Drink wine, keep the kilos off
LADIES of Tweed who enjoy a glass of wine can strap on their dancing shoes now that a recent study has said drinking wine in moderation does not lead to weight gain.
Researchers found that normal-weight women who drank a little were at less risk of becoming overweight than those who consumed no alcohol.
While at first glance the results of the study may be cause for celebration, Tweed ladies should note that although wine may not be a leading cause of obesity, alcohol will not be the next weight-loss fad to sweep the nation.
The report was published in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine and assessed 19,220 healthy American women for a period of 13 years.
On average, the women taking part in the study all tended to gain weight as time went on, but those who drank wine gained the least amount.
However, wine is not a weight-loss tool or a substitute for healthy eating, cautions Coolangatta dietician and author of Portion Perfect, Amanda Clark.
“What is not clear about this study is that the women did gain weight and I would have to say wine is not a good weight-loss strategy,” Ms Clark said.
While not a magical weight-loss solution, Ms Clark said that drinking wine may lead to weight loss if it was accompanied by a physical activity such as dancing.
“Women tend to expend more energy after they consume alcohol. Wine is a social drink and alcohol intake is associated with going out.”
Along with hitting the dance floor to lose weight, Ms Clark also reminded Tweed women to be mindful of their wine portions.
“Big glasses are trendy, and this leads to women thinking they have had 2-3 glasses of wine when really they have had 6-7 because they are using such a big glass,” Ms Clark said.
“My advice to Tweed ladies is to be aware of the size of your glass, and it is okay to enjoy a glass of wine sometimes and not feel guilty.”