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Are You a Wine Drinker?

Losing weight can be such a challenge for many of us. It seems that no matter what we do, we cannot seem to shed off those extra pounds. When we deprive ourselves of the things that we really want, the situation seems to get even worse. If we end up caving, then we eat way too much, and so much more than we would have if we had simply treated ourselves to a little portion in the first place. And then afterwards, we have to deal with the guilt and shame of knowing we overindulged – or worse, overindulged again. The next time you’re dying for something sweet, eat some fruit! While you still have to watch your intake due to the natural sugars, it’s much better for you due to the nutrients packed inside each mouthwatering bite.
However, for fans of alcoholic beverages that’s where the real problem with calories begins. Prevention magazine and the Lance Armstrong sponsored both recommend 400 calories total for an entire meal for those trying to lose weight. However, popular happy hour delectable like margaritas, Long Island iced teas, and piña coladas can pack on 50 calories per ounce, which means an 8 ounce glass might be half price in monetary value but one drink has as many calories as one of those meals alone!
Instead of indulging in one of those fruity exotics topped with an umbrella, treat yourself to a glass of red wine, or a white wine spritzer. It has just less than half the calories of a mixed drink and can actually help keep the extra pounds at bay. Additionally, red wine pairs well with a broad range of healthy foods. The flavor of low-fat cheese and whole-wheat crackers help balance the taste of tannin from grapes used to create the wine. Here are some other benefits of drinking wine.
  • Your risk of a heart attack is seriously decreased just by drinking red wine, especially in those who have high blood pressure.
  • The drink reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30 percent!
  • Not only does drinking red wine reduce your risk of a heart attack, but it also severely reduces your risk of developing heart disease.
  • Keep drinking your red wine, and simultaneously lower your risk of having a stroke!
  • The drink lowers your risk of developing colon cancer by 45 percent.
Overindulging rarely has any kind of benefits, though and drinking too much alcohol not only impairs our judgment in regards to things like driving, operating heavy machinery, and decision making but also in how much we snack. Keep the enjoyment to about a glass per day and reap the health benefits of red wine. And remember, real weight loss can only happen with a combination of diet and exercised approved by your family doctor. While it would be nice, it isn’t possible to lose weight on wine only.
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