Update on 14-06-22
If after a long hard day of toiling in the office, sitting through traffic, working out at the gym, running after the kids, and ticking off household chores have you envisioning yourself with a tall, glass of wine as the perfect end to an endless day, then this one for you! We took a long, hard look at the best wine for weight loss.
With so much to do and so little time, sometimes you just need some me-time. And what better way to relax and calm yourself than with a chilled glass of wine without feeling it’s going to undo all your hard work at the gym.
Well, now you can keep sipping away those calories as we enlighten you on the best wine for weight loss. We will fill you in on the secrets of low-calorie white wine and reveal the mystery of consuming red wine to lose belly fat. A dream come true indeed.
How Does Red Wine Affect Weight Loss?
Red wine is the go-to relaxing alcoholic beverage that many people lean towards, so fully understanding how this impacts your weight loss journey is important.
Red wine is essentially fermented grapes and is therefore loaded with antioxidants.
Good to note: Red wine nutrition
- A 5-ounce (148-mL) serving of red wine contains:
- Calories: 125
- Protein: 0 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbs: 4 grams
- Sugar: 1 gram
- Alcohol: 16 grams
It would do you good to remember that there are various brands of red wine available, so the nutritional content would differ accordingly.
The secret to red wine is that it is rich in resveratrol and other antioxidants. Resveratrol specifically, is a polyphenol found in red wine that plays a role in transforming stubborn white fat into burnable brown fat.
A study carried out at Harvard found a connection between wine and weight loss. Researchers examined 20,000 women and found that those who drank wine in moderation daily were 70% less likely to be overweight.
Even more interesting, the weight could be shredded off if you down your wine just before bed. According to a study conducted in 2012, which observed the effects of resveratrol on bees, they found that the compound helps curb appetite. It could be that wine simply discourages late-night snacking by satisfying your taste buds all by itself.
This compound together with the antioxidants may benefit blood sugar control, heart health, and inflammation. Furthermore, consuming red wine in moderation may aid against excess weight gain.
Trials in humans have also shown us that alcohol consumption, in moderation of course, may help stabilize blood sugar, potentially making it easier to manage weight.
The one fact that does remain true in the world of weight loss is that “everything in moderation” is key.
So, a glass of red wine will provide you with the much-needed antioxidants, but too much could hinder your weight loss journey rather than help you.
What Is Low-Calorie Wine?
Low-calorie wine… those words sound so good to hear, but could this be true?
Most of the calories that are found in the wine itself come from the alcohol content. The other contributors are sugar and carbohydrates. The red one is much better than sparkling wine when it considers weight loss goals. Moderate alcohol consumption is not hampering your weight loss said a health expert.
Wine manufacturers realized that there is a whole different target market they could include – the health-conscious and calorie counters among us.
There is now a whole new range of low-calorie wines available for those who would still like to indulge without the accompanying guilt trip.
Harvard Health Publishing publishes a research page when that mentions a glass of wine for women and two glasses of wine for a healthy man in a is safe.
Low-calorie white wines are likely to have a lower alcohol content than red wine anyway. This makes it a low-calorie alcoholic drink in comparison to other kinds of wines. Dry sparkling white wines are also a great option if you are looking to lose weight.
Here’s a list of some of the best wines for weight loss to help give you an idea to make those choices easier:
- Riesling (White) A white riesling is usually a good choice for weight watchers as every five ounces contains about 120 calories and about five carbs.
- Pinot Grigio (White)
- Chardonnay (White)
- Pinot Noir (Red)
- Merlot (Red)
- Cabernet Sauvignon (Red)
Does Red Wine to Lose Belly Fat Work?
There’s much debate around this topic. As we know, wine contains calories, and overconsumption of this could be more problematic than beneficial. However, over the years, information gathered suggests that there is a link between stubborn belly fat and red wine in particular. So, what is this link?
According to a study, chemicals in the grapes slow down the growth of existing fat cells. They also radically slow down the formation of new fat cells.
This in turn helps in boosting the metabolism of the fatty acids in the liver cells. By enhancing the burning of fat in the liver, it helps in weight management, especially among overweight people.
Due to the plant-derived chemical known as resveratrol in the red wine, it is known that red wine has the following benefits to offer:
- Reducing the ‘bad’ cholesterol in your blood.
- Lowering your risk of blood clotting and inflammation, which consequently reduces risks of heart disease
- Burning belly fat and decreasing inflammation tends to be associated with obesity.
The last benefit mentioned sounds exactly what wine lovers want to hear. Take caution to how much is consumed though, because this lies in the fine balance of things as to whether you gain or lose weight.
How to Enjoy Red Wine While Losing Weight
- Stick to one serving – A serving of wine is defined as 5 ounces (150 mL) (15).
- Track your calorie intake – If you can include a serving of wine in your day and maintain a calorie deficit, then you ought to be able to continue losing weight.
- Avoid dessert wines – Dessert wines are sweeter and more likely to contain more sugar and calories per serving so this may hinder your progress in losing weight.
Best Wine for Weight Loss
The best wine for weight loss would be the healthiest and the one that gives you the most health benefits. With these kinds of glasses of wine, you will not hamper your weight loss goals.
This includes Pinot Noir (red wine) which is rated as the healthiest wine because of the high levels of resveratrol. It is made of grapes with thin skin, has low sugar, fewer calories, and low alcohol content. Sagrantino made in Italy contains the highest concentration of antioxidants and is packed with tannins.
Ultimately the best wine for weight loss is dry wine like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot, or a dry sparkling white wine. Sweet wines have significantly higher calorie and carb counts, which can leave you struggling to achieve your health goals so best to avoid those.
Red Red Wine…Stay Close to Me
What wonderful news! You can sip away at a glass of red Pinot Noir, relax, and lose weight. All things can be enjoyed and beneficial to the body in moderation so remember to stick to the drinking limits.
But more than aiding in your weight loss journey, consuming low-calorie wines has also been found to be a help in the following categories :
- Drinking red wine supports the longevity of life.
- Drinking wine helps keep our hearts healthy.
- The nutrients in wine can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Drinking wine can keep depression at bay.
- Drinking wine can give you healthier skin.
- Drinking wine can help prevent obesity.
With so many benefits, you can keep on sipping with a guilt-free conscience. Cheers!
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Reinette Robbertze shares real-life experiences with her weight loss journey. She makes 190 lbs to 120 lbs and is living life. Her diploma degree in food and nutrition will help readers much with authentic information, real experience. Stay tuned.