The Red Wine Diet

The Red Wine Diet: How To Lose Your Weight

Many people follow a weight loss diet until they reach their target and then put the weight back on. Unless you change the way you eat and start to exercise you are not going to see a permanent loss of body fat or a long-term improvement in your health. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to give up alcohol, including wine, to get the body you want and deserve. But there are some clear strategies to use when picking your glass if you’re trying to shed excess pounds. Here’s how you can stay healthy and still enjoy wine.

The wine has always been an important part of diet, gastronomy, and conviviality and has been changing from an important source of nutrition to a cultural complement to food. A balanced diet is a key element for a healthy lifestyle. Excess both in eating and drinking will only create harm. Quality, as well as quantity, are important when talking about a balanced diet. The eating plan revolves around upping your intake of foods that are supposedly high in compounds called sirtuin activators and promises to hack your body’s chemistry and help you to lose weight. 

Red wine has shown to have much higher antioxidants than other wines. The interesting thing about wine calories is that our bodies digest alcohol differently than we digest food because it is a toxic substance. Our bodies send excess ethanol into a complex metabolic process involving our liver which eventually releases acetic acid that is secreted, so it doesn’t all get converted to energy. Most wine has anywhere from 130 – 175 calories per glass. Pay attention to the alcohol level when purchasing a bottle and attempt to keep it below 13.5%. It’s also important to drink water when you consume wine and liquor to maintain the balance of water in your cells since alcohol is a diuretic.   

Drinking wine before you eat has shown to increase appetite when consumed 30 minutes before eating. Well, save your wine for your meal! In addition, having wine on a full stomach will make you less likely to feel the effects and more likely to absorb all of the associated calories. Alcohol behaves similar to carbohydrates in our bodies, so resist drinking too late. The color of the red wine comes from antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols can help improve your health in a variety of ways, but one problem with certain polyphenols, especially the ones in red wine, is that your body doesn’t absorb them very well. It has been estimated that almost half of the polyphenols that consumed are not absorbed during the normal initial phases of digestion.

While this sounds like a bad thing, the unabsorbed polyphenols become food for the good bacteria in your digestive tract. In addition to improving the quality of the bacteria in digestive tracts, study participants also saw improvement in several major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, like triglyceride levels. This is likely due to the fact that the good bacteria in your digestive tract can help improve metabolism for a faster rate of burning that fat.

Enjoying red wine

It is important to choose carefully what you drink and what you eat, respect your body and avoid excess. Regular exercise and eating at the times that suit you best will benefit your health and well-being, and a glass of red wine will not hurt your health but will help you always be in good shape.