Some of us think that we can drink bubbles without limit because they do not make us fat. Others proclaim that wine is composed mostly of water, then it is pure hydration. What is the truth about wines and calories? Does wine make us gain weight or not?
Only water and air do not get us fat, says the mantra of all people on a diet. Yes, I know about this. Unfortunately, I have a genetic predisposition. Just by looking a slice of bread or pasta I gain a few pounds. I’ve had to watch what I eat my whole life.. If not, I pay with one more size of clothes.
Calories in wine
Yes, wine is 80% water, but there is still 20% that are basically alcohol and sugar, that is CALORIES. Of these two, alcohol adds more calories, approximately 7 per gram, while residual sugar adds 4 calories per gram. Therefore, it is important to pay attention not only to the sweetness of the wine, but also to the alcohol content.
Now you understand why I love Rosé so much. Easy. Because it has less alcohol than reds. Dry and sparkling white wines have between 70-85 calories per cup (100 ml / 3.4 oz). Reds, depending on the strain, style and region where they come from, have between 80-90 calories. Yes, the climate, warm, in the case of Chile, is a determining factor. The higher the temperatures, the higher the concentrations of sugar in the grape. Result: more complex, alcoholic and caloric wines.
Alcohol and metabolism
As much as I want to believe in the French paradox, and I would love to say “it does not matter how much you drink, you will still maintain the waist of the bee”, unfortunately we have to accept the basic facts of metabolic chemistry and our nature. That is to say, when we consume alcohol, the body will metabolize it before anything else. Alcohol presses the “pause” button on the metabolism, eliminates the other calories on the list and says “Me first!”. Alcohol especially reduces the burning of belly fat. Also, do not be surprised, it affects more women, who experience an increase in their waist circumference as they get older. This generally coincides with the increase in overall weight and a reduction in lean muscle mass.
According to some studies, the bodies of people who drink more than one or two drinks daily learn to spend calories from alcohol and turn them into heat. All this heat causes the food to become a large quantity of chemical substances that seriously affect the vital organs, which can cause liver problems, cancer, etc. The same studies also showed that, if you are moderate drinkers and practice a low-fat diet, the body is able to metabolize the 7 calories of alcohol per gram.
However, it should also be emphasized that drinking beer or strong alcohol is very different than drinking wine. A daily glass of red wine can counteract the production of abdominal fat. The resveratrol contained in red grape skins can interfere with the synthesis of fat, while other polyphenols can inhibit aromatase, an enzyme produced by abdominal fat that converts androgens into estrogens.
White wine, on the other hand, contains less polyphenols. All the sugar, unless our body uses it as instant energy, will be stored in the form of fat. Without a doubt, not everything about wine is negative. Remember that wine is a natural ferment, with several healthy properties.
What to do if you are on a diet?
Remember that wine is a food that contains carbohydrates, therefore take care of the portions. 250 ml of wine contains as many calories as an ice cream. When we share a bottle with our partner or friends, we assume that we are drinking fewer calories, but be careful. A bottle of a wine of 13% alcohol between two, can mean a consumption of 340 calories per person, which is equivalent to a croissant with nutella.
So, should we sacrifice our favorite drink to take care of the line? No, never. At least I’m not going to do it.
My tricks for carbohydrates and calories in wine
- The keyword is MODERATION. About 2 glasses of wine every other day for women, and 3for men.
- For each glass of wine of 100 ml I drink a glass of water to hydrate myself better.
- If at night I have an event or meal, at lunch I omit my glass of wine.
- I like wine very much with food. Then, when I cook or wait for food in a restaurant, I choose a glass of a fresh wine and low in alcohol, like sparkling wine or white wine. And another glass with the dish already on the table. That is all!
- When I am nervous, anxious or too happy, I choose to do yoga, go for a walk or eat a fruit. Neither wine nor sweets are the remedy. Mixing emotions and “good stuff” is not the best idea. We will always want more.
- It is good to take some days without wine, as well as to skip some foods. For example, #meatlessmonday (Monday without meat) or day without sweets. If we drink every day, the body begins to develop an alcohol tolerance. Many experts recommend taking days off to balance our body.
Yes, the wine is healthy and delicious, but also bitter chocolate, olive oil, coconut oil and a thousand other foods. Nobody eats an entire chocolate bar every day or drink an olive oil bottle. The same applies to wine. You will not get fat if you enjoy a square of bitter chocolate or add a spoonful of olive to the salad. And if you drink one or two glasses of wine either. The same rule of moderation and portion applies to wine and our daily foods.