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  • Thursday, February 22, 2007
    Guest Blogger - Why Alcohol is Pooey
    Harmless Error made the innocent mistake of asking Beloved to prove his second-hand statement from my post about giving up alcohol for lent ... I received the following in my inbox as a comment begging to be approved, but figured - hell, why not let Beloved prove his point (ad nauseum?) in the main text?
    two general problems with alcohol: it provides empty calories (they have no nutritional benefit) that the body cannot convert into energy and it weakens the liver which is the primary organ for dealing with fat metabolism. in addition, alcohol is full of sugars, stimulates the appetite, and prevents the body from recognizing when it has been sated, especially by fats, allowing for an over-stimulated appetite and excess eating.

    all things you'd want to avoid if you were trying to lose weight.

    general stuff here on diets and alcohol
    www.jrussellshealth.com/alcwt.html

    i find dr. weil fairly credible
    www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA360805

    here the point is that while alcohol itself doesn't add to weight increase in and of itself, the addition of alcohol to a person trying to lose weight is negatively impacted
    alcoholism.about.com/cs/alerts/l/blnaa35.htm

    yes, it's thin on supporting documentation, but consistant what my doctor once told me
    www.bodytrends.com/articles/diet/performnut.asp

    here we get a report that says alcohol increases metabolism, but in doing so slows down the ability to burn off fat
    www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/research/alcohol.htm

    more of the same
    www.drgillianmckeith.com/nutrition-weightloss.php

    what i have found is that nay-sayers tend to suggest that alcohol in moderation is fine, and there are those studies showing the medicinal benefits of red wine, but the fact remains that alcohol has more going against it than for it in a person looking to modify their diet and or weight. and nowhere can i find anyone credible saying that you don't need to worry about alcohol when balancing a diet.

    zuska gets more benefit out of the cup of red grapes in her morning smoothie than she would in a glass of wine at the end of the day -- nutritional benefits of the grapes, medicinal from the skin -- and it's lower in calories.

    is this enough documentation?
    Perhaps WonL will happen by to read this, and be given the strength to get through her Dry Lent :)

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    posted by Zuska @ 9:50 AM  
    3 Comments:
    • At Thursday, February 22, 2007 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Housewife said…

      "more benefit out of the cup of red grapes in her morning smoothie than she would in a glass of wine at the end of the day -- nutritional benefits of the grapes, medicinal from the skin -- and it's lower in calories."

      Yes, I'd have to agree that is medically sound.

      Socially... ooh... I know a few ladies in the neighborhood that shouldn't give up their wine.

      In late April I'll have to give up all alcohol until mid June when I run my marathon. I ought to be more pissed off than usual.

       
    • At Thursday, February 22, 2007 2:50:00 PM, Blogger Law-Rah said…

      I believe you, anonymous commenter turned guest poster. And now, I fully expect to drop 20 pounds by graduation!

       
    • At Thursday, February 22, 2007 2:53:00 PM, Blogger Law-Rah said…

      Ooooh, just realized Beloved was the commenter. See, alcochol killed too many of my brain cells already.

       
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