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2 glasses of wine each day - effect on belly fat?

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I am 42 years old, keeping myself to the allowed calorie intake and doing a daily 30-40 minute run (12 mph). I also play tennis at least 2-3 hours a week.

My weakness however is that I enjoy each day, in the evening with and after dinner, 2 glasses of white wine. These calories are included in maximum allowed calorie intake.

Does this harm?

My goal is not to loose much weight as I am on the weight that I want to be, more to get that belly fat away.

Thanks for all replies.
Edited Dec 12 2006 13:01 by pandajenn19
Reason: Moving this over to the weight loss forum & added to title
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Does it harm? Not necessarily, but be sure to account for the calories. According to this site, each glass of wine is about 70 calories, making two glasses 140. Given that you exercise daily and are sticking to the 'allowed calorie intake' (decided by... what? The site? Your program? What?), 140 calories probably isn't a deal-breaker.
Many studies have been done about red wine and they seem to be in favour of a glass a day.
I am not sureif it is good or bad, but I enjoy a couple of glasses a week.
I also enjoy having one drink a day (most days, lol). I believe it helps me feel like I'm not cheating myself on a "diet". Wine is great for your circulation as far as I know, so at least it has THAT going for it! Just do some situps between sips B-)
I think they recommend 1 glass a day for ladies and 1 or 2 glasses a day for men...
i've heard that one to two glasses a day is healthy. four glasses a day means you may have a problem. 

regarding weight loss - i wonder the same. i keep my calorie intake below my calories burned (resting and exercise) but i don't lose weight. i wonder if it's the wine that is the problem. could alcohol slow your metabolism down?
I too am a wine lover and drink one to two glasses of red wine a day.  I have read so much about the benefit of red wine for heart health and since I tend to have high blood pressure I take heart health very serious.  But at the same time I am not losing weight even though I allow for the extra calories of alchohol.  I exercise about 20 to 30 minutes "most" days and keep my calorie intake around 1200.  1200 is my goal after doing a lot of math to calculate what I should be eating to lose a pound a week.  Is it the wine?  And what is more important 10 extra pounds or heart health? 
You read so much these days about wine being "good" for you. Yes there are some antioxidents in red wine but they mainly come from the tannins...which you can also get from green tea! The ALCOHOL in wine is NOT good for you. Where have you ever read that alcohol is good mentally OR physically? Remember, losing weight is not just about how MANY calories you take in, it's about eating GOOD calories. You can eat fast food everyday and still keep your calorie numbers in check! Wine/alcohol is a carbohydrate with NO nutritional value...it is a depressant, which will lower your mood and energy level. Wine can also interfere with your sleep and digestion. It absolutely can interfere with weight loss. If you are drinking alcohol everyday, and especially 2 glasses a day, essentually you are cheating your diet on a regular basis which can sabotage you weight and fitness goals.
......there are SO many other things you can eat AND do to keep your heart healthy!!!!
Red wine may help prevent stroke damage

Red wine might work to protect the brain from damage after a stroke and drinking a couple of glasses a day might provide that protection ahead of time, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday.


There are many ways to improve heart health and I realize red wine is only one of them.  I know I don't need to repeat that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie to all of you.  Are some "foods" better for you than others...of course they are but calories are calories.  I like red wine (and occasionally a glass of white) because it makes me feel civilized.  I am not asking that you understand what I mean by that just accept it.  I am not a teetotaler and I am not giving up the wine.  What I am asking is how does one incoporate that into a healthy eating plan?
.... if you want to have a glass or two of wine, and it's not pushing you over your calories... why not??

To me, wine is a very social thing. We drink, we nibble, we talk. I wouldn't give up wine for anything!
What about a big frosty mug of brewskie!  All this wine talk....or maybe even a little diet coke and some Woodford Reserve.  Ahh good ole Kentucky! Known for our bourbon, horses, and women.
As long as it is within your calories and you are exercising etc then that is fine and it sounds like you are very active and so i dont think you need to worry. everyone has their treat that they enjoy so drink away!
The ALCOHOL in wine is NOT good for you. Where have you ever read that alcohol is good mentally OR physically?

Where have I read that?

Well here:

Alcohol And Health

Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. In addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine or distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer hypertension or high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, Alzheimer's disease and the common cold. Sensible drinking also appears to be beneficial in reducing or preventing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile sysfunction, hearing loss, gallstones, liver disease and poor physical condition in elderly.

And here:

Alcohol in moderation may extend life

Tue Dec 12, 12:32 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moderate drinking may lengthen your life, while too much may shorten it, researchers from Italy report. Their conclusion is based on pooled data from 34 large studies involving more than one million people and 94,000 deaths.

According to the data, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol -- up to four drinks per day in men and two drinks per day in women -- reduces the risk of death from any cause by roughly 18 percent, the team reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Just a note these are not wine studies and the effect is not caused something you can get in green tea. These are studies that show ALCOHOL promotes longer, healthier life in moderation.
The amount of alcohol required to produce benefits in healthy adults - less than one standard drink (10 grams of pure alcohol) a day for women and about one for men - is much less than the upper limits set by the NH&MRC. There are no further health benefits to be gained by drinking more than this amount.

Alcohol makes you sleepy, but it affects the kind of sleep you have.

By slowing the cortigal EEGs (the electrical activity of the cortex), alcohol suppresses REM or dreaming sleep so you sink into slow wave sleep instead. Often when the suppression of REM sleep ends (which usually coincides with diminished BAL), there is a "REM backlash", during which you spend more time than usual much later on in the night in dreaming sleep. This may expain why you feel irritable and a bit vague the next day.

Alcohol related mortality.

Alcohol is second only to tobacco as the major cause of drug related mortality in Australia. The most common alcohol related cause of death is cancer.

* Guess it all depends on who you talk to and what you read.
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