To drink or not to drink?

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Director of Nutrition and Dietary Services at Nutrisystem

That is the question that comes up often from new members either on our Discussion Boards or cialis price with our Counseling Department.  “Can I have a drink while on the Nutrisystem program?”   

A few members have reported that their doctor recommended a glass of red wine daily.

There is research that indicates wine and other alcoholic beverages are beneficial in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and may possibly even lower the risk for type 2 diabetes.  The research reporting health benefits always come with the warning: “in moderation.”  For women and older men, that is one drink, and for younger men, no more than two drinks a day.

But, of course, there are also some health risks to be considered with too much alcohol, including an increase in breast cancer risk and higher triglycerides.  Certain medications come with a warning against drinking alcohol during treatment.  And, needless to say, there is the potential for injuries due to impaired motor skills while

driving. 

Avoiding alcohol altogether while you are trying to lose weight will likely help you reach your goal faster. Alcohol is high in calories (7 calories per gram of alcohol compared to 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate or protein).  It’s easy to drink more than you planned on, once you get started, and those calories will quickly add up.  Alcohol can help stimulate appetite, so you end up eating more in addition.   

The height of the summer season is here and that means cookouts, sporting events, and often, a shopping list including beer and wine coolers.   So what do you drink when you are watching your weight, but there’s pressure to have a drink?  How about sparkling water with a slice of lemon or lime?  Tomato or V-8 juice with lemon. (It counts as one of your vegetable servings.) Ask for a white wine spritzer; with half white wine and half club soda, you get half the calories.  If you are a beer drinker, I suggest stopping at one lite beer. 

Some of our members do knowingly decide that a slower weight loss is an acceptable tradeoff for an occasional drink.  However, a long summer of weekends that include multiple beers or other alcoholic beverages may mean that, come Labor Day, the scale has moved in the wrong direction.

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One Response to To drink or not to drink?

  1. I notice you have a Blogs We Love list in the right-hand column. You should add “Stomach Rumblings” by Susie who has been very successful on NS for over a year. She is compensated by NS in the form of shipments for keeping the blog, so it is indeed NS-related. Plus, she has the most amazing recipes for NS foods to fit within the guidelines and she has reviewed every NS entree. Stomach Rumblings can be found on Blogger.

    Here is the link to Susie’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500576261

    I love reading the posts here on NS’s blog. Thank you for writing them.