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How to Booze as well as Lose

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  • Publish Date: Jun 4, 2010

How To Booze as Well as Lose
A group of brave women try to drink and drop pounds.

Recently, a staffer here at The Daily Sip stopped drinking wine for three months, a process that involved lots of sipping and spitting, followed by cursing of a certain doctor's name. By the time the three months were up, said staffer had lost close to ten pounds without much exercising.

As much as we love wine, there's the cold, hard truth that a couple glasses of cabernet pack a caloric punch. So if you're trying to shed some weight but don't want to give up wine, how do you incorporate it into your diet? The six San Francisco ladies behind the blog Eleven Points: Winos on Weight Watchers are in the process of answering that very question.

The funny, encouraging blog is named for the 11 points that a glass of wine costs a Weight Watcher in his or her daily diet. Together, the ladies hope to lose the collective weight of one Backstreet Boy--they're currently halfway home--while still making room for wine in their diets. (We have no idea why a Backstreet Boy as opposed to a Jonas Brother or a Bieber, but to each his own.)

Now, we've all seen reports saying that those who regularly consume alcohol moderately suffer fewer health problems, including weight gain--but our own experiences indicate otherwise. We drink less, we gain less (weight...can't say the same for the social life). Which totally bums us out, but that seems to be the way it is.

If you've had success losing weight while uncoroking wine, however, we want to hear about it. Share your experiences with us and the ladies of Eleven Points here.

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Jun 5, 2010
I do Body by Vi challenge.  I have lost 12 pounds in six weeks and still drink my wine a couple of days a week.  Love the challenge and my wine.

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Jun 4, 2010
Since I've been in the Army (12 years this month) My weight has steadily increased over the years despite constantly working out (which is required, of course).  That's just age.  Soldiers have been known to booze on their time off, but yet the majority of them gain either little weight, or none at all.  An active physical training regimen coupled with common sense on nutrition equals weight loss, or simply maintaining.  As for wine or beer.  I am the example that as you get older, it's harder to keep the weight off.  HOWEVER, I'm still within Army standards with height and weight.  Bottom line:  you CAN drink wine and still maintain or lose weight by being active and being smart about food.

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Jun 4, 2010
After successfully loosing 57 pounds in 6 months by following the Weight Watchers plan and measuring everything EXCEPT my wine (I refused to do that) there is proof in the glass that you can enjoy some vino and still loose the pounds.  Mind you I did not over indulge in my libations, one glass a day with dinner, but did allow myself a few "no point" evenings to enjoy more than one glass of that occasional fantastic wine.

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Jun 4, 2010
57 lbs in 6 months!? Way to go! No fun giving up the
vino, especially the good stuff :) I like your comment
"there is proof in the glass"! Cheers to you!
Jun 4, 2010
Katie, congratulations! So impressive that you were
able to lose that much weight and still regularly enjoy
Jun 4, 2010
Hmm, I watched the youtube video and was a little confused...weekly weight loss was "negative four pounds" says one of the bloggers. Does that mean she gained four pounds that week?

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Jun 4, 2010
Just to confirm, it was a 4 pound loss :) Wino Loreal
is running a half-marathon and the training is helping
in her quest to lose even with the booze!
Jun 4, 2010
That's what I thought, just a little confusing. Usually
people say "I lost four pounds." Either way, impressive
for only a week!