A glass (or 2) of wine a day, keeps the doctor away

Monday, March 7, 2016

Last week, Shape Magazine made me the happiest girl on earth with an article entitled, "Confirmed: 2 Glasses of Wine Before Bed Helps You Lose Weight."

Now those who've followed me from the beginning, know I'm not trying to be skinny and I have healthy weight and fitness goals.  And I know, there's two sides to every story. Magazines are REALLY good at drawing our attention - and boy did this one snatch me right up.
Good news for anyone that prefers Cabernet over cardio: Drinking two glasses of wine before bed could actually be the magic pill that helps you lose weight, according to two recent studies from Washington State University and Harvard Medical School. 
Here's why: Apparently, there's a polyphenol called resveratrol in red wine that transforms "white fat" into "beige fat" (AKA a version that's much easier to burn off), say researchers at WSU. Even crazier, the Harvard study, which looked at 20,000 women over the course of 13 years, determined that those who drank two glasses of wine daily were 70 percent less likely to be overweight. Whoa.
Other studies have found that resveratol also helps to suppress your appetite. But let's be real here, after two glasses of red I'm in bed, not eating. So maybe THAT'S why it helps you lose weight - you're too sleepy to eat.

Food sources for resveratol include grapes, blueberries, raspberries and mulberries. Yum!

Articles like these are fun to read, but educate yourself, because every magazine has a hidden agenda. I don't really think two glasses of wine before bed will help me lose weight, maybe it will. I'm not counting on it. There's always new research coming out in the health industry, so make sure you're making educated decisions. Do your research!

There is no "magic pill" to weight loss. The only way to do it is eating healthy and putting in the work at the gym! You can't take a shortcut, but you can get started.


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