We’re already at day 16 of 31 Days of Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays More and today’s tip is to sip on a glass of wine for your health and waistline. There are certainly many reasons to not drink alcohol but worries about derailing a diet are not one of them.
Have you been missing having red wine because you’re trying to lose weight? Did you know that you can work in a glass of wine a few nights a week and still lose weight? There’s no reason why you can’t have a few glasses a week while working towards a weight loss goal (barring certain health conditions). A well balanced diet and active life gives you a little healthy wiggle room to indulge and you’re actually more likely to stay on track when you don’t set up strict restrictions. One 5oz glass of red wine a day for a woman is totally reasonable and comes in at only 125 calories. No big deal! In fact, there’s even some research showing that a compound in wine can stop fat cells from growing. So it might help you lose weight after all.
If helping you have a balanced lifestyle and stop fat cell growth aren’t enough reasons for you to enjoy a few glasses this holiday, here are more health benefits for sipping on the red stuff:
- cardiovascular protection (it reduces systolic blood pressure and relaxes the arteries)
- slows aging
- increases HDL (good) cholesterol
- reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol
- reduces inflammation (which may decrease joint pain)
- reduces chance of blood clot formation (it thins the blood)
- may help control blood sugar in diabetics
- strengthens memory
- slows down cancer cell growth
If you want to learn more about how to have a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, I can help. I know it’s only Monday, but I think I’m going to open up a bottle tonight and have a small glass. You should too! And if you want to learn more about how you can have a legit healthy balanced diet and lifestyle everyday (not just at the holidays), I can help. Don’t be afraid to reach out!