- Listed: February 17, 2015 10:59 am
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Weight Loss? Let’s Drink to That!
A study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that followed almost 20,000 women through the course of 13 years, to determine if drinking alcohol was a factor in preventing weight gain. The women were all of normal weight, aged 39 or over, when the study began. Within that time period, they all gained weight progressively, but it was shown that those who drank the least, or didn’t drink at all, gained the most weight.I’ll remind you right here and now that this is not a reason to dash off to your neighborhood bar and get loaded, expecting to wake up a size 4. Alcoholic beverages contain calories; keep that in mind when reaching for that wine glass and sip slowly from a 4-ounce serving. Overconsumption of beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol has been scientifically proven to be a factor in not only weight gain, but also different types of cancer, liver problems, brain problems, and it can weaken heart muscle.Also, women metabolize wine slower than men, so, unfortunately, we have to fill our glasses only halfway. Spritzer, anyone?
The study showed that red wine is the drink of choice in the battle of the bulge, with white wine, beer and spirits also showing benefits. As the study progressed, 38 percent reported that they did not drink alcohol, 33 percent drank less than 5 grams per day, 20 percent drank from 5 to 15 grams daily, 6 percent, 15 to 30 grams, and 3 percent guzzled 30 grams or more (two to three good-sized cocktails).Thus with drinking habits firmly established, researchers were able to see, over the course of time, that 41 percent of the overall group became obese within the 13 studied years. The two-to-three drink ladies showed the lowest obesity risk, which was equal to 30 percent less than the tee-totallers. Those who did not imbibe gained an average of 8 pounds; by comparison, the women who filled— and emptied— the glass, twice, or perhaps thrice, only gained an average of 3.4 pounds, during the course of the study.Again, we’re not advocating that you slug down a bottle of wine tonight when you get home; just reporting on statistics, for the sake of comparison.Moving right along, it seems that women who drank higher amounts of alcohol were generally more physically active, were more likely to be smokers, and weighed a bit less than their non-drinking counterparts. Somehow these factors seem to remain outside the equation; it appears that alcohol independently affects bodyweight, beyond its relationship to diet and lifestyle choices.Speculation was made as to the reasons that alcohol assists women in staying slim. In this particular study, the women who imbibed regularly consumed less carbohydrates. Women who drink also have a tendency to expend energy over and above that contained in the alcoholic beverage. These tendencies were seen to be contributing factors.So it seems clear that there is a correlation between moderate alcohol consumption and decreased weight gain. But there is a further, equally important point to be discussed in the challenge to avoid weight gain, and stay healthy.
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