How to Enjoy Wine and avoid Belly Fat

Once you gain an appreciation for wine, the experience of trying different varietals and learning of the various wine growing regions fuels the passion. Wine consumption easily becomes a part of your weekly lifestyle and diet. Unfortunately, drinking wine is a noted contributor to the fat on your belly - upsetting indeed.

Continue reading for a better understanding of how wine contributes to belly fat and what level of consumption is safe for you waist line.

Wine has some fine health benefits and certainly does have a place in your diet. In moderation, wine dilates small blood vessels, helps prevent clotting and is good for the heart. The enzymes in wine help digestion. Wine also contains four different poly phenol antioxidants, including the famed Reservatol, which fight everything from the aging of body tissues to cancer cells. Enjoy all of these benefits and no excess body fat with moderate consumption.

Wine, at its basic elements, is 85% water and 12% ethyl alcohol with a mixture of various sugars and carbohydrates. Wine does not contain any fat or cholesterol, but wine does contain calories. Each glass of wine, red or white, is roughly 130 calories. This is a fair amount when compared to a pint of beer or a can of Coke. A regular pint of beer is 148 calories and a 12 ounce can of regular Coke is 140 calories.

To quickly put calories in perspective, it will take you 14 minutes of running or 44 minutes of walking to burn off 180 calories. So, three glasses of wine at dinner is a load of extra calories that you are not going to burn off after the meal. Buy a bottle at dinner on special occasions only. Buy wine by the glass when you go out.

The key is to consume slowly, no more than one glass per hour. The body gives alcohol special treatment, It's routed straight from the stomach to the bloodstream, and then to the liver. Half of the alcohol will be absorbed just 10 minutes after having a drink, and all of it within an hour.

The liver can only break down the alcohol in one glass of wine per hour, and any amount above this is turned away as it arrives at the liver and sent back into the bloodstream to circulate around the body until the liver can process it. Alcohol, like all other toxins, is stored in fat when the body is exposed to so much that it cannot be effectively expelled from the body. So, both the calories from wine and the alcohol combine to create belly fat when consumption is too fast and too much. Slow down and enjoy no more than two glasses in one sitting.