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This Guy Ditched Sugar, Alcohol, and Junk Food for a Month and Here’s What Happened

This Guy Ditched Sugar, Alcohol, and Junk Food for a Month and Here’s What Happened

When you decide to abstain from sugar for one month, the task at first seems like it would be easy: just clear your fridge of soda and juice, and empty your cabinets of sweet snacks and chocolates, and you’re good, right?Sacha Harland, a Dutch member of the web video team, LifeHunters, decided to undertake the task of cutting out added sugar, alcohol, artificial flavoring, and junk food from his diet for one month, and it was a lot tougher than it sounded. He then proceeded to capture his journey in a six-minute vlog.

On day one, he got a physical (he was deemed pretty fit, except for high cholesterol), and proceeded to clean house. Harland threw out things liked iced tea, teriyaki sauce, yogurt, and practically everything else in his kitchen.

“So I have no idea what you’re going to live on, Sacha, but good luck,” one teammate says.

More than half of the Dutch population struggles with being overweight or obese, and Harland’s experiment was meant to illustrate the impact added and processed sugars can have on your life. The first week, he felt fatigued and craved sweet and salty snacks.

By the end of the experiment, Harland lost some weight and his cholesterol levels dropped. He also confirmed sugar’s addictive tendencies, because the cravings were gone: Harland’s tastes completely shifted, and he now had more of a taste for cleaner, healthier foods.

Ironically, Harland is part of the same web video team that pranked organic food-loving people last year into believing cut-up McDonald’s food was the latest gourmet food trend.


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

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Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

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Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

Link copied

Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

Link copied

Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

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Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

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Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

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Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

Link copied

Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

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Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

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Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo


The no-alcohol diet: How I ditched wine and lost five stone

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Juliet Chenery lost five stone after quitting booze kickstarted her weight loss [PH]

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Quitting alcohol for just one month and taking up exercise could see the average British woman lose up to a stone.

Just by drinking the recommended daily allowance &ndash three units or a large glass of wine &ndash equates to 250 calories and without regular exercise could see women gain up to two stone in weight each year.

Juliet Chenery discovered this to her cost after her habit of drinking three bottles a week led to slow but steady weight gain. She tried countless diets but struggled to shed the pounds.

But when she gave up alcohol for a month &ndash as a record 86,000 people will do this month as part of the MacMillan Go Sober For October campaign - she found the physical and emotional benefits so great she stayed on the wagon for five months.

Juliet, 42, who runs a holiday park in Devon, went from 17st 7lb and a size 22 to 12st 7lb and a size 12 in just a year.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot really drink during the week but on a Thursday night I&rsquod usually go out and share a bottle with friends," she said.

&ldquoOn a Friday and Saturday I&rsquod drink a bottle of wine a night at least. Although I was quite sporty, playing tennis every now and then, I knew I was overweight and I&rsquod tried diets but never really had any real results.

Now slimmed to a size 12, Juliet now runs, cycles and plays tennis [PH]

&ldquoI knew I had to do something so I signed up for Prestige Bootcamp with my sister-in-law as I needed to do something dramatic to kick start me into being healthy. There was no alcohol allowed and I trained so hard drinking was the last thing I wanted to do.

"After a week I&rsquod lost over half a stone, and I was so pleased I decided to stop drinking until I got to a point I was happy with my weight.&rdquo

Juliet also followed the Lighter Life meal plan and took up tennis and cycling and soon saw a dramatic difference. &ldquoBecause I wasn&rsquot spending my weekends feeling sluggish and hungover, I had so much more energy.

&ldquoI took up running, something I&rsquod never have enjoyed before and now I find totally addictive, and I&rsquom cycling as well and I still play tennis too.

&ldquoI saw the results immediately and that spurred me on to work harder. Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again.

&ldquoThe bags under my eyes went and I felt energised, more focused with work, strong willed and proud of myself.&rdquo

Related articles

Juliet, who is single, also changed her diet. Before, she&rsquod eat toast and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, and burger and chips for dinner, and often snack on more chocolate.

Now she eats fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds for breakfast, soup for lunch and bolognaise and cous cous for dinner, and snacks on fat-free homemade muffins and fruit.

