Frequently Asked Questions
Can I drink alcohol whilst on the program?
Alcoholic drinks do contribute to the overall energy intake for the day which shouldn't be overlooked when you are trying to lose weight. Alcohol is high in energy (kilojoules) and of little nutritional value. In addition, in some people alcohol can stimulate appetite and/or reduce inhibitions leading to more food being eaten than initially intended.
In Phase One it is preferable that, if possible, you avoid alcohol entirely to give you the best chance of actual weight loss. If you do choose to have a drink of alcohol during Phase One we suggest that you try to counteract the extra energy intake with some extra activity. As an indication, the energy in 1 full strength beer or an average glass of wine would have to be balanced with an extra 30 minute walk (approximately).
During Phases Two and Three and in the long term, alcohol should be considered an “extra” and the additional calories off-set by increasing your activity where you can.
If you would like some more information on safe alcohol consumption you can refer to the National Guidelines for Alcohol Consumption.