Two glasses of wine before bed can actually help you shed extra kilos, according to new research.
When it came to dieting under the influence, British author Kingsley Amis had some sage advice. “The first, indeed the only, requirement of a diet,” he once wrote, “Is that it should lose your weight without reducing your alcoholic intake by the smallest degree.”
Of course, Amis was better known as an immoderate soak than as a fitness guru. But now it seems – we hope you’re sitting down – that there may be a way to meet his seemingly impossible stricture.
According to not one but two recent studies – from Washington State University and Harvard Medical School – two glasses of red wine before bed could actually help you to lose weight.
Just read that again. Let it sink in. These guys aren’t saying that wine’s effect on weight loss is neutral. They’re saying it can actually and actively contribute to it.
According to the researchers in question, red wine contains a type of micronutrient called resveratrol, which transforms so-called “white fat” into “beige fat,” the latter of which is easier to burn off.
“Polyphenols in fruit, including resveratrol, increase gene expression that enhances the oxidation of dietary fats so the body won’t be overloaded,” WSU’s Professor Min Du told reporters. “They convert white fat into beige fat that burns lipids off as heat—helping to keep the body in balance and prevent obesity and metabolic dysfunction.”
Professor Du said that blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples and – the important part for us Amis types – grapes are all rich in the ingredient. However, he also warned that many of wine’s beneficial components “are insoluble and get filtered out during the wine production process.”
Which is why we should all probably be drinking biodynamic or something?
The Harvard study contained good news, too, finding that women who drank two glasses of wine a day – albeit no more than that – actually had 70 per cent less chance of being overweight than their more temperate peers.
The only problem is that burning off “beige fat” still requires actual exercise. We await the scientific research that proves that using a corkscrew counts.