Drink wine and weight loss

Red wines usually contain a few more calories than white wines. Save red wine image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com

All alcoholic drinks contain calories (red, white, sparkling and dessert) wines are no exception. If you're trying to lose weight, you need to take into account the wine you drink. Depending on the number of cups you drink per day and other dietary factors, you may have to further reduce consumption.

Calories and weight loss

To lose weight, according to Mayo Clinic, you must burn more calories than you consume each day. Your body burns a certain amount of calories each day through metabolic activities, and any exercise you do will burn more calories as added. You will lose approximately one pound for every 3,500 calories you burn in excess of what you took. Many people who are trying to lose weight count calories of food in this way, but they forget to take into account the calories in their drinks. Milk and juice contain extra calories that can disrupt weight loss. As people tend to consume alcoholic beverages (like wine) for leisure and not with meals, sometimes not even occur to them to think about the calories they contain. This is a mistake, because alcoholic beverages often contain a lot of calories.

Red wine vs. white wine

One gram of pure alcohol contains seven calories. A glass of red wine five ounces, usually contains some more calories than white wine (125 calories compared to 121). This is because red wines often contain more alcohol than white wines, but not much more. Calories may vary by brand and type of wine.

Sources of calories in wine

It can be difficult to determine exactly how many calories in a glass specific wine; this information is rarely found on wine labels. As the calories in wine come from alcohol and sugar, can, as a rule, assume that a sweet or particularly strong wine contains some more calories than average. Sweet dessert wines, for example, can contain up to 150 calories for a five-ounce glass.

Effect on the metabolism of alcohol

According Dietitian.com, alcohol is a well known appetite stimulant. As such, you can speed up your metabolism a bit and help your body burn calories faster than normal. This, in turn, can offset some, but not all, the extra calories contained in alcoholic beverages such as wine. While this may sound good, it turns out that if you already have a healthy appetite, appetite effect of wine and other stimulants alcoholic beverages could make you to eat more food than normal and, therefore, make gain weight. The fact that alcohol also lowers inhibitions can exacerbate the problem because while intoxicated may do not mind so much weight loss versus immediate pleasure of eating food.

Compensation calories in wine

Although drinking wine can stimulate your metabolism, you can not rely on this effect to burn all the extra calories you get from wine, especially if you drink several glasses. If you drink several glasses a day, you must remove something from your diet to compensate for the calories or increase the amount of exercise you do. For example, you could remove non-diet sodas or juices high in sugar from your diet to compensate for the calories of wine. It is advisable to remove healthy and nutritious food in favor of wine. However, if you tend to eat sweets or high-fat and high-calorie snacks, you could remove them.