Beer and Weight Loss

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SummitSeries72, Jun 7, 2013.

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  1. BeerLightning

    BeerLightning Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2011 Colorado

    I actually had very good results on a beer-and-eggs diet. I'd wake up in the morning and have a couple of IPAs and maybe 24 eggs, and that was my food for the day. Dropped a couple pounds a week doing that.
  2. Dakotah

    Dakotah Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 California

    Hot sauce isn't the problem. Drink the beer you like, train harder. /thread
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  3. KingSlayer

    KingSlayer Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California has some specific beer info
  4. StoutItOutLoud

    StoutItOutLoud Pundit (928) Apr 1, 2013 Illinois

    For a 12-oz bottle, 1% alcohol = ~30 calories. There are many good 5-6% brews.

    I drink a bottle two days a week, after my workouts, before a late dinner, with a 22 on the weekend.

    Definitely cut out processed sugars though. With exercise, you'll immediately lose 10 pounds.
  5. StoutItOutLoud

    StoutItOutLoud Pundit (928) Apr 1, 2013 Illinois

  6. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Beer as part of a calorie counting diet is usually not a good idea. When I do a biggest loser contest I use beer as a reward (a beer for every x lbs lost). If you plan to drink more often than that I suggest an exercise to beer budget where you put in more exercise to counter the beer calories.

    To specifically answer your question since you are in Cali nothing wrong with SNPA and the occasional Torpedo if that's your style. Tripels should probably be avoided or used as a reward.
  7. lostgrrl666

    lostgrrl666 Devotee (343) Jun 4, 2013 Texas

    ive been eating a lot of fruits and veggies and havent gave up beer, i eat a little bit of meat still but mostly veggies and fruits and ive been able to loose weight. i lost 10 pounds already. i drink 3 times a week tho
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  8. jzlyo

    jzlyo Pooh-Bah (2,197) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa

    Drink what you like but less of it and exercise more. If that doesn't work, try to drink a little less and exercise a little more until you'll find a happy medium.
  9. Jonny41

    Jonny41 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2012 Maine

    weight watchers for men, helps you add beer into your daily menu and still loose weight, I have beer and pizza almost every day and ive lost 25 lbs, plus you make sure that when you drink is quality beer plus they allow you to over due a little on the week ends.
  10. jstevie

    jstevie Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    Word of advice: don't seek diet/fitness advice from a beer site. That said, losing weight/staying in shape is 90% diet and 10% exercise.
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  11. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Initiate (0) May 29, 2011 Florida

    1. Weight gain, nutritionally, is glucose centric. The amount of intake of fats and proteins has little to do with weight gain. Glucose, in short, if not used by the body is metabolized to acetyl-CoA (unit of fat) & the end product of glycolysis leads to acetyl-CoA as well. I haven't personally read it front to back, but a book, "The are and science of low carbohydrate living", is a good testimonial to this.

    2. Beer is essentially the fermentation of various sugar forms down to a certain percentage. Most yeast strains only eat 70-80% of sugars in solution before they finish out. Which means there are 20-30% of all sugars left in suspension, on average. This is then consumed by you.

    3. The higher gravity beers will have more alcohol to be broken down by the body and more unfermented sugars in the final product. I.E. ; some high alcohol beers' final gravity is upwards of 1.035 specific gravity, as opposed to lower alcohol beers that tend to finish out around 1.008 - 1.012, or even lower in some cases and obviously with less alcohol in the product.

    For me, I just try to limit carbohydrate intake in my meals throughout the day, knowing that I will have a few beers. And, on a daily basis, I try not to drink more than 2 lower alcohol or 1 higher alcohol beer and I try to drink it a few hrs before sleep, that way I can burn up some of the intake.
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  12. Dope

    Dope Pooh-Bah (2,529) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    Why not?

  13. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    You mean the weight watchers for men with the terribly ignorant commercial where your beer intake is determined by the color of your beer? I won't argue that it may work but the short sightedness of the way they publicize their plan completely dismisses any legitimacy they have in my mind.
  14. leftymgp

    leftymgp Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 Texas

    Let see, I'm 6'3" and I went from 225 lbs to 170 lbs and I definitely did not stop drinking beer. Things I DID do...

    1) Work out every day, cardio 3 times a week, lift 3 times a week, run distance 1 day a week
    2) Don't eat so damn much. I measure my meals, never go out to eat, etc.
    3) I only drink on the weekends or on special weekday special occasions.

