Here is a question that has been floating around for years, but rarely answered…. Is wine going to hurt your weight loss progress, or help it? There is a lot of information on this and we are here to help you decipher it.

The Science

While one 2010 study found that women who had a couple of glasses daily were less likely to be overweight, other studies suggest that a compound in red grapes can help burn fat (but it may be lost in the winemaking process).

Pop Culture

TV shows like Scandal and The Good Wife gave a shiny halo to wine, with the lead (and lean) stars savouring heavy pours. We, as viewers, tend to mimic their habits, leading to more calories and lower inhibitions

Trend Data

Millennials make up one-third of the industry’s customers, and a demand for healthier vino has created a market boom for organic wine and resulted in new brands such as FitVine, which promises lower sugar and cals.

The Final Word

Alcohol, no matter the form, is still empty calories. And most wines pack about 120 of ’em per five ounces. What’s more, few people pour that slim of a serving. Like any indulgence, moderation is key. And if you’re drinking vino regularly, you’ll need to make room in your diet elsewhere, such as by skipping dessert, to maintain a healthy weight.