How Many Calories are in a 250ml Glass of Red Wine?
Well for one thing, that's about 8.5 ounces of wine. Waaay above the standard 5 ounce serving.
If you stop pouring when the wine reaches the top of "the bell" of the glass. That should be around 5 ounces. I make the assumption that you are using an average sized wine glass of 12-14 ounces (355-414 ml).
If there's no residual sugar in your wine, that leaves only empty alcohol calories. It's termed "empty" because there are no nutrients in alcohol that your body can use for nourishment.
I call it empty because there are no red wine calories in it to make you fat.
There are zero calories in a 250 ml glass of a very dry red wine. Zippo.
Remember that alcohol calories are not even remotely the same as food calories. Here's a great read on the alcohol calorie conundrum.
I get a kick out of images comparing a slice of pizza or a chocolate bar, to a glass of red wine!
Bet you didn't learn that in school!
Alcohol is a toxin. A poison.
Your body doesn't metabolize it. It processes it, mostly in the liver and kidneys.
How can you make a fair comparison of calories between food, and a poison?
Your body shuts down any other metabolization of food or drink that it was doing until it's at least partly finished with the alcohol.
The "science" out there says that it takes about 10 hours after you're done drinking, to restart your metabolization of the food you ate prior to drinking. Hmmnn...
That's way too long. I'd be 800 lbs if that was the case.
Besides, I'm still really hungry the next morning for breakfast as usual. And I rarely sleep longer than 7 hours. I think there's a lot of work to do yet, to fully understand alcohol in the human body.
Here's a Good One for You:
If alcohol is so fattening as stated everywhere...
--almost twice as fattening than sugar--
Why are most alcoholics so darn slim?
Since alcohol adds 7 grams of calories/liter, while sugar only adds 4 calories/liter. Shouldn't they be ridiculously overweight?
It's well documented that those who drink more often, are slimmer. That by itself should be the first clue.
I mentioned alcoholics. This is the risk associated with drinking that we all share. In no way shape or form do I condone drinking wine or other alcohol more often because it doesn't make you gain weight.
We have alcoholics in our family, and I see how their health has been declining over the years. So sad. Always be on your guard against overdrinking.
Why Are You Counting Red Wine Calories Anyway?
Okay, well I know why...
But you can get better results, by tweaking your lifestyle.
Do you really want to change? Really, really want to be slimmer?
Then no more:
- weight-gain books
- xyz diet plans
- calorie counting
- funky exercise equipment...
The answer is right in front of you. Look straight into a mirror at your forehead, and confirm that a mind lies behind it.
That's what needs to change!
- eat less at each meal
- don't snack between meals or while drinking wine
- read labels for sugar and don't choose sugary foods
- get at least 40 minutes aerobics (brisk walk) per day
1. Eat Less at Each Meal
Portion size is way too big for most of us these days.
I struggle with this one daily because I just love so many kinds of food. It can be an addiction.
Cut your portion size down by using a smaller plate. Give your body time to tell you that you've eaten enough.
I eat too fast, and you probably do too. Slow down by enjoying a glass of wine and engaging in more conversation at the table.
Don't worry about red wine calories. Or how fattening white wine might be. They aren't where the problem lies.
2. Don't Snack Between Meals
You need to overcome this by taking your mind off of the snacks. Drink lots of water between meals. Have you explored the many different types of teas there are now?
If you're enjoying a mid-day glass of wine, and you're concerned about the red wine calories - be aware that the alcohol will loosen your resolve to stand firm and make you want to snack! That's a biggie.
A lot of the mainstream research on alcohol doesn't take this into consideration. Preferring instead, to point to alcohol calories as the reason why people gain weight when drinking.
3. Read labels for Sugar
Are you looking for the amount of calories in red wine? But ignoring the fact that your highly-publicized, so-called "healthy" yogurt cup, is absolutely jacked with sugar?
And that your "healthy" whole wheat bread has more sugar than white bread. Oh, and those granola bars - yup, crazy sugar too. Don't get me started on juices, or even milk!
Your body doesn't care whether the sugar comes from a natural source or not. Sugar is sugar.
And it's addictive.
The entire food industry is well aware of it. It's one reason for the obesity epidemic here in North America.
Eat a more bland diet, or use spices and herbs more creatively.
4. Do at Least 40 Minutes of Aerobics Per Day!
We're built to move.
But if you're going to do exercise daily, you should do something that you can take into your older years.
For me and many others, it's brisk walking.
This really works to get your heart working and burn off calories. And if you follow the first three points above - there won't be too much to burn off.
If you still feel that you need to "buy something" or "start a different plan", so it seems like you're doing something meaningful...
Be smart. Tweak your life - not your wallet!