But does it really work?
Can a diet that allows you to drink wine really help you lose weight long-term? Mariah Carey won’t do a diet unless she can still enjoy a glass of red in the evenings, Rosie Huntington-Whitely says she’s can’t wait to start incorporating some sugary treats back into her diet after her latest health kick. But can we ever really lose weight and still enjoy some of the things we love?
Well apparently this new ‘cheat day trick’ could really help you lose weight – and it means you don’t have to sacrifice some of your favourite foods of all the time. Pass the wine Mariah!
Sydney University have revealed in some research results that actually taking a break from your diet can help long-term weight loss. This is because when trying to lose weight – and keep it off – it’s more sustainable to make little sacrifices over a long period of time (instead of going cold turkey and just eating salad for weeks!)
So, you can afford to take a break from your diet this week to enjoy all those tasty Easter eggs and chocolate treats!
Research fellow Nick Fuller explained that if you weigh yourself daily, and then adjust your food intake accordingly, you’ll discover what your ‘baseline body weight’ is. So if you ever suddenly put on two or three pounds at once, you’ll know which foods caused it and know to cut down or cut them out for a while.
In addition, a new study by Washington State University has revealed that drinking wine can actually help you lose weight! The main rule? Don’t exceed two glasses a day, and only drink in the evenings. Well that sounds doable! Hands up if that already sounds like you?
So, how does it work? Well, according to the study wine contains resveratrol, a type of polyphenol that turns ‘white fat’ into ‘beige fat,’ making it easier to burn off.
Researcher Professor Min Du explains further:
“Polyphenols in fruit, including resveratrol, increase gene expression that enhances the oxidation of dietary fats so the body won’t be overloaded. They convert white fat into beige fat that burns lipids off as heat – helping to keep the body in balance and prevent obesity and metabolic dysfunction.”
Although Professor Min Du does recommend using fruit instead of wine for this process, everything in moderation surely won’t hurt.
It’s important to remember, this diet won’t work for everyone, but it is a proven way to aid weight loss – and we’re willing to give any a diet a try that still lets us enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day…
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