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Did you know that drinking wine every day can help you live a longer life and even protect your brain? It’s true!
But despite all the benefits of drinking wine, promoting weight loss isn’t one of them. However, while it is possible that drinking alcohol can stifle weight loss, that doesn’t mean you need to give up alcohol to lose weight.
After all, weight loss is a numbers game, so if you can reduce calories in your diet outside of your regular (or infrequent) glass of wine, you can still lose weight. Plus, alcohol may not actually make you gain weight if you drink it in moderation. In general, studies show that light-to-moderate alcohol intake is not associated with fat gain (but heavy drinking is), according to a review published in Current Obesity Reports.
With that in mind, a regular glass of wine is safe to drink on a diet, but if you want to indulge while also being mindful of your weight loss goals, why not opt for a low-calorie wine?
Alcohol is the top contributor of calories from beverages in the American diet, according to a BMC Public Health analysis, and contributes, on average, 150 calories to your diet per day.
You can cut that number down by over 45% by opting for a low-calorie wine, supporting your weight loss goals in the process!
How does this magic happen? It’s not as complicated—or as mad-sciency—as you’d imagine. While vintners can use a few different processes, they all share a commonality: low-calorie wine is left to ferment out most of the residual sugar. This results in a wine that has as much sugar per bottle as there is in just one serving of regular wine! Sugar equals calories, so less sugar means fewer calories.
Be mindful that these low-calorie wines aren’t a free pass to drink the entire bottle. Safe levels of wine intake are still less than one glass a day for women and less than two a day for men.
The following eight low-calorie wines are all are less than 110 calories per serving, with some as low as 80!
Read on, and for more on healthy eating, don’t miss Simple Ways to Start Losing Weight Immediately, According to Science.
107 calories, 2.7g carbs, 0g sugar, 12.8% ABV
Have you ever heard of orange wine? Well, now that you have, and now that you know Winc’s Wonderful Wine Co. makes a low-calorie version, you should make it a staple in your wine rack. White wine is allowed to come in contact with red skins during fermentation, which produces a beautiful orange color and a wine that has a flavor with citrus, peach, and honeysuckle notes. To make their keto-friendly, low-calorie wine, The Wonderful Wine Co. doesn’t add any sugar during the winemaking process and they ferment their wines dry, which leaves no residual sugar in the wine by the time they bottle it. No extra sugar means fewer total calories.
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80 calories, 4.5g carbs, 0.5g sugar, 8% ABV
A pinot with a purpose: a purpose of supporting your weight loss goals while allowing you to indulge! Cupcake LightHearted makes the lowest calorie wines we could find, and they offer a Chardonnay, Rosé, and Pinot Grigio in addition to this Pinot Noir, which has sumptuous notes of strawberry, plum, nutmeg, and vanilla.
To get such a low-sugar wine, Jessica Tomei, Winemaker for Cupcake, explains that it’s all about the harvesting process: “The lower sugar (<1g per 5-ounce serving) and 8% alcohol is achieved by harvesting the grapes early in the growing season to minimize BRIX levels (a measure of the amount of sugar that is naturally found in grapes – the longer the grapes ripen on the vine, the higher the BRIX levels become).”
And before you pour yourself another glass, check out What Happens When You Drink a Glass of Wine Every Night.
110 calories, 2g carbs, 1g sugar, 12.5% ABV
The name of this wine is a reminder that yes, you can have a glass of wine and lose weight! Make it tastier with a low-carb, low-sugar wine that’s still full of flavor. Yes Way Rosé is a classic Provençal-style rosé from the south of France.
99 calories, 2.4g carbs, 0g sugar, 11.5% ABV
Avaline, a new wine from Cameron Diaz and entrepreneur Katherine Power, is made with organic grapes and without unnecessary additives like sugars, colors, and concentrates. This crispy White is dry with a touch of citrus. For more low-calorie options, the Avaline lineup also features a Rosé, Red, and a Sparkling wine. As a bonus, Avaline wines contain a third of the sulfites as your average white.
100 calories, 2g carbs, 0g sugar, 6.9% ABV
After noticing that people loved the low-cal, low-carb stats of hard seltzers, BABE Wine thought—why not deliver the same benefits to people who love the taste of wine and hate the taste of fake lime? Thus, BABE 100 was born. The Rosé will be launching nationally now, so be on the lookout!
(Related: 5 Subtle Signs You’re Drinking Too Much Wine)
104 calories, 3.6g carbs, 0g sugar, 12% ABV
FitVine is wine made for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle. The winemakers let the wine ferment to dry, meaning lower levels of sugar, plus they use a proprietary process that removes more tannins and sugars than traditional brewing methods. This light-bodied varietal smells of honeydew melon and has bright citrus notes.
90 calories, n/a g carbs, 0g sugar, 9.9% ABV
It may be a low-calorie wine, but MIND & BODY wines get high marks. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a 90-point wine (coincidentally the same number of calories it has per serving!) according to The Tasting Panel. Using traditional winemaking methods, this red wine is aged in French and American oak to achieve bright cherry aromas with blackberry and raspberries.
To reach that impressive calorie count, some of the finished wine goes through spinning cone technology to remove alcohol while safeguarding the fragile wine aromas and flavors. Then, the dealcoholized wine is blended with the traditional wine to produce a bottle with bolder flavors than other low-calorie wines.
100 calories, 4g carbs, 0g sugar, 8.5% ABV
A low-calorie classic: Skinnygirl! This white is aged in French oak with notes of citrus and vanilla, and has won awards for its full-bodied tastes, including the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Silver Medal.
For more, see these 5 Hacks To Avoid Wine Headaches.