Booze is often associated with protruding waistlines. What is known as the “beer belly”. However, contrary to conventional wisdom, recent studies show that drinking wine and tequila (not at the same time), may actually help you lose weight.
The pot belly that typically comes with habitual drinking is a result of too many calories, as well as the liver burning the alcohol instead of fat, according to WebMD. Plus, alcohol does tend to increase appetite and often the food on hand often is of high-calorie and high-fat variety. So, how can an alcoholic drink help you lose fat?
Wine And Fat Loss
According to two recent studies from Washington State University and Harvard Medical School, the weight reduction properties in wine are found in a polyphenol known as resveratrol. This polyphenol is present in red wine and helps fight fat two ways; by curbing appetite and turning white fat into beige fat.
Beige fat is easier to lose than white fat. For more on the different types of fat see Really, Lose Belly Fat While You Sleep?
In the Washington State University study, mice were fed a high fat diet. It was observed that those receiving resveratrol gained about 40 per cent less weight than the control mice.
The Harvard study looked at 20,000 women over a period of 13 years. It was determined that those who drunk two glasses of wine daily had a 70 per cent less risk of being overweight compared to non-drinkers..
A detailed report and anecdotal accounts on this is published Daily Mail news site.
Other health benefits linked to resveratrol include cancer and heart disease fighting properties and anti-aging. It may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, a separate study recently found that drinking champagne may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
You don’t have to drink wine to get resveratrol. You can get it from food sources such as red grapes, peanut butter, blueberries, and dark chocolate.
Tequila And Fat Loss
According to the American Cancer Society, drinking tequila may you combat the bulge as well as maintain healthy blood sugar levels. A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila, the blue agave (Agave tequilana), could help lower blood glucose (sugar) levels and even lose weight.
Agavins, a natural sugar found in the blue agave are not digestible, and therefore does not raise blood glucose. They may also act as dietary fiber, which is also beneficial for both blood sugar and weight management. It may also be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes.
Besides helping reduce blood glucose levels, agavins may also help increase GLP-1 and insulin, which in turn may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and control appetite. This can be beneficial for people who struggle with weight loss.
All the same, this does not mean that one can now indulge in wine and tequila as much as they want. This could be counter-productive. Moderation is key.