As I pondered the thought and started my research...could the last 7 pounds not come off because of wine? Could I have hit a plateau because of wine? I was now anxious to research the topic.
I drink white but have always heard red is better for your heart. Personally, I would not drink any wine if red was the only option. But, I needed to know which one is better than the other. The answer is "NO", okay that is a relief. Here is why: On average the difference between a typical 5-ounce serving of white wine and red is between 5-10 calories. So while drinking white wine will be marginally better the difference is minuscule. A glass of the popular white wine, Chardonnay, has about 120 calories while the same size glass of Cabernet Sauvignon will typically be 127 calories.
Okay in my research I stumbled upon an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine. I have to quote it directly because I couldn't stop reading or really even digest what I was reading. I had never this before. So here goes.
" Happy Hour Does Your Body Good...
The evidence is impressive. Researchers kept tabs on nearly 20,000 normal-weight women for 13 years. Over time, the women who drank a glass or two of red wine a day were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than the nondrinkers (they tracked women who drank liquor and beer too, but the link was strongest for red wine). That’s not surprising, since vino has other benefits. "It’s rich in antioxidants that reduce cholesterol and blood pressure,” says Jana Klauer, a New York City physician specializing in nutrition and metabolism.
One reason wine may contribute to a healthy weight is that digesting booze triggers your body to torch calories. “Women make smaller amounts of the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol than men do, so to digest a drink, they have to keep producing it, which requires the body to burn energy,” says Dr. Klauer. That means you’re likely to see more of a benefit than your guy since his body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest a glass of the grape.
Alcohol also may burn calories due to a process called thermogenesis, says Lu Wang, MD, PhD, the lead study author and member of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alcohol raises your body temperature (one reason some people get red cheeks when drinking), causing the body to burn calories to create heat.
...But That’s Not All
The study also showed that women who drank moderately ate less. While researchers can’t say why, it’s possible that they were more likely to slow down and savor their food and drink.
If you combine all these factors, drinking wine could lead to taking in fewer calories while your body is burning energy, meaning you’re less likely to gain weight, says Dr. Wang. Awesome, but you don’t want to replace food with wine—you’ll miss out on key nutrients and wind up schnockered. And keep in mind that wine has calories: about 125 for 5 ounces. “That’s why drinking isn’t a weight-loss strategy on its own,” says Dr. Klauer. Overdoing it is linked to health risks you don’t want to take, like breast cancer. “But having a glass,” says Dr. Klauer, “along with a healthy diet and exercise, seems to be a marker for a healthier lifestyle.” Hey, we’ll salud to that."
Do you see why I couldn't stop reading? All I can say is drink your wine. But remember to count your calories/points. Everything in moderation. Also, don't skip meals!!