Losing weight has always been a tough call as you have to select the food and drinks you consume and your wine choice can be especially important. It is more difficult with wines as most bottle don’t have any of the calories they contain listed on them, which makes it difficult to know how much red wine can fit into your weight-loss plans.
If you’re someone that enjoys taking wines, it is important you know that red wines (vino) have a number of health benefits. Some research studies, most notably the one conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research have concluded that red wines contain some phytochemicals including ellagic acid and resveratrol which can help prevent inflammation and the formation of certain type of cancers.
Furthermore, some researches have shown that consuming certain forms of alcohol in moderation can help to reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular accidents (stroke) or even death.
Asides the inherent health advantages with taking wines, most alcohols can as a matter of fact help you gain weight if you consume too much. You can however consume your alcohol and still lose your weight if you keep your consumption moderate.
What Quantity Can Help You Lose Weight?
Experts recommend a glass of wine which is about four ounces per day for women and a little more for men. A glass of wine will normally contain from between 80 to 120 calories, depending on the type of wine and the region from which it was grown in.
The calories are much lower than those that you can find in an ounce of chocolate which makes it good enough for your weight-loss goals. More so, taking a glass or maybe even two of your favourite wine is still acceptable and shouldn’t make you veer away from your goals of shedding some weight.
The important thing to keep in mind is to ensure that you treat your wine intake as any other indulgence by making sure you add up all the calories you have consumed daily or weekly. This can help you determine how much weight you’re losing and if you can still fit in the calories from your favourite wine.
Which Wines Have Low Calories?
If you’re looking for wines with low calories, especially white wines, you should consider choosing chardonnay, Riesling, white zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc. A cup of any of these wines contain less than 85 calories, 2.6 carbs, and one gram of sugar.
Some other white wines such as sweet dessert wines can be quite tricky to fit into your healthy-eating plans because they contain more than 14 carbs, eight grams of sugar, and as much as164 calories per glass.
If your choice of wine is red, your best bet is to go for merlot, pinto noir, and rose, which all have less than three grams of carbs, one gram of sugar, and 88 calories. Marsala and cherry o their part both have more than 14 grams of carbs, eight grams of sugar, and 164 calories.
Your Wine Is A Better Choice
Compared to other alcoholic options, such as beer, vodka, cranberry or margarita, wine is a very good choice when you’re thinking of indulging and losing weight. The most important thing is to consume in moderation and you won’t have to worry about derailing from your weight-loss plans.