Can Wine Really Help You Lose Weight?
This might come as a surprise to you or not but you better believe it. The results are out. Studies have at last proven that wine does in fact help with weight loss and this article will reveal how.
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How Does Lack Of Sleep Lead To Weight Gain?
A study conducted by US researches has confirmed that lack of sleep is one of the main contributing factors to people putting on weight. This study was published in the journal Sleep.
The study showed that people suffering from lack of sleep got “the munchies” which is a similar craving associated with marijuana. Those people craved unhealthy foods such as biscuits, sweets and crisps more than healthier alternatives. As a result, they end up putting on weight.
What Causes Cravings In Sleep Deprived People?
Lack of sleep changes the chemical makeup of the body. It contributes to low levels of leptin and high levels of ghrelin. Leptin lets the brain know when your stomach is full and ghrelin enhances your appetite.
The studies conducted by the US researchers also found that there was an increased level of a chemical called endocannabinoid 2-AG in sleep deprived people. This chemical increases the pleasure you feel when you eat.
This means that when you eat tasty sweet and salty fatty foods, you get even more pleasure out of the experience and that pleasure lasts a lot longer than normal if you have high levels of the endocannabinoid 2-AG chemical in your body. This encourages you to eat more and eat more of unhealthy foods leading to obesity.
How Can Wine Help With Food Cravings?
In the first instance, a glass or two of wine in the evening whether it is a red, a white, or a rose will help you sleep better. The idea is not to get drunk. The idea is to drink wine to help you relax and get rid of your anxiety.
Most people have trouble sleeping or staying asleep because they cannot relax and they suffer from anxiety. Having a glass or two of wine in the evening helps you wind down so that you can go to bed more relaxed and anxiety free and as a result sleep better.
Can Wine Also Help Avoid Night-Time Snacking?
I have noticed this personally but I also came across this idea when reading Tim Ferriss’s book: The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide To Rapid Weight Loss. The idea is that a glass of wine or two in the evening becomes a substitute to snacking.
Wine will leave you feeling just as satisfied as you would feel after having a night-time snack and therefore, would be a healthier substitute as well as a lower calorie substitute. As a result, over a period of time, you will end up losing weight.
What Is The General Rule When Drinking Wine?
If you want to enjoy the benefits of drinking wine discussed in this article, then you have to stick to one or two glasses of wine in one evening but no more than that.
Having too much wine will actually disrupt your sleep as it will dehydrate your body too much. This dehydration will also make you suffer from a bad hangover the next morning which you will probably not like very much if you have to go to work.
If you are serious about implementing the ideas in this article, then you should consider getting a wine cooler to get the most out of your drinking experience.