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Red wine and losing weight: good or bad idea?

Red wine is the alcoholic beverage of choice for many people and it gets a lot of attention for its potential health benefits.
This drink made from fermented red grapes is packed with antioxidants, but it can also be high in calories and sugar. If you’re trying to lose weight, you might be wondering if red wine can help you or just hinder you. This article provides an overview of the nutritional content of red wine, what the evidence says about red wine and weight management, and how you can enjoy red wine while losing weight.

Nutritional value of red wine

A 148ml serving of red wine contains:

Calories: 125
Protein: 0 grams
Lipids: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 4 grams
Sugar: 1 gram
Alcohol: 16 grams

Most of the calories in red wine come from alcohol, which provides seven calories per gram, with the rest coming from carbohydrates. Keep in mind that there are different types of red wine that differ in alcohol and sugar content, which affects the total calorie count. There are also differences between the brands.

red wine and weight loss

Several studies have examined the link between alcoholic beverages and weight. When it comes to weight management, it seems that drinking red wine has both advantages and disadvantages.


Red wine is high in resveratrol and other antioxidants, which may promote blood sugar control, heart health, and inflammation. Moderate wine consumption can also help protect against excessive weight gain. Red wine and other flavonoid-rich foods like olive oil, nuts, fruits, and legumes are considered staples in the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked to better heart disease control than the standard Western diet.

Unfortunately, the evidence for the effects of red wine itself is quite mixed. Some animal studies have shown that drinking red wine reduces body weight and body fat percentage, but others have found the opposite. Additionally, a study of 29 obese people found that the antioxidants in red wine do not appear to affect blood sugar control.

However, other human studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption can help improve blood sugar control, which may help with weight management. More research is needed before the effects of red wine on weight control are fully understood.


Several studies have found that excessive alcohol consumption is linked to weight gain, particularly in men. Alcohol contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates and protein, and many alcoholic beverages, such as beer and mixed drinks, can also be loaded with sugar. Because of this, it can be easier to consume more calories than intended when drinking alcohol. In addition, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to insulin resistance and problems controlling blood sugar, which can be a precursor to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.

Note that 148ml of wine counts as one serving and moderate alcohol consumption is defined as no more than 2 servings of alcohol per day for men and 1 serving of alcohol per day for women.

How to enjoy red wine while losing weight

Fortunately, you don’t have to give up red wine completely when trying to lose weight.

Here are some ways to enjoy red wine without getting in the way of your weight loss efforts:

– Stick to one serving. A serving of wine is defined as 150 ml

– Watch your calorie intake. If you can fit a serving of wine into your day and maintain a calorie deficit, you should be able to keep losing weight.

– Avoid dessert wines. Dessert wines are sweeter and likely contain more sugar and calories per serving.
As long as you watch your portions and drink in moderation, wine shouldn’t have a huge impact on your weight. Also, if you notice that your weight loss is slowing down and nothing has changed except the amount or frequency of your red wine consumption, try reducing it to see if that helps.

in summary

Red wine is high in antioxidants but also contains many calories from alcohol and carbohydrates. It is therefore a mixed product for weight loss.
Excessive consumption of red wine or other alcoholic beverages can hinder weight loss and contribute to weight gain. However, red wine consumed in moderation may have a protective effect against weight gain. To enjoy red wine while you lose weight, make sure to stick to one serving, avoid sugary dessert wines, and watch your calories.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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