Not that you ever need an excuse to drink more wine, but did you know that red wine can actually help you lose weight? Drinking a glass of red wine at night or with meals has been credited as the French woman’s secret to losing weight for years now, but there is actually some evidence to back up that claim. If you love red wine, here’s a list of all the reasons to drink red wine for weight loss.
1. It helps you feel less stressed
It’s no secret that one of the reasons to drink red wine in the evening is a good way of helping you unwind. A little bit of alcohol can go a long way in making you feel relaxed and less stressed, and this in turn could help you lose weight. If you stress less, then you release less of the hormone known as “cortisol”, which is responsible for all your late-night cravings and stress eating. With less snacking, you’re on your way to a healthier weight.
2. It aids good bacteria for digestion
The red colour in wine comes from a substance known as polyphenol. This substance is not easily digested, and instead serves as food for the good bacteria in your gut. This good bacteria is important as helps to regulate your digestive and metabolic systems, and can contribute to overall weight loss.
3. It helps you maintain a healthy weight
On the other hand, if you’re already at a healthy weight that you’re happy with, drinking a moderate amount of red wine (such as one glass) daily could help you maintain your weight. This could be do to the benefits of red wine for digestion, stress and blood sugar. Scientists have also confirmed that red wine is the best form of alcohol for maintaining a healthy weight.
4. It improves cholesterol levels
There are two types on cholesterol: LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). Research has shown that drinking a glass of red wine four to six nights a week can actually increase your HDL levels, which will benefit your body in the long term. Your body needs good cholesterol to maintain a healthy weight and fight bad cholesterol, so in the long term this could help you reach your weight loss goals.
5. It curbs snacking
If you’re ever in the kitchen scrambling for a late night snack, a glass of red wine might do much better for you. A glass of red wine can help curb snacking before bed time and will have more health benefits than salty, oily, or sugary foods. This will, in turn, contribute to weight loss.
6. It makes you feel full faster
This isn’t a quality that is specific to red wine, but it is important to consider nonetheless. Like with all beverages, drinking along with a meal can make you feel fuller faster. This means that you stop eating earlier and don’t stuff yourself. Red wine has the same effect of making you feel full, but is a far better choice than sugary drinks and sodas.
7. It contains a substance called resveratrol
Red wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol which does wonders for weight loss. Resveratrol works by converting “white fat” to “beige fat”. Beige fat is a type of fat that is easier to burn off. Not only that, but beige fat can actually actively help burn calories. So, a glass or two of red wine daily could definitely help you lose some weight.
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