Each week Juliet runs three times, plays tennis and cycles. She&rsquos also run 10k races for charity and is embarking on a 55-mile cycle race this weekend.

Juliet said: &ldquoI drink again now as I&rsquove reached my goal but I&rsquoll run it off the next day. Having the period of abstinence made me realise what I&rsquom capable of when it comes to fitness and I don&rsquot think if I&rsquod carried on drinking that would have happened.&rdquo

Iain Reitze, 49, head trainer at Prestige Bootcamp, says 80 per cent of the 3,000 women he has worked with drink between one glass and a bottle of wine a night &ndash a figure he finds startling.

He said: &ldquoOne large glass is the recommended daily allowance &ndash between two and three units and on average has 250 calories so this is what is seen as socially acceptable.

&ldquoSome admit to having up to a bottle a night. That's nine units, so 750 calories, and after or during that will snack on bad food choices, so you could be looking at an extra 250 calories when you add that in.

Juliet's weight crept up to 17st 7lb when she decided to ditch alcohol [PH]

"So in an extreme case that could be around 1,000 extra empty calories made up of alcohol and junk food with very little nutrition.

&ldquoWhen you drink your blood sugar level drops and this continues into the next day, when you will crave junk food. Making the wrong food choices means your cells aren&rsquot fulfilled with good nutrition so there will be a desire to eat again.

&ldquoEven just drinking one glass of wine a night - consuming 100 more calories than you burn and not training - would mean you put on a stone every year, double that for a large one, and if you&rsquore having an extra 7,000 calories a week you really cannot help but put on weight.

&ldquoHeavy drinkers carry weight round their middle, the beer belly, and have skinny legs. Their hair is dull, their skin will be washed out and spotty in some cases from the toxins. They will feel lethargic and irritable and often anxious too. It&rsquos hardly a desirable look.&rdquo

Psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees that drinking is now a huge part of British culture and says there has been a shift in how drunk people are perceived.

Not drinking made me feel and look so much better, my skin was clear, my eyes brighter and I felt like I really had a sparkle again

She said: &ldquoWe all have an innate longing to be part of a group as it gives us a sense of belonging, so often people drink alcohol because their peers do it and they want to feel like they fit in.

&ldquoThe culture of drinking has changed. It used antics are seen as fun.

&ldquoAlso, culturally, we associate drinking alcohol with relaxation. A glass of wine is seen as a treat or a reward for a hard day at work. So if you don&rsquot drink alcohol you may be perceived as being uptight.

&ldquoThese pressures make it tough for Go Sober but it&rsquos important to remember the benefits.&rdquo

Iain says he hopes the Macmillan campaign makes people think about how much they consume and consider giving their liver a rest.

Women can see a huge difference not only in their bank balance &ndash research by Macmillan shows that we spent £50,000 in our lifetime on booze &ndash but on the scales too.

Iain said: &ldquoIn just a month, they will see some real changes. By not drinking, even someone having a 125ml glass of wine a night is taking away 875 calories each week, if they have a large glass it&rsquos 1,750 and a bottle would be 5,250.

&ldquoTo lose a pound in weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500, so just by cutting out that glass of wine you can lose two pounds in a month. And if you have a bottle of wine a night you are looking at six pounds, which is nearly half a stone.

&ldquoIf you exercise too, say five times a week, you can look to burn another 3,500 calories, so that&rsquos another four pounds by the end of October and you&rsquoll look fresh, young and healthy. If you don't like exercise, then just move more, walk, take stairs, maybe get off the bus two stops earlier and you will see a difference.

&ldquoBecause the cells in the body regenerate every four weeks, in that time all the alcohol and toxins will have left the body and you will feel better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.

&ldquoJust by cutting out that glass of wine and maybe going for a walk instead it&rsquos easy to be consuming 1,000 less calories a day. It might sound a lot, but I&rsquod urge women to try on a tight blouse or jeans at the start of the month and see how they feel at the end.

&ldquoGo Sober For October is fantastic as it makes people think &lsquoSurely I can give up drink for a month?&rsquo

&ldquoReally, it&rsquos crazy that it&rsquos a big deal to take four weeks out of 52, but by doing it they&rsquore saving money, raising money for a really important charity and they will also learn what it&rsquos like to live without drinking and how good it feels.&rdquo