Wine & Weight Gain? Carbs + Calories

Wine. Many of us love it, some people swear by it, (some people drink it, and then swear!) but it definitely comes with a mixed bag of reviews when it comes to the question of its health benefits and whether or not it's responsible for your trousers getting a little bit tighter.

Why Does Wine Make you Gain Weight Anyway?

Though there is no fat in wine, when we drink alcohol, our bodies try their hardest to metabolize it, use its energy and get rid of it.

Unfortunately for us, this means that when you start having a few nibbles with your vino (cheese is usually a fatty culprit), your body will not process any of the food you’ve eaten until it's broken down and used energy in the alcohol.

*Related: Nutrisystem and alcohol?

It has also been reported that after drinking alcohol we can eat up to 30% more food than we normally would. So, we need to be a little more vigilant before going in for that extra serving of fries or dinner rolls.

Tip: Sweet Wine Has More Calories Than Dry Wine

The amount of alcohol is important in estimating calories, but so is the sweetness. As a rule, sweeter wines have more sugar which means more calories and carbs. That means sweet sparkling wines and Champagne should be avoided, as they typically can have about 180 calories per glass.

*Here's what Nutrisystem reviews say!

If you are looking to celebrate with some bubbly, look for brut nature varieties of Champagne, sparkling wine, and Cava (Spanish version of Champagne.)

Even though a bottle of wine doesn’t give you calories and carbs, we can make some estimates based on the “varietal,” or kind of wine.

Want to Know the Calories and Carbs in Wine?

We've done our homework and gathered a bunch of numbers for you to think about when it comes to the number of calories and carbs in a glass of wine.

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