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Old 08-18-2017, 07:28 AM
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Hey everyone. So today I am 17dys sober. I know in my own heart I will never drink alcohol again. I spent five years drinking extremely heavy vodka mainly. And a lot of it. I have been having severe pain in my liver so I decided to stop. I am to nervous to get it checked yet but I am hoping that with no alcohol now and the pain more or less gone what what I was experiencing was fatty liver. I am eating healthy and only drinking water now. My question is how long does it take to start losing weight. I have gained 40pounds. I have lost four pound in 17 days with no exercise. Right now I am just working on my diet. Thanks guys.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:40 AM
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Are you logging your food somewhere? That is the most important thing for me when I want to lose weight.

Have you looked at Myfitnesspal? It's a great free resource with forums and a food logging database online.

As far as how long it takes, there's no way to predict. I hope your pain is nothing serious.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:39 AM
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Stopping drinking isn't in itself necessarily going to lose us weight. To be honest you are probably much more hydrated than you were when drinking, so I bet a lot of your gain was that. I know we can count up the calories we'd have drunk and say that logically we're having that many less calories, but our bodies probably had to work harder just to survive back then.

You say there is no exercise. Is there a way you could add some in? It's good for our mood to do some exercise as much as our weight. It doesn't necessarily need to be hardcore - maybe some cycling, or dancing like a mad thing to your favourite music as you do the housework, or hula hooping, or brisk walk round the block.

To be honest your body is likely still getting over the shock in your habits. Give it time. One thing at a time.

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Old 08-18-2017, 08:58 AM
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Thanks for your replies guys. I guess I am just adjusting to life without alcohol and expecting it all to happen straight away. The pain is fine now I don't feel it most times and when I do it is extremely mild. I feel so much better and healthier in myself. The first week sleep was a nightmare but now I am sleeping so well. I got a new job also that is keeping me busy so I do be exhausted at the end of the day and just fall into a deep sleep. I never thought life without alcohol could be this good. I don't miss the hangovers at all. After a night of severe pain in my liver I told myself never again and I know I will stick to it because I was so scared I was going to die or something. I just want to be healthy again. Is there a timescale on how long it takes for your body to start functioning properly again? I am a 29 yeAr old female so I am hoping I have many years of sobriety left ahead of me.
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If I'm reading your post correctly, you gained 40 pounds while drinking vodka, and lost 4 pounds in the 17 days since stopping, correct? So, you've already started losing weight.

There are 1640 calories in a 750ml bottle of vodka. That is roughly 1/2 pound worth of calories... if you eliminate a bottle of vodka from your diet and replace it with no further food or beverage intake, then you could conceivably lose a pound every 2-3 days.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:50 AM
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lola - it took months for me to feel somewhat on an even keel again. I'd say give it three to six months for the basic healing.

In a year my anxiety lessened by quite a bit, but it took me a good two years to feel like I did before using.

I didn't gain a lot of weight from drinking because I've been watching my food intake and I've been exercising for ten years since I lost a lot of weight. But I did gain a few pounds after quitting drinking due to my increasing my carb intake; and then lost it again. (Like 10 pounds.)



None of this is necessary and almost falls into medical advice, so...

Gluten and dairy are fine, they are good sources of protein, calcium, and potassium as well as B vitamins. Exercise is good, I do agree with that - but advice on supplements I'll leave to you.
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I am a nutritionist and nurse. And suffering as well
But you are promoting Ways Of Eating that are not necessary for most people.

Just to be clear, I am also a nutritionist. It's a weekend online course. I am not an expert for you - just saying your Way of Eating is not necessary - and certainly not necessary for weight loss. Do you agree?

I'm not a nurse, but I know some pretty unhealthy over-weight nurses who are alcoholics and smoke. That appeal to authority/credentials doesn't mean much, really.

