Drinking wine is something that is encouraged on the continent, however in Britain drinking wine is generally seen as a naughty treat.
When we are on a diet almost every popular weight loss plan will encourage you to either stop drinking altogether or cut down dramatically, however a new report by the Daily Mail seems to show that drinking wine can actually help with weight loss.
The Daily Mail spoke to dieter Linda Monk, who continues to drink wine while trying to lose weight and for her it appears to be working as the 47 year old has lost 6lbs over the past 3 weeks and is sure that drinking wine every evening is helping her.
“The wine curbs my sugar cravings,” she told the Daily Mail. “My long-held desire to snack on sweets, biscuits and chocolate after my dinner has disappeared and the relaxing effect of the alcohol makes me feel that, despite cutting back, I’m not being hard done by.”
And it may be that Linda is not the only one to feel the benefits of drinking wine while on a diet but this does fly in the face of conventional advice about trying to lose weight.
Professor Fiona Sim, chair of the Royal Society for Public Health, has said that the calories in alcohol should be treated in the same way as those in food and a glass of wine can have as many calories as a piece of cake.
The EU has even backed plans to include the calorie content on labels of wine, beer and spirits in a bid to reduce the amount that we drink and for more people to be aware of the calories in alcohol.
While on the one hand alcohol is filled with calories, on the other it appears to have great weight loss benefits.
A study from Harvard University which was carried out over 13 years, found that those who drank half a bottle of wine a day had a 70 per cent reduced risk of obesity compared to non-drinkers. While another study presented at the European Conference on Obesity in Prague, found that a glass of red wine every night increased the levels of the ‘good’ cholesterol HDL.
The jury may still be out on if alcohol is something that should be encouraged while on a diet, however it is always good to remember that alcohol should be consumed in moderation, even if you are not looking to lose weight.