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Before I begin, I wanna ask: Franchise Stores or Restaurants that Drug Test as part of employment?.

My next question is: What is the protocol for having a glass of wine or a cocktail on this program from time to time?..

Comments (15)

Your question was: Franchise Stores or Restaurants that Drug Test as part of employment?.

OK, response from one of the resident wine-o's. Come on over to the No Wine Zone in the Newbie Forum.

My advice is no alcohol. It will definitely hinder your weight loss. It's actually what put my weight on. I'm speaking from experience..

My weight loss journey has been slow and steady. I have had not gained one pound back and am gradually losing, averaging 1-1.5 pounds per week. I'm down 19 pounds in less than 3 months..

In the past, I have tried lots of other diets and actually skipped food so that I could have my wine. Obviously this didn't work and I gained 25 pounds in 4 years..

Try to give it at least one month with no alcohol at all to gauge your true weight loss. After a month, it does get easier and the cravings go away. Good luck...

Comment #1

Alcohol protocol? Nope, no protocol that I know of. There's no NS police, so as long as you're of age, you can consume alcohol. Here's a good article with interesting information....

Choose Wisely to Stay On Track.

By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer.

A key to any successful lifestyle change is moderation. While you may be sticking to a healthier eating plan on most days, certain occasions call for a bit of relaxation, oftentimes in the form of an alcoholic drink. While alcohol is fat-free and low in carbs, it's important to remember that it's the calories that count when it comes to weight management. As you know, alcohol and dieting dont mix wellyour body processes alcohol first, leaving carbohydrates and fats to get stored as fat instead of getting used as fuel..

Even if you are careful about your alcohol consumption, all drinks are not created equal on the dieting scale and some choices are better than others. Here's a short guide to the calorie contents of different types of alcohol. Use it as a quick resource so you can make the best alcohol choices while sticking to your dietary goals..

Wine: The Most Diet-Friendly Choice.

If youre going to drink, wine is the most calorie-friendly selection with a typical 20 calories per ounce. Each 5-ounce glass would then be 100 calories with no cholesterol, sodium or fat. This is true for both red and white wine, from merlot to chardonnay. Sherry, a sweet, fortified wine runs a bit higher with 32 calories per ounce but it is usually served in smaller portions as an after-dinner drink..

Here is the nutritional information for some popular wines per ounce:.

WineCaloriesCarbsPer 5-oz Serving.

Chardonnay200.4 g100 calories, 2 g carbs.

Pinot Grigio200.4 g100 calories, 2 g carbs.

Zinfandel White Wine200.4 g100 calories, 2 g carbs.

Cabernet Sauvignon200.8 g100 calories, 4 g carbs.

Merlot Red Wine200.8 g100 calories, 4 g carbs.

Hard Liquor: Easy on Your Diet.

Hard liquor is higher in calories per ounce than wine, and is often mixed with soda, which increases the calorie count. If youre going to drink liquor, use calorie-free mixers like diet soda or tonic water. One shot glass or mixed drink will contain about 1.5 ounces of hard liquor..

Here is the nutritional information for some favorites, based on one ounce:.

Hard LiquorCaloriesCarbsPer 1.5-oz Serving.

Vermouth320.2 g64 calories, 0.4 g carbs.

Coconut Rum515.3 g77 calories, 8 g carbs.

Beefeater Gin650 g98 calories, 0 g carbs.

Rye Whiskey690 g104 calories, 0 g carbs.

Scotch Whiskey690 g104 calories, 0 g carbs.

White Rum690 g104 calories, 0 g carbs.

Vodka690 g104 calories, 0 g carbs.

Cognac692 g104 calories, 3 g carbs.

Tequila695.3 g104 calories, 8 g carbs.

Gilbeys Gin790 g119 calories, 0 g carbs.

Beer: Raise Your Glass with Care.

Beer is the next best choice for dieters with, about 150 calories per 12-ounce serving. Choosing light beers will drop your caloric intake without sacrificing much flavor, but keep in mind that it can be hard to estimate your intake when pouring from a pitcher or into an oversized beer mug..

Here is the nutritional information for different types of beer, based on a single ounce:.

BeerCaloriesCarbsPer 12-oz Serving.

"Light" Beer90.5 g108 calories, 6 g carbs.

Draft Beer121.1 g144 calories, 13.2 g carbs.

Lager141.1 g168 calories, 13.2 g carbs.

Ale181.1 g216 calories, 13.2 g carbs.

Liqueur: Small but Potent.

