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Wine And Your Waistline

Could red wine be good for weight loss?


It is said that a glass of wine a day will keep the heart doctor away, but research has found that it may actually do more than give us a healthy heart — it can also lead to a smaller waist. Honestly, who doesn’t want to hear that news? Sound too good to be true?

Wine And Your Waistline

Research Proves It

In a recent study by scientists from Purdue University in Indiana, wine was found to be a viable ally in the fight against obesity. How? Red wine, in particular, contains piceatannol, a substance whose properties help in delaying the maturation of young fat cells in the body. Nip the problem in the bud, as the expression goes!

Wine And Your WaistlineThis ability to prevent the growth of young fat cells adds to the list of reasons why drinking wine (in moderation, of course!) is good for you. Red wine holds the reputation for being heart healthy, rich in antioxidants that may help prevent cancer and potent against the development of neurodegenerative conditions. So the next time you feel guilty about always having red wine on the table, you can start consoling yourself with the fact (based on research) that you’re on the right path to longevity.

This ability to prevent the growth of young fat cells adds to the list of reasons why drinking wine (in moderation, of course!) is good for you.

More Research Also Says It’s True

This is not the only supporting science to the correlation between weight loss and red wine. A similar study conducted by doctors and scientists from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that the consumption of a glass or two of red wine per day will help you maintain a healthier body even after 10 years.

Now, this method of theirs is interesting. The researchers patiently tracked the red wine consumption and activity of around 20,000 average American women through 13 years (yes, years) and observed that those who had incorporated red wine to their daily routines were 30 per cent less prone to becoming overweight. We’re not sure what’s more impressive, actually: the fact that red wine DOES contribute to weight loss or that the scientists had endured the wait for 13 years — but that’s another story.

Wine And Your Waistline

According to this group, the thermogenetic effect that red wine produces in the body (or the fact that we feel hot when we drink wine) may be a huge element to the weight loss factor as it allows us to passively burn energy. Another theory was that women produce a smaller amount of enzymes necessary to digest alcohol compared to men, so that when we drink wine our bodies exert more effort and as a result burn more calories.

A Note, Of Course

Drinking red wine alone will not guarantee a smaller waistline or that you will live twenty more wonderful years ahead. Coupled with a balanced diet and exercise, you can achieve that svelte frame and keep it that way.

Wine And Your Waistline

And no, drinking red wine will not speed up the fat-burning process and certainly it is NOT an independent weight loss regimen. Not to mention, more than one glass will almost certainly have the opposite effect – don’t forget that there are a lot of calories in each glass! So don’t go guzzling! That said, it is nice to know that what we often see as our best friend on nights out is also our ally when it comes to the fight against fat.


Rebecca Ariane Givens is Urbanette’s Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 6 Comments

  1. Randie Cadiogan

    Oh, the wonders of wine! Wine and weight loss… I didn’t know they have a connection. Nice one, Urbanette!

  2. Interesting article! I had no idea wine could have positive effects on weight, given the amount of calories in each glass.

  3. Jen Spillane

    Who knew? I wonder if this applies to alcohol in general or just red wine. If the key is the fact that it makes you hot and that women can't as easily digest it, it seems like other alcohols could have the same effect.

  4. Amy9000

    This idea of having a serving of wine of weight loss is absolutely wonderful! Now here’s a good reason to enjoy wine daily. There are lots of wine brands available. Another opportunity is to go to a wine tasting event.

  5. Randie Cadiogan

    This is awesome! makes me think of changing my drinking habits. i even think i can influence my friends to do the same. šŸ™‚Ā 

  6. Sillyhansen

    French women drink wine almost everyday. So I guess that’s one factor why they don’t get fat.Ā 

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