    Simple... I've been < 175 for 3 years now and that's all I do. Harder than it sounds, but it's really not that difficult.
  15. DropDead

    DropDead Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Illinois

    If you only drink on the weekend then that's probably why the calories are not a big deal compared to your fitness lifestyle. Problem is I think people on the forum would like to drink alot more often =/
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  16. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    There is no need to measure hot sauce with a spoon unless you are so enmeshed in bad habits that you are overdoing everything. Go ahead and measure things just to get the idea of what an actual portion size is and observe the calorie count in everything until you know it like the back of your hand. Give up soda and drink water. You need a lot more water than you get anyway. Give up deep fried foods, and do all your frying in a saute pan with either olive or peanut oil. Learn how to roast every vegetable and dust off the spice jars and start using what's in them. Use fresh herbs and never flavor with salt. Cook for yourself and use lots of citrus, peel and juice.

    Exercise. Do anything you can to get yourself moving. Start slow and don't try to copy anyone else's level of fitness. Walk a lot. Two beers per day. Stick to it and don't fret over what kind of beer it is unless it's high calorie stouts.

    Make changes slowly and always understand that you have to adjust pyschologically and physically to any loss of weight. Maintaining a weight loss is the most important last step. You do not need to lose 10 pounds in a week.
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  17. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado

    Cut back to 5 beers per week from 10ish, 1800calorie diet, and run 3-4 5ks a week. Lost 15 pounds in 3 months. I'm a skinny bitch at 155 now suckers! Getting in rock climbing shape.
  18. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Pooh-Bah (1,583) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    2 words, DRINK WATER...that is all
  19. Ford

    Ford Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2012 Texas

    For me it is carbs.... I had to cut out bread and beer for most of the week.

    I've gone Paleo... beer is for cheat days/meals.

    I don't have to count calories.. I just eat meats, veggies and fruits six days a week. No bread or grains for the most part.

    I don't believe in the pure calorie in/calorie out.. it just doesn't work for everyone and it has shown time and time again, that humans simply don't do well punishing themselves long term with a low amount of calories.. many people who try this long term end up failing.
  20. Ford

    Ford Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2012 Texas

    This is spot on and basically how I have been doing things... beer is a pleasure/gift during the weight loss stage... then once you reach goal you can see how much you can incorporate back in...

    For some people natural genetics take care of everything.. if you are like me.. cursed with the ability turn carbs into fat really quickly.. you have to pay more attention and work harder.
  21. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    While that may be true, I don't recall the main theme of the thread calling for "low calories".

    The basic nutritional premise of expending more calories than ingesting will always hold true. That's what most people here are advocating.

    IMO, it's best to limit one's self to a pound a week of weight loss (though the first week, 2-5 lbs. may come off, which will be mostly water). It's unreasonable and usually unsustainable to keep weight off after losing 2-3 lbs. a week over a long term.
  22. Jonny41

    Jonny41 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2012 Maine

    never seen the commercial, just drink what I want, great stouts, heady whatever and count the points into my day. Drink much more quality beers on the week end and much less week day thou.
  23. Purp1eOne

    Purp1eOne Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2010 Illinois

    cut the carbs, workout a few times a week, drink water only(besides beer) and limit the beer.
  24. Beer-A-Lot

    Beer-A-Lot Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

    Jog to the beer store.
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  25. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    And sprint to the fridge.
  26. Hopbomber

    Hopbomber Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 England

    Personally, I think you can drink whatever you want 1-2 times p/w and lose weight but you have to eat healthily that means NO processed food junk food or nasty shop bought bread or soda/pop and no junk whilst drunk.
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  27. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I'm in weight loss mode and step one is eating better. No potatoes, rice, white bread, or white flour products. I don't have a sweet tooth, and I don't like soda. More protein, more fruits, vegetables, complex cards in, bad carbs out. Unfortunately up front beer is bad carbs so is my is my ever loved martini's. One month ban on martini's, and a two month ban on beer to jump start things, I can't go in half way on this. The problem with alcohol isn't necessarily the carbs and calories up front as it would appear in moderation, it's that they stimulate the/ my appetite and lower my resistance to a cheating snack. I also drink a ton of water.

