Craving sweets before bed, but don’t want to ruin your diet? Well, feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine instead!
Yes, really—you can drink wine and still lose weight, according to a recent study at Harvard University.
Over the course of 13 years, the researchers studied about 20,000 women and found that those who drank half a bottle of wine a day (the equivalent of two glasses) were less likely to become obese than the women who didn’t.
Need more proof? 47-year-old Linda Monk didn’t believe the results either, so she decided to try conducting her own little study.
After drinking a glass of wine every night for three weeks, Monk says she’s lost more than 6 lbs., and her sugar cravings have practically vanished.
“My long-held desire to snack on sweets, biscuits and chocolate after my dinner has disappeared and the relaxing effect of the alcohol makes me feel that, despite cutting back, I’m not being hard done by,” she said, according to the Daily Mail.
The key, experts believe, is moderation. Though some research claims that a glass of red wine can contain as many calories as a slice of cake, many say it’s a better substitute for carbs and high-sugar snacks.
In fact, the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism concluded that “when alcohol is substituted for carbohydrates, calorie for calorie, subjects tend to lose weight, indicating that they derive less energy from alcohol than from food.”
A glass or two of red wine has been shown to curb cravings, satiate appetite, and help drinkers feel more relaxed, which means less eating and an early bedtime.
However, just like anything else, drinking too much wine before bed can also have the opposite effect.
If you allow yourself to actually get drunk from your nightly wine, you could end up craving more sugar, sleeping poorly, and waking up hungover the next morning.
To really fight your cravings and sleep better, treat yourself two one—even two—glasses of red wine every night! Most health experts agree that red wine is better for weight loss, as is contains more powerful antioxidants than white wine.
Have you tried drinking wine for weight loss? If so, tell us how it worked for you in the comments!
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