Happy Monday! I’m feeling well-rested and almost back to normal after my vacation and thought I’d do a piece regarding liberal libations in celebration of last week’s vacation. I did come across this study this past weekend and it definitely got the gears turning.
While we all have those friends on Facebook that we, you know, haven’t seen in fifteen years or more that suddenly and magically appear in our ‘Friend Request’ boxes and are almost unrecognizable because of all of the weight that they’ve gained … in their face. You check out the photos and the fat-face syndrome is completely understandable in their circumstance: they’re rarely photographed without a beer or sugar-laden fruity drink in hand.
However, winos do not appear to be the case in this study. Results state that of 19,000 women studied, a very select few only saunter drunkenly into the ‘obese’ mold and scientists state that there is a large numeral discrepancy regarding weight gain in those who swill beer as their choice of poison rather than wine drinkers.
Researchers interviewed the women regarding their drinking habits and concluded that 38% of women who admitted to being “non-drinkers” gained more weight over a thirteen-year period than women who copped to drinking wine did. In fact, results stated that the more wine women consumed, the less overall weight they gained over the study’s thirteen-year span. Obviously, a greater weight gain was experienced by those who drank highly-carbonated alcoholic beverages such as beer or heavily-sugared or carbohydrate-loaded drinks like White Russians and, eh, Hurricanes.
Although the study’s results are quite interesting, Catherine Collins, who is a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, warns against the consumption of alcohol as a weight-loss aid:
“If these women have a healthy diet and lifestyle and are having one or two units of alcohol a night then that has less calories than someone who instead has a chocolate bar to unwind. It’s a question of “what’s your poison? … Of course if women were drinking more than two units a day they would put on weight. What this survey shows is that moderation is key to a healthy lifestyle. People who drink wine may be more likely to snack on sugary and more calorific treats.”
Kind of makes me super-glad that I practically lived on wine this past week, rather than indulging in the drinks that’d make me feel bloated and totally non-functional. Cheers!