Weight Loss Wednesdays: Wine for Weight Loss-The Newest Research Weighs In
Do you feel like you aren’t losing weight fast enough? Take two glasses of merlot and call me in the morning. Red wine has been the focus of some scrutiny in the last few years because of something called resveratrol- an antioxidant chemical found in wine, grapes, blueberries, and cranberries. Also available in supplement form, resveratrol has been linked to weight loss in animals, by increasing the efficiency with which their cells use oxygen during exercise, potentially allowing for longer and more intense bouts of exercise before fatigue kicks in. Animal research also suggests that resveratrol may help your body absorb glucose from foods more efficiently, meaning more of the fuel that you consume goes to your muscles and not into storage as fat, which could lead to weight loss over time.
But don’t go buying a vineyard just yet! Despite these promising results, the jury is still out, as for some people, resveratrol supplementation prompts a feeling of increased energy, allowing more and more exercise, so its hard to pinpoint if the changes enabling weight loss are happening at a cellular level or not. As of now, experts all seem to agree that there is just not enough human based data available to make a reliable conclusion about whether the weight loss results seen in animals carry over to humans in a predictable fashion. This being said, there is nothing stopping you from consuming foods high in resveratrol, such as grapes, blueberries, the occasional glass of wine or a resveratrol supplement. Just don't expect it to function as a magic pill.