For some time now it has been known that wine could have a number of health benefits but scholars at Harvard have linked an evening glass of wine could help you to lose weight.
Many people are looking for a way to shed a few pounds and it is good to know that the nightly tipple could help! However, for a long time dieters have been told to avoid wine as much as possible so its public image is of a fattening product.
Scientists have discovered that there is a compound called resveratrol in wine. It has the ability to interfere with fat cell conversion. The studies suggest that obesity could be reduced by 70% if you indulge in just two glasses each day.
The results of the study have been backed up by scientists at the University of Ulm in Germany. The compound limits the body’s ability to store fat too.
Remember too that there is no glucose produced by alcohol so it will not have a direct effect on your weight. As a drink, it is very low on the Glycemic Index, which explains why a couple of glasses of wine a night will not impact on your weight, as opposed to that late night takeaway!
The original form of resveratrol is phytoalexin. This is a compound with antimicrobial properties which is naturally occurring in plants. They use this substance to prevent infections and environmental stress from affecting them.
However, it works differently for humans and in addition to helping to prevent obesity, it can help to reduce high cholesterol levels, prevent blood clots and ease the symptoms of diabetes.
The health benefits of drinking wine
There are a number of different benefits that come with drinking wine and some of them have been known for a long while. We have already mentioned that it can help with type 2 diabetes. It can help to regulate blood sugar levels and help to improve insulin resistance.
For the best results opt for red wine, but it is different for each person as the metabolic rate differs. It is important to get the advice of your doctor before you suddenly start adding alcohol to your daily diet as it may have a negative impact on any medication you are using.
If you are looking for a great anti-aging solution then resveratrol can help with that too. It has the ability to promote the production of SIRT1. This is a serum that can slow down the aging process by promoting the production of energy in the cells. It is good to know that a glass or two can help to keep the wrinkles at bay!
Give a boost to your heart health by drinking a glass or two of red wine. The same compound of resveratrol was studied by scientists at the University of Alberta and they found that your heart, bones and brain benefit from red wine in the same way that they would if you were to spend a little time at the gym.
And wouldn’t it be great to find out that wine can help to prevent cancer? Well, it can. Red wine can help to fight the work of an enzyme called aromatase, which can lead to cancer. By stopping this enzyme from working you are effectively reducing the possibility that you may develop cancer.
Wine at bed time
The studies are very clear that the best time of the day to drink wine is at night as this is when you harness more of the benefits, particularly where obesity is concerned.
Harvard had already carried out a study that showed that if you consume wine later in the day it can help to suppress the appetite later on in the evening so you are not as likely to crave a few snacks.
When you eat later on in the evening you are causing a problem for your metabolism. Your organs should be resting in the evening but when you eat you are making them work. This will have an impact on your ability to sleep because your body is too busy processing the food to rest. Then there is the issue of sleep deprivation, which is connected to over-eating so you are creating a cycle. Curb your appetite in the evening with a glass of wine and then you are not in danger of snacking.
So what about those of us who prefer not to have an alcoholic drink?
Resveratrol can be found in other places in your diet. Add grapes, apples, and berries as snacks. They all contain resveratrol and while they may not be as much fun, they can have the same effect as that glass of wine and are without some of the negative aspects of it.
You need to keep in mind that wine is not calorie-free, no matter how much we want it to be. Adding two glasses of wine to your daily calorie intake is going to mean you have to account for an extra 250 calories on average. If you are controlling your weight through calorie counting then this could be a problem.
The studies are also not taking into consideration that the wine could disrupt your sleep pattern either. You might find it easier to fall asleep but the deeper levels of sleep that give your body real rest could be out of reach.
When you miss out on the right sleep you are more likely to gain weight in the long term as it has a negative impact on the other systems of the body such as the digestive system and the metabolism.
While it sounds great that drinking wine could help you to keep off the pounds, it is important to remember that you need to do more if you want steady and sustained weight loss. Although the occasional glass of wine will not hurt!