Weight loss/ wine intake

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 19, 2010 at 11:39 PM

I posted a question a few weeks back about weight loss and bloating. At the time I had been doing pretty strict Paleo (no dairy/ lots of leaner meats and veggies) for about 3 weeks, and I had gained some inches. I am also doing cross fit 4-5 times a week. I took the suggestions given, and cut out the small amount of nuts and dried fruits I was consuming. 6 Weeks into it and I am still not loosing any weight or bulk.

There is not a lot I can cut out at this point, but was wondering how much red wine can effect weight loss. I usually like to have 2 glasses at night, sometimes more. Can this be the reason I am not showing any results? Or am I expecting too much prematurely? I've heard lots of cases of people loosing up to 10 lbs in the first 30 days, so maybe I just went in with inflated expectations? I like the Paleo diet, and plan to continue, but not if I keep gaining weight.

I finished my last bottle last night, and plan to take a hiatus for a few weeks to see if that's the culprit. Any one have any thoughts? Thanks,



on November 20, 2010
at 09:44 PM

And yes, cut out the wine. I cant lose if I drink, period.



on November 20, 2010
at 09:44 PM

Maybe add some more fat



on November 20, 2010
at 01:16 AM

Definitely worth trying.

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on November 20, 2010
at 01:52 AM

Alcohol ingestion may interfere with lipid metabolism and contribute to weight gain. It is one of the causes of fatty liver; it lowers testosterone levels for up to 24 hours; it decreases the amount of fat your body uses for energy, in a way very similar to excess carbohydrate ingestion.

The liver/body reaction to alcohol is very personal: two or more glasses of wine in one shot might be too much for some people. Give it up for a few weeks and see the results: if they are positive in terms of weight loss, it's a good hint that probably alcohol is too harsh on your metabolism, and might cause damages beyond weight gain.

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on November 20, 2010
at 03:34 PM

Booze was my biggest paleo cheat. I brew my own beer and would have 2-3 most evenings after work, few more on weekends. Could never figure out why my paleo approach had me yo-yoing between 180 and 175 lbs for months. 175 on friday, 180 on monday... I decided to face the truth and cut out beer. 12 pounds in 4 weeks was the result. I've had 3 drinks in that time and felt quite messed up by them.

Gotta try it for a month or you'll never know.



on November 20, 2010
at 12:14 AM

Similar to the above answer about losing body fat... Paleo + Crossfit = fat loss and muscle gain = the number on the scale maybe remaining the same. Muscle weighs more than fat. Be sure you are not just focusing on the number on the scale, but on your body composition as well. INCHES! take measurements if you haven't already.

As for your wine question... I used to drink beer and hard alcohol heavily on the weekends! party! party! I still ate well (not paleo -but focused on calorie intake) and exercised. But once I cut that alcohol out (I maybe drink once a month these days) there was a huge difference in how bloated I looked (and felt). I didn't lose any weight but by not drinking as much starting crossfit and now eating a semi-paleo diet, people will ask me if I have lost 10lbs since my drinking days.

I think you have the right idea by taking a hiatis from the wine for a few weeks and seeing what it does! :)


on November 19, 2010
at 11:47 PM

I lost 115lbs, but not doing Paleo. I was a calorie counter while doing that. I've used Paleo to lose body fat. When I was actively losing, I always had to drop the alcohol. I don't think it was the added calories so much as how it affected me with bloating and then taking days to get it out of my system.

I truly believe that a 1-3lb loss per week is the best way to lose weight. You really should be able to do that if you are eating well and doing Crossfit 4-5 times a week. Give it 2 weeks without the wine and see how you do.

Good luck!

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