    For anyone who's doing this please don't believe the supplement ad, or the 6 pack abs in 4 minutes stuff. I'm working with a nutritionist at a major hospital because my insurance will pay for it so I'm taking advantage. If this stuff really worked don't you think a professional would know this and use it to help her serious diabetic patients? She doesn't because it doesn't, and some are dangerous. To get 6 pack abs and define muscle you need to be under 10% BMI, and that ain't happening with 4 minute work outs a day or eating or taking any supplement. You can crunch yourself to death , but your not getting abs with 25% BMI, but you will increase strength, so it's not a waste, just don't expect to look like a fitness model. You need to do what you can do long term, no yo yo diets like Atkins, it's not sustainable and it's a pain in the ass.
  28. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    You're confusing BMI (which is a bloviated waste... and a whole 'nuther discussion altogether), with Bodyfat %.

    For most men, you won't see cut abs unless you're under about 12-13% bodyfat percentage, and the lower, the more cut.

    By the way, it's just plain "BMI", not "BMI%". :wink:
  29. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Thanks, I assumed percent body fat, and BMI were the same thing. My BMI is a little under 30, and I have about 40 lbs to lose, according to my doc.
  30. chiefojibwa

    chiefojibwa Initiate (0) May 19, 2009 Washington

    i've been sick with a nasty cold for about a week now. no beer and no exercise. i've already dropped about 5 pounds, and i've been eating like a pig. at this point it's doubtful if i will go back to having beer every day.
  31. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    So you're about 6', 220 lbs?

    Here's why BMI (by itself) is a complete joke. A very fit man (say like a running back or strong safety in high school, college, NFL) is 5'10", and weighs 205 lbs. His BMI would be just under 30 (borderline obese). Yet, his bodyfat percentage could be 6%, and he will look like he's carved out of stone.

    Then, you could have a 5'10" man that hasn't set foot in a gym in 30 years, be 173 lbs. His BMI would be at the high end of "normal weight". Yet, his bodyfat percentage could be upwards of 25-30% and he's all jello.

    Which would you rather be?
  32. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    How do you calculate % body fat?
  33. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Yes you are all right about the idea that people have unrealistic body image and then justify it with pounds/bmi and calorie counting methods. Yoga can teach you how to perceive your body wight realistically and gently over time. If you never use your body you do not have a real sense of it. (riding in cars, elevators, sitting all day) The six pack abs are not necessary and most yoga poses involve some kind of core strength. Yoga postures and twists stimulate digestion, cleanse the internal organs, release toxins and can help to stimulate and regulate hormones and metabolism. The best thing about yoga is that no matter what your level of fitness, whether you are in full poses or simple modified poses, you reap the same benefits. Get a nice, long boring instructional video and a yoga mat.

    PS - use rosin to initiate your yoga mat so that you do not slip around on it brand new. Try the local dance store or sporting goods store. I buy the rock rosin by the pound and pound it with a hammer.
  34. braugon

    braugon Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Connecticut

    Same, myfitnesspal user since 4/22. currently my weight loss at -23lbs. I have 2-3 craft beers a night.
  35. nuckbuc

    nuckbuc Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 New York

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  36. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Beer has a lot of carbs. Don't eat bread, pasta, rice, etc. Eat vegetables for your solid carbs and beer will add to the total amount. Also, do CrossFit. First, because CrossFit is the best, and second because you will lose fat.
  37. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Fat weight / Total weight.

    There are many scales out there now that are affordable and can estimate your bodyfat %, though they're not 100% accurate.

    The only close to 100% accurate method would be to submerge yourself in water (Hydrostatic Testing)
  38. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Well, that was very scientific. :confused:

    Not all scientists / fitness experts, etc. agree. But, basically, in order to lose fat, you will need to burn more calories than you take in. Second, the most agreed upon way is any kind of cardiovascular exercise where your heart rate is in the 65-75% zone (65-75% of maximum heart rate) for a period of at least 20-30 minutes, at least 4 days per week.

    Maximum heart rate ~ 220 minus your age. This is a very basic calculator and there are many more advanced ways to calculate your true maximum heart rate. However, this is usually 95% accurate.

    So, if you're 30, your maximum heart rate is 190. 65-75% of that would be 124-143 beats per minute.
  39. videofrog

    videofrog Savant (1,244) Nov 13, 2010 Texas

    82.3% of all statistics are made up. :stuck_out_tongue:
  40. kdb150

    kdb150 Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Home scales claim to be able to do this, but they can't. As far as I can tell all they will do is straight up convert your BMI to a body fat%, which is only a very rough estimate, and only works for people who have an average proportion of fat to muscle.

    The only way to accurately measure body fat is to measure the amount of water your body displaces; ie, your doctor dunks you in a tank of water. There are also pinching devices that pinch the fat on various parts of your body and use the combined readings to estimate your body fat, which can give a decent ballpark.
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