As a wine lover, you may have often wondered, does wine make you gain weight? Wine’s health-friendly image appeals to weight-conscious individuals aiming to shed kilos and trim waistlines. If you are one of them, you need to keep in mind that at the end of the day, wine is an alcoholic beverage and does contain a certain amount of calories.

To understand whether or not wine can make you gain weight, first, we need to know where wine gets its calories from and where that number stands. Wine gets its calories from alcohol- one gram of which packs in seven calories, and residual sugar (four calories per gram). So, a glass of wine (150 ml) can contain anywhere between 120 to 150 calories, depending on how much alcohol by volume (ABV) and residual sugar it contains. 

Why Does Wine Make You Gain Weight?

Now, if this doesn’t seem like a lot to you, and yet, you have been gaining weight or failing to lose it ever since you started drinking wine regularly, there could be two reasons for that. The first is quantity. Due to its lower alcohol content and perceived healthiness, individuals often exceed two glasses per sitting However, more glasses equals more calories, and most of these are empty since they aren’t giving you any other nutritional benefits. 

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Another important thing to keep in mind is what you eat with your wine. Indulging in oily fried foods like potato chips, chicken tenders, or mutton kebabs alongside your drink could contribute to weight gain, not the wine itself.

Five Tips To Avoid Weight Gain From Drinking Wine

Every alcoholic beverage has the potential to cause weight gain. But by making some smart choices, you can minimise the chances of this happening to you. Here are some tips:

Drink in moderation: Limit yourself to drinking one or two glasses of wine. Don’t cross the limits of moderate consumption and this will help you watch your calorie intake.

Eat a protein-rich meal before you drink: Consume protein-rich foods like paneer bhurji, egg sandwich, or hummus with carrot sticks to curb cravings and limit wine intake.

Burn more calories: Even two glasses of wine can add a substantial number of calories to your daily intake, thus derailing your diet plan. However, you can compensate for this addition by burning more calories and creating a deficit. If anticipating a night out, incorporate a workout to enjoy guilt-free wine consumption.

Choose wine accordingly: If you go for a dry wine that has low alcohol by volume, then your glass will have lesser calories in it, as compared to a wine with more residual sugar and a high level of alcohol by volume. However, opting for lower-calorie wine is futile without maintaining moderate drinking habits.

Sip water: Keep sipping water while drinking wine as this will help you stay hydrated. This also extends the time to finish a glass, promoting a feeling of fullness. Sipping water will also help you avoid a hangover the next day.

It is also a common assumption that wine is a healthy beverage. But is that true? Is there such a thing as healthy wine? Read this article to know more.


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