Wine is my!

Hi group, Been trying to follow a 1200 calorie diet but I typically drink 2 glasses of wine at dinner. I am Italian and it is what I am used to. I want to change so I only have wine on the weekends. It is so hard because we get together with friends and make gourmet dinners and of course wine is always present. Any alternative suggestions to wine?


  • CoraGregoryCPA
    CoraGregoryCPA Posts: 1,097 Member
    Water :)

    I'm a huge wine drinker too. But I noticed small improvements helped. So cut back to 1 glass of wine with dinner. Yes, I know it's hard. Drink one glass then fill the glass with water instead of wine.

    AFter you have mastered that, you could also fill the 1 glass with ice and wine. The ice will help you get "more" wine and the alcohol affect but less calories. It's always helped me.

    After you have mastered that technique, then you can cut back to 1/2 a glass, then no glass, then only weekends, etc. Small improvements to cut back will help!

    Also, maybe 1400 calories a day won't be too bad so you can have that glass of wine. You have to enjoy this. It is a lifestyle change but not an "end all".
  • sprintto50
    sprintto50 Posts: 410 Member
    You could compromise with a spritzer instead of a glass of wine. Or drink whatever low calorie beverage you like, out of your wine glass. I like sparkling water with a bit of lemon or lime. Wine has a place in your diet. It's like everything else you enjoy. Moderation. And starting new, healthy habits.
  • labellecanuck
    labellecanuck Posts: 105 Member
    Instead of having 2 glasses, being to reduce by getting two half glasses.
    I know the social pressure of drinking wine can be tough to resist but once you start, it won't be that difficult to follow through on.
  • Gemalar
    Gemalar Posts: 301 Member
    weight watchers do nice rose (and white i think) they are actually really tasty and so low in calories its unreal
  • CoraGregoryCPA
    CoraGregoryCPA Posts: 1,097 Member
    I wonder where you get this at?

    I also agree with the comment about 2 1/2 glasses instead of 2 full glasses. Do 2 oz per glass or something.
    weight watchers do nice rose (and white i think) they are actually really tasty and so low in calories its unreal
  • Great suggestions! Keep 'em coming. Thank you so much! Don't have access to WW wine:( where do you buy it?
  • vickie62
    vickie62 Posts: 1 Member
    Unfortunately wine is my downfall too!! Trying to hold for the weekends :)
  • Unfortunately wine is my downfall too!! Trying to hold for the weekends :)

    I think I have a better shot at winning the lottery, lol
  • Kethypookins
    Kethypookins Posts: 6 Member
    I heard on a nutrition program that a typical serving of alcohol in any form will be treated by your body as 40 grams of sugar. That's enough to make me think twice!
  • Weight watchers wine in the UK is available from Asda and Waitrose. You can order it online frrom them but they only deliver to the UK. WW rose is really nice!!
  • SuffolkSally
    SuffolkSally Posts: 965 Member
    No answers here, it's a problem for me too... If you can stick to two glasses that's not too bad for calories, maybe you could exercise more/compromise on your rate of weightloss/have smaller measures to make it work within your goals.

    Me, when I drink wine I have way more than that, which is bad calorie wise and is also awful for my motivation level. I find it easier to not drink at all, and find others respect that too, whereas there's peer pressure to have another glass or finsih the bottle if everyone else is in that mode.
  • sdbart
    sdbart Posts: 189 Member
    I get the single serving bottle of wine (barefoot pinot noir). Split that small bottle into 2 glasses of wine and you won't feel like you are depriving yourself of your "two glasses of wine" Good luck and I understand... I like my glass of wine on the weekends and will make my accommodations in my diet to do so.

    I know this sounds strange... but you could also up your calories from 1200 to how ever many you need to fit in the two glasses of wine into your calories per day. Just make sure that before you set up your food for the day, you put your wine in right in the morning so you don't go over on the food...
  • AliceNov2011
    AliceNov2011 Posts: 471 Member
    I'm from New Orleans, so wine is normal at my table, too.

    I pour one XX ounce glass (on the food scale), and don't allow myself to refill it. So I sip slowly all night instead of going back over and over again. Once my glass is empty, I'm back to water.

    On date night, I allow myself up to three light (no sugary mixers) 1-oz. vodka, rum or tequila cocktails or share a bottle of wine.

    In general, that means I'm allotting 250ish calories a day to alcohol, on average. I eat well, so I can live with that.
  • arnfolly
    arnfolly Posts: 79 Member
    I am NOT Italian, but LOVE my ITALIAN PINOT GRIGIO. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I use to drink it nightly as well, and have learned to do w/o and cut back to only weekends. I drink water. I will however put water in my wine glass, the oral fixation helped the situation believe it or not.
  • kbeech06
    kbeech06 Posts: 328 Member
    I love wine, especially red. I could happily polish off a bottle by myself. I did however give it up for Lent. All alcohol actually, but since I usually only drink wine, its wine that I am missing most. I figured Lent would give me the reason to give it up and stick to it. Its been just over two weeks since I've had any...and I do miss it. I have been drinking water with lemon, or fizzy water with lemon. When we have dinner, I take out a wine glass, and fill it with water. Hopefully once Lent is over, I will be able to stick to a glass or two on weekends.

    Editing to add, what's really hard is hubby loves red wine too and he's not given it there is a bottle of wine on the table during our Sunday roast :grumble: :grumble:
  • Have you tried mixing your wine with water? (It's an old trick I learned at corporate events, where we needed to appear to be participating whole heartedly in the revelry, but needed to remain sharp and sober.)
  • AmazonRDH
    AmazonRDH Posts: 203 Member
    i love wine too, sunday is my cheat day. i drink a whole bottle of wine on sunday (LOL!) and then go without the rest of the week, i just remind myself..........4 days til cheat day..... etc. it works for me, :drinker:
  • chicbuc
    chicbuc Posts: 397 Member
    I love wine. I cut down to one 10oz glass at night after I work out and shower and am settling down to wind down for bed...more on Saturdays if I want, and that's cutting way down. I also eat 2000+ calories a day. If I only had 1200 allotted calories there is no way I could have any
  • shadowfeet33
    shadowfeet33 Posts: 45 Member
    This may be one of those situations where I need to take my own advice, BUT here goes anyway. I like wine a lot and when I am successful at avoiding it during the week, it is bc I workout when I get home from work. By the time I get cleaned up and have enough water to get me through my workout, I don't really feel like it anymore or it is too late. Also, if not working out I will have tea or something like that. So, I'll actually DO that this week LOL and post some good numbers :) I am definitely much more successful at losing weight when I avoid wine during the week.
  • Blacklance36
    Blacklance36 Posts: 755 Member
    skinny girl wine is actually good and low in calories.
    Also, I exercise to make up for wine intake.