Important Question — Can Wine Really Help You Lose Weight?


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Here’s the truth.

It’s an age-old question for dieters: Will drinking wine help you lose weight—or will it only sabotage your goals? Well, that depends on your source. We break down the conflicting information that’s out there to get to the bottom line:

The Science

While one 2010  found that women who had a couple of glasses daily were less likely to be overweight, other  suggest that a compound in red grapes can help burn fat (but it may be lost in the winemaking process).

Watch: These Are The Best Wines To Drink If You’re Trying To Lose Weight

Pop Culture

TV shows like Scandal and The Good Wife gave a shiny halo to wine, with the lead (and lean) stars savouring heavy pours. We, as viewers, tend to mimic their habits, leading to more calories and lower inhibitions (read: impulse eating).

Watch: Everything You Need To Know About Alcohol And Weight Gain

Trend Data

Millennials make up one-third of the industry’s customers, and a demand for healthier vino has created a market boom for organic wine and resulted in new brands such as FitVine, which promises lower sugar and cals.

Watch: Which Splurge Is Better For You: A Glass Of Wine Or A Brownie?

The Final Word

Alcohol, no matter the form, is still empty calories. And most wines pack about 120 of ’em per five ounces. What’s more, few people pour that slim of a serving. Like any indulgence, moderation is key. And if you’re drinking vino regularly, you’ll need to make room in your diet elsewhere, such as by skipping dessert, to maintain a healthy weight.

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