alcohol is a diuretic, causing you to urinate more, Dr Raskin says.

    Alcohol also decreases the body’s production of an antidiuretic hormone, which helps the body reabsorb water. (Less water in the body equals dry-looking skin.)

    Ruddiness in your cheeks and around your nose may also start to fade, and other skin conditions – such as dandruff, eczema or rosacea – may also improve, Dr Raskin says.

    Read more: How to detox your skin after overdoing the alcohol, sweets or salt

    6. You’ll have more money

    Drinking – especially a fine wine or scotch habit – is an expensive undertaking.

    Take a moment to crunch the numbers, adding up what you spend for drinks both at home and out on the town (factoring in tax and tip).

    It can be an eye-opening – and motivating – exercise.

    7. Your mood might take a hit

    It’s important to understand that there will be times when you feel like you’re missing out – and it can make you pretty testy, Dr Raskin says.

    “People often use alcohol as a lubricant for emotions, and when they stop drinking they may feel agitated and restless,” he adds.

    8. Your cancer risk falls but your heart disease risk might rise

    According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol use has been linked to an increased risk for cancers of the mouth, liver, colon and rectum.

    The risk increases the more you drink.

    On the other hand, multiple studies have shown moderate alcohol consumption may lower your odds of heart trouble.

    More research suggests your risk for stroke, diabetes and mortality may all rise slightly when you give up booze – assuming you were a light drinker before you quit.

    This article was originally published on www.mh.co.za

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  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    What has been the best one thing you have experienced so far in January without or limited alcohol?
  • namelessherenamelesshere Posts: 332Member Member Posts: 332Member Member
    tIf that is your only concession in your effort to lose weight, you will lose some but it will not come off as quickly as you think. Remember, 1 lb is approx. 3500 calories. Your best bet is to create your cal. deficit by logging, weighing everything you put in your mouth and forget any time constraints.
  • JLatham325JLatham325 Posts: 105Member Member Posts: 105Member Member
    What has been the best one thing you have experienced so far in January without or limited alcohol?

    For me, it's the consistent increased natural energy, feeling lighter on my feet, making better food choices on the weekends, having better workouts= all leading me to reaching my weight/fitness goals.

    And overall increased confidence that I'm doing something better for my overall health.
  • SFJULES66SFJULES66 Posts: 108Member, Premium Member Posts: 108Member, Premium Member
    Two weeks without any alcohol and I feel much better than I did in December. My complexion is fabulous! I have more energy. I'm liking this.
    edited January 16
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    I really enjoy wine; however, it’s been great having a dry January! Had a fantastic workout this morning and seeing a decline in the scale, whooo hooo!!!!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    It has taken a few weeks to see the decline in the scale with the reduction of alcohol! Even though I have been eating really healthy (no cheating) and working out! Glad I have been patient, it is paying off! Sleep is fabulous!
  • KimCurtiss1KimCurtiss1 Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    The best one thing for me is realizing it is not as difficult as I imagined it would be. I had taken some dry spells on my own before, but not through weekends. It has been a challenge as I love wine..but. discovering some great alternatives ..experimenting with some great mocktails using Calvits Shrubs..had a nice cucumber lime non alcohol margarita last nite and woke today feeling great... Planning to try Seedlip Spice next. I still love kombucha and to help relax using my Alexa 10 minute meditation skill..puts me in a trance..
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 5,310Member Member Posts: 5,310Member Member
    I just finished 4 weeks off the drink (17th Dec - 14th Jan for charity), I experienced none of the benefits you tend to read about. It made zero change to my weight management, I didn't sleep any better and my skin is no clearer than it already was.

    I haven't been a huge drinker for years but do tend to knock back a few over Christmas and during the Summer festival season.

    The only benefit I can say that I have had, which I already have most of the time because I am not longer a heavy drinker is not having a 2 day hangover. It was nice to be clear headed in the morning over Christmas and New Year.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    The best one thing for me is realizing it is not as difficult as I imagined it would be. I had taken some dry spells on my own before, but not through weekends. It has been a challenge as I love wine..but. discovering some great alternatives ..experimenting with some great mocktails using Calvits Shrubs..had a nice cucumber lime non alcohol margarita last nite and woke today feeling great... Planning to try Seedlip Spice next. I still love kombucha and to help relax using my Alexa 10 minute meditation skill..puts me in a trance..

    Another app that is free and fantastic for mediation is called: Insight Timer. It has the largest library out there and I have to say the meditations are really good. The length can be from 3 mins to an hour +! Really awesome!
  • Alpha12Alpha12 Posts: 248Member Member Posts: 248Member Member
    Still staying dry for January but I've had a very bad cold for the past few days, so no credit to me. I just haven't been tempted by wine or food for that matter.

    Congrats to those who are sticking to their resolution.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    I am on week three of Dry January and I feel great! The positives of non-drinking has helped me thus far to lose weight, sleep better and have more energy for intense workouts!

    I am golfing today and not drinking has helped my game! I thought drinking helped you relax during golf (LOL) 🏌️‍♀️; however, I am thinking clearer and its awesome! We go to Italy in May and look forward to drinking wine while we are over there. At this time I am more focused on achieving my goal weight in 2019!

    Happy Sunday to all!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    @KimCurtiss1
    I am drinking ALOT of hot tea! :smiley:
  • TheJenJen78TheJenJen78 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Day 19 with no drinking for me. Eating clean and exercising to kick off 2019. I feel better, sleep better and have way more energy! I use to drink 4 - 6 tall boys of beer everyday!! I’ve lost 5.2 lbs so far ☺️ however I thought I would be down a lot more considering the amount of beer and calories I was consuming? Perhaps I just need to give it some more time. I also am on day 7 of a herbal liver flush to help regenerate my liver! (2 Tbsp a day - omega alpha liver flush)

    Question: Realistically, shouldn’t I be seeing a bigger weight loss after not consuming approx 1500+ calories of beer daily? Aprox 10,000/week? Anybody?
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    I have to say that I was surprised at first that I wasn’t losing weight since I was saving a ton of calories!!! It took me two and half weeks to start losing. Eating healthy and working out! I was not happy!

    However!!! That has sensed changed. I think my body was in shock and now losing weight, finally! I read other blogs and other people were having the same issue and for some it took up to three weeks to see the weight dropping off!

    I hope you see a difference with all the positive changes you are making!
  • SFJULES66SFJULES66 Posts: 108Member, Premium Member Posts: 108Member, Premium Member
    @KimCurtiss1
    I am drinking ALOT of hot tea! :smiley:

    Me too! Loving Bengal Spice w/ Truvia and a splash of almond milk
  • VeggieGirlforLifeVeggieGirlforLife Posts: 343Member Member Posts: 343Member Member
    Only 12 more nights of Dry January! The more time goes by, the easier it is...I didn't even crave wine last night which is amazing for me. Most Saturday nights I make a gluten free veggie pizza from scratch and I normally have a glass of wine while making the dough and another while it's in the oven. Last night I had cherry Bubly in a wine glass instead.

    Is anyone planning to keep going dry after January? I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    Hi! I always drink wine while cooking and with Dry January this has not been an option. It has been easier than anticipated!! I am sticking with dry Feb until I hit my weight goal. In February though I may have a few glasses here and there. Nothing compared to last Feb!
  • KimCurtiss1KimCurtiss1 Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    SFJULES66 wrote: »
    @KimCurtiss1
    I am drinking ALOT of hot tea! :smiley:

    Me too! Loving Bengal Spice w/ Truvia and a splash of almond milk

    That sounds good! I love spice teas..my favorite is Stash Licorice Spice..
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