There is a forum rule about not offering medical advice. I don't care what you do for yourself, but gluten-free, dairy-free, take-all-the-supplements is not the holy grail.
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Old 08-18-2017, 11:04 AM
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Princess, I was just poking around the internet and my state's requirements: looks like there's a lot more education required these days than when I was a, "nutritionist." That's a good thing, there was a lot of bad info in the past. I'm not licensed.

Still, I'm standing by my previous statements. Weight loss is all about calories. That's a pretty simple math equation. I didn't have to give up foods that helped me meet my protein, fat, and carbohydrate requirements. Of course if someone has trouble processing gluten or dairy, that's a medical reason.
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The gluten-free mania out there right now is a bunch of bunk. Only about 1% of the population should avoid gluten, even though half the population believe themselves to be sensitive to it. That's marketing for ya.

People are not machines, so there is no "reset" button. I don't think cutting out entire food groups will "reset" the human system like pushing the reset button on your playstation 3.

Despite the billion dollar diet scheme/diet book/suppliment industry, or perhaps in spite of them, most Americans know what they should be eating and avoiding and that everything in moderation is a more sound and reasonable approach to an eating lifestyle than a drastic dietary plan that focuses on only a few food groups or aspects of the diet while eliminating/ignoring other components.

In my experience, "cleansing", "detoxing", or whatever one wants to call it involves a lot of diarrhea and in the end studies show not much has been accomplished. If it makes you feel good, go for it.

Most diets will work if you stick to them, but they are mostly temporary solutions. And for someone who has just stopped drinking, or smoking, or whatever vice they have given up, a strict diet might be biting off more than they can chew.

And then there's the google factor. Basically, any stance one wishes to take on any subject under the sun (ie the world is flat, or Santa Claus is real, or Hiter was a nice man) you can find pages and pages to support the theory. You have to decipher which study or publication is reputable and which are not, and it's hard to do.
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First off, congrats on 17 days! I'm 7/12 months in and have lost over 20 pounds. I have been eating healthier in general, but a LOT of it was simply not drinking. Give it time and it will happen!!!! You may develop a sweet tooth ( I know I did!) and honestly, chocolate here and there helped pass cravings for me, so don't deprive yourself of that if it'll help. Having fruit in the house also helped me a lot
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Thank you everyone who has replied your advice is brilliant. It's so good to have these forums to come on to. I'm not craving weirdly I'm ok in that sense I think my new job has me so run off my feet I'm not given the chance to which I suppose is a godsend. Right now I can't think of one positive reason to drink. It took too much from me to ever go there again. The weight is just an issue for me. I am going to join my local gym and see how it goes. The quicker I get back to 'normal' what ever that is the better. But one thing is for sure. I will never go back there again. I am going to treat my body with respect now and be the mammy I should have always been to my children.
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Your natural weight will level when you are content in your sobriety, along with a balanced diet and exercise at least 3x/wk. Expect your natural weight to occur around the 6 month mark of sobriety. If at that point you want to lose more, or tone up etc... then you will need to create a plan to do so, but dont bother with that just yet. Concentrate on yoyr health and well being in the early days... keep things as easy and stress free as possible.

I lost about 30lbs (from 205 to 175, 6' male) in the first year, and have maintained the same weight now for about a year. That weight loss was basically due to absence of alcohol, b/c my diet has remained the same.

All else being equal you will lose weight for sure, it's inevitable.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:05 AM
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Thank you for your reply. I have completely changed my diet before I lived on junk food when I was drunk I would eat complete crap and when hungover. Now I wouldn't put that near my mouth I am eating healthy and making my own homemade soup, smoothies etc . My body must be in complete shock. In 2012 I weighed 8' 3 pounds. Now I am 11'3 pounds gone down from 11' 11pounds a couple of months ago. Towards the end of my drinking I was mixing diet coke with the vodka and lost some weight but now more then ever I am determined to get back to at least 8' 11pounds. Which is ideal for my height I am quite short.
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