EP 134: Reader Question – I quit drinking. When will I lose my spare tire?

I thought when I quit drinking, I’d lose a bunch of weight. It’s been a while now, so why am I not losing like I wanted to and thought I would? Annie shares her personal experience of the ups and downs of losing and maintaining weight after quitting drinking. Listen and share your own advice and experience on this topic! It’s a hot one as we head into the New Year!

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Weight Gain After Quitting Drinking

I’ve experienced some pretty rapid weight loss, I’d say in the first 45 to 60 days. I lost about 12 pounds. In my experience, I like an indulgence and I didn’t want something that was addictive. If we’re going out to dinner with a bunch of friends or something and I wasn’t going to be drinking, I wanted something that really tasted good. It took me a while. Now, I just drink a soda with cranberry, or even just water, or iced tea. At first, I was drinking tonic and lime and that has still a lot of calories, so I didn’t notice things quite as fast. I actually kind of put on a little weight after the first two months.

Then the other thing I would do is I would also indulge myself with desserts. I’d have a dessert kind of after dinner and what not and I still do that. Let’s be honest, I’m just going to do that because I feel like, good for me. I’ve done some really big positive changes in my life and if I want to indulge with sugar on occasion, then definitely I think that’s something that I’m going to do.

Weight Loss After Quitting Drinking

I probably lost about 12 to 15 pounds and I probably gained about 10 of them back. It was kind of down and then over the next year kind of evened out and it kind of came back. There are so many empty calories in alcohol that most people who do stop drinking do see in the first few months some weight loss. I also think one of the things that I was doing when I was drinking heavily was I was drinking so much that I was full and I wasn’t eating. I found out about a year after I’d stopped drinking that there’s actually a word for that. It’s called alcoholorexia. It’s basically women who are consuming so many calories in alcohol that their bodies think they’re full and so they’re not getting enough calories in real food. I think it’s just different for everybody.

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Your Experiences

That’s how it often is. But, I realize that my experience isn’t necessarily the norm, so what I wanted to do with this question is just open it up to anybody who’s willing to comment, or wanting to comment. What type of weight loss did you experience? Did you experience any? Did it come back? How long did it take? And do you have any tips, especially for losing the spare tire, or for expectations around doing this great thing, stopping drinking, and should we be expecting weight loss? I think to some degree, we should, be I also think being realistic and definitely realizing that there’s probably a lot of things that go into it.

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