Red Wine for Weight Loss: Are You Kidding?

There is a definite buzz going around that red wine can be useful when a person is trying to lose weight.  Red wine for weight loss?  how can this be?

For me, drinking any wine while making and effort to lose weight, seems counterintuitive.  I will admit that I come from the old-school belief that the best ways to shed extra pounds is to reduce your total calories in a day, get some exercise, watch your refined sugar intake, drink plenty of water, and get proper rest.  Of course, this is quite simplistic, but it is a general rule of thumb.

Drinking red wine would be breaking the sugar rule and the extra unnecessary calories rule.

Red Wine For Weight Loss

Not to mention, one glass of wine often leads to the next… the alcohol may act to lower your inhibitions, which leads to that second glass.  Lowered inhibitions may also account for abandonment of any regimented eating, leading to the proverbial “I’ve blown it, I will start again tomorrow” reasoning.

WomensHealth talks about how drinking red wine can trick your metabolism into burning more calories.

Personally, I have my doubts about the validity of red wine having a positive outcome for the dieter.  Let me tell you, I really hope that I am wrong!

Red Wine for Weight Loss Studies


There have been a few studies that back up the use of red wine for weight loss, as a diet aide.

A study out of Washington State (July 2015) “showed that wine and weight loss go hand in hand, thanks to a substance called resveratrol.  The compound, which is found in red wine, was shown to help convert “white fat” into “beige fat”, the beige fat being more readily burned.

Harvard university scientists found “that wine contains the compound resveratrol, which restricts the conversion of fat cells.  Just a glass a day can reduce obesity by 70%” This was also reported at the University of Ulm in Germany, which found that “resveratrol works to inhibit the precursors to fat cell (known as predipocytes) from increasing and converting to mature adipocytes, as well as limiting fat storage”.



Dr. Mike Roussell describes the “sweet spot” regarding alcohol and health.  He says, “a glass of wine 4 to 6 nights a week can help you live longer and increase you goof (HDL) cholesterol”.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals “a new benefit of drinking that is specific to the antioxidants found in red wine for digestive health. Your digestive tract houses a wide variety of bacteria, some good, some bad.  Decreases in good bacteria and/or increases in bad bacteria have been linked to a growing list of health issues, including weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.  Red wine can help shift the types of bacteria in your digestive track so there’s more of the good kind, making you healthier and potentially leaner”.

The information leads me to realize that the so called “Red Wine Diet” is not only using red wine for weight loss, it is also targeted at people prone to heart disease, diabetes and dementia.  To label the Red Wine Diet as a weight loss only diet, would be selling it short.



Roger Corder is the author of the book: The Red Wine Diet (2007) He discusses many different benefits of red wine, not just weight loss.

There have been many derivations of this idea weight loss candidate have manipulated the drinking of red wine to their advantage.  This is apparently correct.

It looks like white wine has been ignored, regarding diet and weight loss

Red Wine Bottle

.  this is likely due to the skins being removed in the wine making process, thus a reduced amount of  resveratrol in white wine.  Too bad for me, as I love white wine!

Is red wine good for weight loss? According to the studies it seems it might just be so.  I love my red wine, and I also struggle with my weight.  I am not sure drinking red wine for the purpose of dieting will work, but I sure hope it does.  After all, it is fat-free!



If you have ant questions or comments, I welcome them below.Judy



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  1. jeffrey16201

    June 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Thank You

    It is interesting the thought of drinking red wine could help people lose weight, I am not a drinker of any type of alcohol so I really have no idea how this could work?

    I have always thought alcohol gave people an appetite, if this is true I don’t see how wine could be a good thing for your weight management plan?

    1. Judith

      June 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you for the comment.  It is not so much the alcohol as the positive ingredients that can be beneficial to ones general health.

  2. Jen

    June 26, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I’ve heard the research that red wine in moderation is good for you, but I haven’t heard much about drinking red wine to lose weight. The idea that drinking additional calories can help you in your diet endeavors definitely seems counterintuitive as you mention.

    Since the benefits of red wine are numerous and can actually help prevent a lot of diseases, it makes sense to give it a try. I like this research study! I like white wine too, but I don’t think it has the same benefits? Cheers to drinking more red wine!

    1. Judith

      June 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you for the comment.  It seems red wine has more beneficial attributes.

  3. Daniel

    June 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I also love my red wine but as with most things, too much is not always a good thing. I have heard before about the possible health benefits of drinking red wine, but weight loss is a new one. As with any diet there is a time of day when some foods are not consumed, like carbs late at night. Is there a particular time of day when red wine is recommended to be consumed to get the most benefit from its fat burning qualities?

    1. Judith

      June 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thank you for the comment.  Oddly enough, the best time for you glass of wine is before bedtime.

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