This pilot study looks at the relationship of moderate alcohol consumption on weight loss.
We hypothesize that individuals who consume a moderate amount of alcohol, such as a glass or
two of wine daily, will lose more during a weight-reduction program than will those who do
not, if equal calories are administered to both groups. The purpose of this pilot study is
to look at the relationship of alcohol in weight loss. The current standard in weight loss
programs is to eliminate alcohol from the diet. We propose to enroll 50 females enrolled at
the Structure House residential diet program in Durham, North Carolina. Half or the subjects
will receive 150 calories in the form of white wine, 3.5 ounce with lunch and 3.5 ounces
with dinner. The other half of the subjects wil receive their 150 calories in their regular
diet. All participants are asked not to consume any additional alcohol. Participants will be
weighed daily. The study lasts four weeks.
- Age >21, female, BMI ≥ 30, no history of substance abuse, prior alcohol use of at
least one drink/week; Exclusion:
- pregnancy, breast feeding, previous history of alcohol abuse, liver disease.
Richard S Surwit, Ph.D., ABPP,