How Much Weight Will I Lose if I Stop Drinking Alcohol?

If you drink 250-calorie mixed drinks per day. That means you’re taking in additional 3,500 calories every week.

With that in mind:

How Soon Will I Lose Weight After Quitting Alcohol?

You begin to lose some “weight” immediately (takes a couple of days) due to less bloating and less water retention going on in your body.

If you totally quit taking it, your skin will look healthier within a couple of weeks, and those changes are happening on the inside too. Less fat and less inflammation throughout your body.

Beyond that, it will depend on your calorie intake and your daily activities.

If you are now consuming 500 fewer calories per day than you did to be at a stable weight, you’re likely to lose 1–2 lbs a week, which will become very noticeable after a month, and very very noticeable after a few months.

In other words, IF you were consuming 500 fewer calories than normal (because of not consuming alcohol) you would lose approximately that much weight.

How Much Weight Will I Lose If I Stop Drinking Alcohol For A Month?

Losing weight as a result of quitting alcohol completely is dependent on your activity level and how much food you consume.

A lot of people typically lose weight when they cut out all alcohol consumption because alcohol contains more calories than most people realize, especially if they are heavy drinkers and also have a poor diet consisting of food rich in calories.

Cutting alcohol intake won’t do anything for weight loss if you’re still eating too much food, especially junk, but it could be a good start.

People don’t make good decisions when they’ve got alcohol intoxicating them, including diet choices.

By not eating as much food as you used to, you begin to drop 1-2 pounds per week at a minimum depending on your body, as this is a weight loss rate you can maintain long term.

Will I Lose Weight If I Stop Drinking Alcohol Every Night?

Yes, but you’d need to put in the work. If you consume less food as you used to, and work out more, you could lose up to 30kg within 3 months.

Quitting the booze is a bright start but not the magic bullet.

Go to the gym and do some workouts. Let your coach put you on a good diet.

In time, you’d begin waking up at the normal time, enjoying a healthy breakfast, work, and breaks, healthy lunch and snacks, sleep hygiene, and exercise.

Rapid Weight Loss After Quitting Alcohol

If you are experiencing rapid weight loss after quitting alcohol then it is because alcohol is very high in calories.

Now, you’re replacing the calories coming from alcohol with other food.

So, in reality, you are eating very little less than you did before and burning more calories than you did before because you aren’t getting as many calories as you were getting from each bottle of alcohol.

This is a good thing since you lose fat and grow muscle.

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How Much Weight Will I Lose if I Stop Drinking Alcohol?

That will depend on the frequency of your drinking x amount and content.

For instance – a shot of whiskey contains around 109 calories

Beer can have up to 185 calories per bottle

Calories matter and is the only answer to weight loss.

It takes around 3500 calories to gain a pound. If you drank 3 beers every night for 7 nights, you would have drunk 3,780 in liquid calories for the week which equals just over 1lb. If you changed nothing else in your eating habits and cut out alcohol. It’s more than likely you’d lose weight.

Will I Lose Weight If I Stop Drinking A Bottle Of Wine A Night?

Yes, you would lose weight.

For starters, 1 bottle of wine on a daily basis (at night) is bad news. A few glasses are fine.

Now, if you ONLY take in reasonable amounts of wine – you’d enjoy its benefits. For example, red wine has a nice positive effect on excessive fats within the bloodstream and circulation. However, this is negated by excess – regular excess is far worse than spasmodic binges.

Alcoholics have the smoothest clearest arteries but liver diseases kill them early.

Besides, because alcohol turns to sugar quickly, and you’re ingesting it at night when the body is inactive – it is very likely that this is settling in your body as fat.

But, that’s not all. You’re also having a regular impact on your liver and this constant stress poses a risk of both alcohol dependency and liver disease.

It may be better to recognize and admit you have an alcohol dependency. Now, you need to stop having wine so your liver can recover quickly and you’d save money in the process so you can afford better nutrition.

I suggest reducing your consumption to a glass per night and do not replace with sugary drinks.

You should begin to lose the extra body fat but the health of your liver is far more important right now.

Will I Lose Weight If I Stop Drinking 2 Glasses Of Wine A Night?

Skipping your nightly 2 glasses of wine would spare you 7750 calories in 31 days, which could help you lose a little over 2 pounds.

I drink a Glass Of Wine Every Day. Could That Be Making Me Put On Weight?

Frequent drinking of wine as part of a daily diet introduces more calories into your body than you can burn in a day. That extra caloric energy gets stored in your body as fat.

A glass of wine consists of 100-150 calories. Failure to burn these calories turns to fat in your body.

No Alcohol For A Month Weight Loss Journey

I’ve lost about 15 lbs so far after 100 days. I’ve also added muscle, and I feel way more fit. I imagine my liver is way happier too.

I believe avoiding booze helped me slim down for the following reasons:

  1. Alcohol shoots insulin levels high. These then get stored away more in fat cells. Higher carb options like sweeter wines and beer are masters at this.
  2. Sugar and alcohol are inflammatory and can cause a spike in your body’s retention of fluids like water.

How Much Weight Will I Lose if I Stop Drinking Alcohol

No Alcohol For 2 Weeks Weight Loss Journey/2 weeks without alcohol weight loss

I’ve lost about 14 lbs so far after 14 days of being sober.

why am I not losing weight after quitting drinking?

You may not be losing weight after quitting drinking because your body is using the nutrients to heal and repair itself

Just How Many Calories Are in Alcoholic Drinks?

According to the USDA FoodData Central Database:

  • A can of beer has an average of 153 calories.
  • A classic margarita (without sugary mixers) can include 274 calories (or more) per drink
  • A 1.5 oz. serving of Whiskey contains 103 calories
  • A 5 oz. serving of white wine contains 121 calories.
  • A 1.5 oz. shot of vodka has 97 calories.

Each individual metabolism and activity levels are different, and how much weight you lose or gain may differ from another drinker.

In any case, with no alcohol, your weight loss over one month may surprise you.

Author: Dr. Janet Hicks

Dr. Janet Hicks is an addiction medicine physician trained and certified to provide comprehensive care for addiction and substance-related disorders, including the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of such health conditions. With more than 25 years of experience, Doctor Janet Hicks helps you by providing all information required to educate yourself about substance detox and recovery.

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