When I heard about a possible connection between wine and weight loss, I nearly lost my mind. I wanted to do cart wheels through a field of flowers, and scream the news from the mountain tops. You see, I’ve known that wine has been linked to health benefits like boosting the immune system, and diabetes prevention; however, I had not paid attention to the studies showing wine as something that could help with weight loss. I’m certainly glad I have now.
Truth of the matter is, there have been indications of this link in previous studies. Harvard University came out with the results of an official long term study years ago linking moderate alcohol consumption to a lower risk of obesity. Researchers tracked the health and eating habits of over 19,000 middle aged women, and found that those that drank a moderate amount of alcohol (2-3 drinks a day) showed less weight gain than those that did not drink. Even before that, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that, “when alcohol is substituted for carbohydrates, calorie for calorie, subjects tend to lose weight, indicating that they derive less energy from alcohol than from food”
More recently, however, the Daily Mail interviewed 3 women about their wine drinking habits and weight loss. One woman, Linda Monk, explained that she believes she lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks by replacing her nightly snacks with 1 to 2 glasses of red wine. She accounts the loss to the wine curbing her sugar cravings. The article goes on further to explain the results of a study, in which rats were given only wine to drink and, although these rats were given the same food as the rats drinking only water, the wino rats gained less weight. The theory being that, “wine has the miraculous property of reducing the size of fat cells.”
If only there was a direct correlation between the amount of wine consumed and the amount of weight lost. If that were the case, I would be a super model making millions of dollars as the official spokesperson for the wine industry. Unfortunately, all I have read explains that sticking to moderation while drinking is essential. Nevertheless, I am thankful to all the scientists and diet guinea pigs for giving me this gem of information, and allowing me to share it with you. I have to say I didn’t think it was possible, but my love for wine just grows stronger by the day.