By guest blogger Norah Simpson
You love to drink wine but you also wish to lose weight. But can you lose weight and drink wine?
Red, white, or sparkling – it doesn’t matter. You drink wine when you wish to celebrate a special occasion. You sip it when you are feeling a bit blue. You are particular about high-quality organic, vegan wines and are even planning to visit vineyards or go on winery tours one of these days. Wine simply makes you happy!
But, you are also trying to lose weight. You are becoming more conscious of your health and want to achieve a body you can be proud of. Perhaps a celebration is coming up and you wish to lose some excess pounds. Or, there is this dress or pair of pants that you think will look great on you if only you can just shed some weight.
Whatever your reason for wanting to lose weight, you are now conflicted because you have probably heard that you might want to give up on your favorite wine in order to lose weight. Well, hold on one second.
It is not as clear cut as it all seems. The good news is that you can still lose weight and drink wine. All you have to do is know more about how wine can contribute to your overall caloric intake and how you can manage your diet so you still shed those unwanted pounds.
Wine Contains Calories!
Wine does indeed contain calories. In fact, according to the NIAAA, 5 ounces of red contains 125 calories on average and the same amount of white wine has around 121 calories. If you enjoy champagne, port, or sherry as well – then, you can consume 75 to 90 calories per 2 to 4 ounces of these types of wine.
Here is a handy table to guide you. You can check the NIAAA further to know the caloric content of other alcoholic drinks, such as gin, rum, brandy, and cocktails.
So, what does all of this mean? You already know that in order to effectively lose weight, you need to cut back on your calorie intake. This is one of the reasons why a vegan diet can be successful for many. Vegans reduce a lot of the calories they consume, among other things, to achieve a leaner physique. Check out this homepage if you are interested to know more about a vegan diet. The entire portfolio of Natural Merchants’ wines are vegan friendly as well, with no animal byproducts used in production. You don’t have to stop drinking wine to lose weight. You just have to manage the amount you drink or reduce your calorie intake in other ways.
Manage How Much Wine You Drink
Excessive daily alcohol intake has been linked to increased risk of obesity. Limit your intake of wine if you wish to successfully lose weight, and find low sugar organic wine alternatives. Men are advised to drink only up to two glasses of wine per day and women should stick to one glass a day. This is according to the guidelines set by the CDC.
Wine Does Have Health Benefits
According to the review published in 2015 in the Current Obesity Reports journal that is referenced above, moderate wine drinking can contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Wine is known to be good for the heart as it contains antioxidants. The University of Barcelona confirmed that white and red wines have these precious antioxidants that help the body combat free radicals, which are essentially bad elements within the human system that contribute to illnesses. Drinking wine can also be good for the immune system and can help increase bone density, which is a great thing especially as we get older. And since it is good for the heart, the risk of stroke is reduced.
Keep Losing Weight While Enjoying Your Daily Glass of Wine
For you to shed off those unwanted pounds and still enjoy your daily glass of wine, here are some tips to follow:
- Do not drink an hour before bedtime in order to get adequate sleep.
- Exercise before you drink. You can take a walk or go to the gym before you unwind with your favorite glass of red.
- Don’t keep your wine bottle within easy reach so that you are not easily tempted to pour another glass.
- Avoid drinking before eating. Otherwise, your appetite will increase and you can easily over-eat.
Watch your overall caloric intake as well and make improvements to your diet. Getting enough sleep and exercise are always highly recommended. With proper planning, you can still lose weight and drink wine!