~~I am on day 30 of no Beer. I have lost 3.5 inches on my waste and 13 pounds while gaining .5 inches on my quads and keeping my biceps the same size. So I know that I have basically lost fat. I "replaced" my beer with A &W Diet Root Beer - for now. It taste great and is "less filling" I should say......I drank Sierra Nevada Torpedo Indian Pale Ale. It has 260 calories for each bottle. I drank 30 bottles a week. So I basically cut 7800 calories a week from my diet. I have not changed my otherwise healthy diet. I am a beginner cyclist who is training for races in the summer and fall. I also do long walks in the woods (hills) with my two Corgies and lift weights at home. Also, since I am a teacher I have 10 weeks "off" in the summer so I often do longer rides and double sessions of weights and aerobics. And I have extra recovery time. I biked 32 miles this week and I am feeling a HUGE difference. 1. I no longer and burning off alcohol the first few miles. 2. I can go faster and hills are a lot easier since I weight less. 3. Going to the bathroom is AMAZING. I pee better. I am guessing this is because my body doesn't have to work at dealing with the beer? 4. I sleep better 5. I am richer since I save $45 a week which means I spent $2340 a year on BEER !!!!!!!!!!!! I am NOT giving up beer 100%. I will drink it when I go out to eat but I have not gone out to eat for 30 days. Also, if I am at a party and there is IPA I would drink some.