A Study Has Found That A Glass Of Wine Before Bed Can Help You Lose Weight
Winos, rejoice! A study from Washington State University uncovered an unsuspected benefit of wine-drinking. Researchers found that having a glass of wine before bedtime can actually help you lose weight. Here’s how.
The Wonders Of Red Wine
The main component in wine’s weight loss capabilities is resveratrol. A compound found in red wine, resveratrol is able to turn white fat cells into beige fat cells. The difference between the two fats? Beige fat has proven to be easier to burn off than white fat.
In the study from Washington State University, mice were given a high-fat diet. One group received resveratrol while the other group was given nothing. Amazingly, the resveratrol group gained 40 percent less weight than the control group.
Wine Drinkers Be Warned
Now, we know what you might be thinking. Bring on the Merlot! However, there are a few reasons why you should only imbibe a modest amount of wine. One reason is that drinking too much alcohol can affect your sleep.
“Initially you might feel sleepy and fall asleep easily. But you end up awakening more often in the middle of the night and the alcohol has a disruptive effect on sleep,” said Timothy Roehrs, director of research at the Sleep Disorders and Research Center of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital. Sleep disruption can typically be avoided if blood alcohol levels are below 0.04. If you think you may be bordering disruptive BAC levels, try eating a small snack before bed.
Benefits Without The Booze
So, what if you’re looking to reap the benefits of resveratrol, but you aren’t too big on red wine?
Fruits such as blueberries, grapes, and strawberries all contain natural sources of resveratrol. These are great choices for anyone who’s watching their weight, as they are also low-calorie snack options. Perhaps a bowl of blueberries AND a nice glass of Cabernet would couple nicely for your weight-loss goals.
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