Can drinking red wine really burn belly fat and help you lose weight? Yes, According to Research!
Red wine is an alcoholic drink made from red grapes. Widely consumed worldwide, it is a significant component of the diet in the Mediterranean region. Healthy when consumed in moderation, it may lower the risks of heart attack and stroke by lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Red wine may also reduce stress and boost mental function. According to research, another potential advantage is its ability to burn body fat and aid in weight loss.
How can red wine burn belly fat and help you lose weight?
Red wine contains natural phenols that may effectively burn fat. These compounds, known as Resveratrol and Ellagic Acid, are antioxidants that provide a small boost to the body’s metabolism. They are present in different quantities among various wine grapes, though Muscadine Grapes contain the richest source of these compounds.
Resveratrol is in the grape skin and is far more abundant in red wine than white. In a 2015 study with mice, resveratrol helped the white fat convert to easily burnable fat, i.e., beige/brown fat.
In human studies, beige and brown fat used sugar and fat in the blood to generate heat (1).
The other magical, fat-burning compound in red wine is Ellagic Acid. This compound is found in varying amounts within the fruit. Ellagic acid has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative abilities (i.e., inhibiting the growth of malignant or tumor cells).
Further research shows this compound may slow down active fat cells’ growth and prevent the formation of new fat cells. It does not cause weight loss per se but could help reduce the fat mass in the body. Ellagic acid may also benefit the liver by boosting its fat-burning capabilities and defending against fatty liver.
Drinking this claret-colored beverage in moderate quantities may play a small role in stopping the body’s storage of unwanted fat, thus, leading to reduced risks of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, and obesity.
A study conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine revealed that moderate consumption of wine potentially slowed down obesity, as witnessed by 20,000 women participants.
In addition, the antioxidant properties of resveratrol and ellagic acid may protect against cancer.
Be mindful of how much red wine you consume!
One important thing to remember is that even though red wine is considered healthy, it still contains alcohol.
Over-consumption of any alcohol-based beverage can induce dangerous health consequences like heart disease and stroke, liver problems such as fatty liver, mental health problems, weight gain, and pancreatitis. It may also promote the development of certain cancers.
With respect to alcohol-based red wine, the CDC recommends:
up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age. This is not intended as an average over several days, but rather the amount consumed on any single day. The Guidelines also do not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason.”
Other Sources of Resveratrol and Ellagic Acid
The good news is that you do not need to drink red wine to obtain ellagic acid and resveratrol, as these compounds are also present in other fruits.
Foods High in Resveratrol
- Red grapes (the skin)
- Organic dark chocolate
Foods High in Ellagic Acid:
Regularly consuming these foods may provide the body with sufficient quantities of resveratrol and ellagic acid that a person may still be able to take advantage of their potential fat-burning effects.
Despite the ability of these compounds to aid in weight loss, they are not the end-all-be-all solution. Drinking all the red wine in the world (which is definitely NOT recommended) and consuming all foods high in ellagic acid and resveratrol won’t help you lose weight if the underlying physiological issues are not addressed.
(1) How brown fat, the ‘good’ fat, burns calories and could help treat type 2 diabetes and obesity; By Abby Phillip; November 10, 2014
(1) “Brown fat” in healthy men may help body use up blood sugar in cold weather and at rest
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