Sometimes the words "cordial" and "liqueur" are used interchangeably since both drinks are flavored, very sweet and often served as (or with) dessert. Liqueurs can be served alone, over ice, with coffee, or mixed with cream or other mixers. Adding mixers will increase the calorie and fat content of your drink. Whether served alone or in a cocktail, one liqueur serving is about 1.5 ounces. While tasty, liqueurs pack the most calories per ounce, so enjoy them sparingly..

Here is the nutritional information for common liqueurs, per one-ounce serving:.

LiquorsCaloriesCarbsPer 1.5-oz Serving.

Chocolate Liqueur10311 g155 calories, 17 g carbs.

Mint Liqueur10311 g155 calories, 17 g carbs.

Peppermint Liqueur10311 g 155 calories, 17 g carbs.

Strawberry Liqueur10311 g155 calories, 17 g carbs.

If you budget your calories carefully, you can safely afford to have a drink or two on a special occasion. But bewaredrinking loosens your inhibitions and may make you eat without thinking. From a health standpoint, calories aren't the only thing to consider. Practice moderation (no more than one drink daily for women and no more than two drinks daily for men) and consider other potential health benefits of different types of alcohol. Most health experts recommend the following hierarchy: choose red wine over white wine; choose wine over beer; choose darker beers over lighter beers; and choose beer over liquor and liqueur..

Article created on: 7/10/2007..

Comment #2

Yes, I also want to know what is the norm with having a lil' wine...

Comment #3

Great feedback.....thanks everybody!.

I'm not one to have a glass every night anyway, just more socially when the occasion arises. Think I'll hang my Merlot hat for awhile!!..

Comment #4

Just be aware that tonic water is not usually calorie-free. Most tonic water is sweetened, and a glance at some labels reveals that an 8 oz. serving contains 90-100 calories. You can get sugar-free tonic water, but it's probably easier to use club soda as a mixer it's sugar-free and calorie-free. (Be aware that both tonic water and club soda usually contain some sodium, so be careful of them if you are watching your salt intake.)..

Comment #5

I have found mango vodka, Fresca 0% everything, and Lite CranRaspberry Juice (count as fruit serving). Is refreshing not too sweet with minimum calories spent...

Comment #6

No alcohol is the best way to go. I believe, that your body has to metabolize the alcohol before it will burn fat.

Consuming alcohol will slow your progress and possibly affect your metabolism..

Stay away from it...

Comment #7

Mary Gregg, the NutriSystem dietitian, had this answer regarding alcohol consumption:.

This is a personal decision based on how well you are losing weight and how important that drink is to you. If you are just starting, it is wise to wait until you see what your weekly weight loss is like. If you are losing well, an occasional light beer or one glass of wine should not hurt you. Keep in mind that alcohol does cause fluid retention. Limiting it to special occasions is a good idea.

Mary G.

This was in answer to someone who asked multiple times if she could continue to drink wine everyday:.

From your previous post, it sounds to me like you really, really want your wine. Everybody just gave some good advice. My suggestion to you is since you are on our program, try limiting the wine for a special occasion instead of having it every single day. Our womens meal plan is 1200 calories. You do not want to substitute wine for anything since wine does does not give you the essential nutrients and vitamins that you would get from other foods. It is very important to add in your dairy/protein, fruit and vegetables.

You will need to consume 3500 calories less in order to lose one pound of fat. On this program, an average weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week which is a healthy weight lose. If you decide to drink wine every day, you will be consuming more than 1200 calories and your weight loss might be slower..

This is what the Dietitian has also said in the past about alcohol consumption:.

We do not encourage individuals to consume alcohol on the program; however, we do understand that many people drink it occasionally for social reasons. If you do choose to consume it, we recommend that it be consumed in small amounts and in moderation. Alcohol can leave you feeling dehydrated and can really add up in calories which can ultimately affect your weight loss.

This is a personal decision based on how well you are losing weight and how important that drink is to you. Since you are just starting, it is wise to wait until you see what your weekly weight loss is like. If you are losing well, an occasional glass of red or white wine should not hurt you. Keep in mind that alcohol does cause fluid retention...

Comment #8

OK, response from one of the resident wine-o's. Come on over to the No Wine Zone in the Newbie Forum.

My advice is no alcohol. It will definitely hinder your weight loss. It's actually what put my weight on. I'm speaking from experience..

My weight loss journey has been slow and steady. I have had not gained one pound back and am gradually losing, averaging 1-1.5 pounds per week. I'm down 19 pounds in less than 3 months..

In the past, I have tried lots of other diets and actually skipped food so that I could have my wine. Obviously this didn't work and I gained 25 pounds in 4 years..

Try to give it at least one month with no alcohol at all to gauge your true weight loss. After a month, it does get easier and the cravings go away. Good luck...

Comment #9


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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