For all the wine (and spirit, and beer) lovers!

Okay, all. I'm new to MFP and I wasn't able to find anything about this yet (and if there is, I apologize). Already so many of you have been an inspiration to me, so thanks!

But one thing I won't want to give up completely is my wine -- Chardonnay Fridays and Sauv Sundays especially. Now, don't panic -- no, I don't have a drinking problem, but probably twice a week I like to have wine, and I'd love to hear from people who have managed to lose weight while still enjoying their tipple of choice.



  • glin23
    glin23 Posts: 460 Member
    I'd just work it into your calorie alotment for the day just like anything else. There really doesn't need to be any degree of concern, IMO.
  • OMG, I love wine. So. Much. I think I'm going to cut it back out for a while though, my weight seems to be increasing lately. I was still having wine a couple times a week back when I lost almost 40 pounds. It didn't seem to affect me that much since I was just being healthier in general. Like what was already said, just keep up with the calories from it too.
  • If you're doing strength training, a moderate amount of (preferably purified) alcohol may preserve muscle loss on a calorie deficit.

    If it fits in your calories, a drink or two a week isn't going to screw you up. I maintain a 1lb/week loss while cutting and have a couple of ounces of rum about twice a week. No bigs.
  • barbie3000
    barbie3000 Posts: 73 Member
    Wow, didn't know that. Maybe I should switch to vodka instead of wine...
  • MrsMX
    MrsMX Posts: 98
    Must admit I enjoy or rather enjoyed a drink or two mainly on the weekends!

    I used to drink scotch and dry or Jack Daniels and coke but now I enjoy a few glasses of wine on occasion, I'm thoroughly enjoying the journey of getting fit and finding I don't really want to drink .. I did 2 workouts yesterday because I knew we had visitors coming and we'd have a drink!! Lol

    less calories in wine than mixed spirits :))x
  • Pinkee33
    Pinkee33 Posts: 769 Member
    I love the occasional glass of Merlot and when calories allow, I fit it in OR I intentionally watch my intake for the day if I'm feelin' like a glass or two :drinker:
    KANGOOJUMPS Posts: 6,474 Member
    if you do all three
    add me
  • Keiras_Mom
    Keiras_Mom Posts: 844 Member
    I drink plenty and often, lol. As long as I'm honest about the calories and work it into my allotment, I've had no problems losing weight.
  • rgrange
    rgrange Posts: 236 Member
    just work it into your daily calories. You can meet your goals and drink.

    source: I'm drunk right now
  • QuincyChick
    QuincyChick Posts: 269 Member
    I drink plenty and often, lol. As long as I'm honest about the calories and work it into my allotment, I've had no problems losing weight.

  • newmanel
    newmanel Posts: 61 Member
    Dry white wines are really not very high-calorie, all things considered. You could drink vodka sodas for fewer calories, but the best advice is to drink what you want within your calorie allotment.
  • Juniper3411
    Juniper3411 Posts: 167 Member
    Agreed with others on this topic :) I'm a drinker, always will be LOL and as long as I'm honest (or at least mostly teehee) it hasnt' affected my weight loss.

    Actually as long as you drink a mixer with 0 calories, vodka or light rum has less calories then wine. I believe it is 90 calories for 1 1/2 ounces of vodka. I am soooo guilty of saving up calories for alcohol...just take a look at my diary!!
  • 58Rock
    58Rock Posts: 176 Member
    Wine: everyday.
    “Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.”
  • Juniper3411
    Juniper3411 Posts: 167 Member
    Fun side note...the less you eat the faster you get drunk LOL

    ETA: Less volume to get you drunk = less calories from alcohol...
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,811 Member
    Plan it.
    Drink it.
    Enjoy it.

    I'm no doubt drinking less but unless you plan on going teetotal for the rest of your life then excluding something you enjoy isn't likely to be successful in the long term.
  • jmc0806
    jmc0806 Posts: 1,444 Member
    I didn't give up alcohol
  • quicklabs
    quicklabs Posts: 254 Member
    I have to admit, I'm a total wine, beer and liqueur snob! There is no way I could give those up. So, I just set aside the calories or exercise harder. I have to say, I can't indulge every day the way I used to, but that's OK. I buy only the best now so that I can really, really enjoy it.
  • Nicolee_2014
    Nicolee_2014 Posts: 1,572 Member
    If it fits into your diary - no reason not to have it :smile:
  • barbie3000
    barbie3000 Posts: 73 Member
    Thanks, all. Some of you made me cackle out loud.