From drowning out rowdy barflies to cutting loose with friends, there are tons of reasons to sip some wine this weekend. But, why wine, you ask? Because many other alcoholic beverages are simply subpar. Party cocktails are typically calorie-laden crapshoots and beer can make even the slimmest person uncomfortably bloated. Wine, on the other hand, Is reliable. You always know what you’re going to get when you order a glass of red, white or bubbly. As you’ve likely gathered, we love our vino; but I’m also a big proponent of drinking In moderation. If you’re not careful, those Innocent glasses can add up quickly! To help you stay slim for the long haul, I’ve put together a list of wines—nearly all of which are well under 120 calories per glass. And the good news keeps on coming: In addition to being waist-friendly, they’re all easy on the wallet and widely available so you won’t have to search far and wide to find them. Looking for even more ways to get boozy without detailing your progress?
Compared to other alcoholic beverages, red wine doesn’t suffer much of an Image problem – recent headlines have credited the drink with helping the French stay svelte without sacrificing high-fat foods, while other news stories have touted Its cardiovascular benefits. Although research does support the notion that red wine’s moderate alcohol content and high concentration of flavonoids may help prevent blood clots and hardening of the arteries, Its effect on body weight Isn’t so clearly defined.
Red Wine For Weight Loss
Increasing your physical activity and making smart dietary choices are the two basic tenets of any healthy weight-loss program. To give your body what It needs while watching your daily caloric Intake, dietitians, health coaches, and nutritionists often recommend choosing nutrient-dense foods, or those that supply higher levels of nutrients per calorie, over energy-dense foods, or those that supply few nutrients and are relatively high In calories. Although red wine Is rich In beneficial phytochemicals, It only contains trace amounts of potassium, Iron, B vitamins and other essential micro-nutrients. Because these trace nutrients are delivered in a high-calorie package – the average red table wine provides 125 calories per 5-ounce serving …. red wine Isn’t an Ideal choice for someone who’s actively trying to lose weight.
Alcohol and Weight Gain
Red wine contains alcohol, a concentrated source of energy that provides 7 calories per gram. By comparison, you’ll get 4 calories from a gram of protein or a gram of carbohydrates, and about 9 calories from a gram of fat. To lose weight when alcohol Is a regular part of your
“Diet”, you have to compensate for Its calories (so If that means working out a bit longer or cutting back on calorie Intake of food). This may not always be an easy thing to do, alcohol tends to qualify as “additive” calories when people drink with food. That Is, most people don’t consume fewer food calories when alcohol Is served at mealtime. Instead, drinking wine or any other alcohol with your meal makes you more likely to passively Increase In your total caloric Intake, which, when done habitually, can set you up for weight gain.
Wine and Long-Term Weight Control
Although red wine won’t necessarily do you any favors when It comes to weight loss, It might be able to help you maintain a healthy body weight long-term. An eight-year study of more than 19,000 middle-aged women published In the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010 concluded that normal-weight women who drink a moderate amount of alcohol, such as a glass of red wine a day, are less likely to become overweight or obese as they age than women who don’t drink. Similarly, scientists who followed nearly 16,000 middle-aged women in a seven-year prospective cohort study for the Women’s Health Initiative concluded in 2012 that women who drink moderately are more likely to maintain a healthy weight as they age than nondrinkers. The study’s authors went even further, noting that wine protects against weight gain more effectively than liquor or beer.
I’m not going to do descriptions I’m just going to but nutritional facts because these are the ones that low calories. The alcohol content Is moderate to low. ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
Wines and Champagne
~Soft Rose: 65 calories, 6% ABV…. ( I’m able to find It In my local liquor store)
~Blossom Hill Sparkling Moscato: 115 calories, 6.5% ABV…. ( Honestly I’ve only found this down at the beach by me)
~Lunetta Prosecco: 110 calories, 11.5% ABV …. (I get this from whole foods because that Is the only place that around me sells It.)
You love it for Its herbaceous notes and red fruit flavor, but that’s not the only reason you should enjoy a glass of full-bodied red. A Journal of Biological Chemistry study found that a compound found In red wine can actually block the growth of fat cells. The drink also has high levels of resveratrol, a polyphenol that helps lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol.
~~Blossom Hill Cabernet Sauvignon: 114 calories, 13% ABV (found at my local liquor store)
~~Yellow Tail Shiraz: 120 calories, 13.5% ABV (found at the liquor store at the beach by me)
Are you more of a light- to -medium red wine or wine kind of person then this section Is for you.
Light and medium bodied reds contain fewer teeth-staining tannins than their full body siblings. They also tend to have a lighter feel, which makes them the perfect complement to a wide range of dishes from chicken, fatty fish (like wild salmon and tilapia ) and pork, to casseroles, stews and basically anything topped with a tomato-based sauce. Consider this your cold weather dinner party go-to.
~~~ Sutter Home Merlot: 119 calories, 13.4% ABV (found at my local liquor store)
~~~santa Rita 120 Carménère: 118 calories, 13.5% ABV (this wine Is hard for me to find. When I do find It I stock up on It)
Lets say a sweet wine Is your thing I can’t blame you everyone loves a light and refreshing sweet white. Not only do they make great hostess gifts for those who aren’t big fans of reds, friends who have a lot of white carpeting will appreciate the fact that the liquid won’t ruin their decor. Bright, citrusy Rieslings pair perfectly with dishes that incorporate lime and jalapeño flavors, while Moscato complements spicy Asian fare.
~~~~ Cavit Riesling: 120 calories, 11.6% ABV (I haven’t personally tried this one but I have seen It at most liquor stores)
~~~~The Skinny Vine Thin Zin: 89 calories, 7.3% ABV (another one that I haven’t personally tried but I have seen It at most liquor stores as well)
~~~~Yellow Tail Moscato: 114 calories, 7.5% ABV (I have found this at most places that sell wines. Moscato Is my preferred choice when It comes to wines, sparkling wines, and champagnes.)
~~~~Sutter Home Riesling: 130 calories, 12.5% ABV ( It’s not bad not my favorite.) It’s sweet In the beginning and It gets a bit sour when you swallow (get your mind out of the gutter)
And for the final part of the wines, sparkling wines, and champagnes I’m going to mention Dry wines. If you aren’t Into the sweet wines and you are more of dry kinda person here are a few just for you.
~~~~~The Skinny Vine Slim Chardonnay: 86 calories, 8.5% ABV ( this one Is around In all the liquor stores that I have visited)
~~~~~Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc: 111 calories, 13% ABV ( I have tried this one and It’s not bad like I mentioned If you like dry wines then you will like this. It’s kinda sweet at first and then the taste turns bitter.)
~~~~~Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio: 109 calories, 12% ABV ( I haven’t really seen this around)
If you don’t already drink red wine, there’s no need to start but If you do want to try red wine look at the section above for red wines– moderate physical activity and a whole-foods based
“Diet” that’s both high In fiber and low In added sugars can promote cardiovascular health and help you lose weight. And If you’re still looking for that magic weight-loss beverage, try water – a 2015 study in the journal Obesity found that drinking 16 ounces of water about half an hour before mealtime can help you consume fewer calories when you sit down to eat.
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