How to enjoy a great wine without putting on weight
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Here is the map for a drinking diet. Giving up some cakes it is possible to enjoy a great wine without exaggerating in the amount ( 141 gr). It is a lot more difficult to continue drinking spirits while on a diet especially Whiskey and Gin which go over 100 calorie even with a very minute serving. The surprise comes from beer which makes you put on weight more than wine; with the same amount it is possible to reach even 175 calories. For those watching the scales Lager, Stout and especially Ale must be avoided, Ale is a real caloric bomb.
The subject has been studied in detail by Fiorenzo Sartore from Intravino, is study is one of the most intriguing.
Among dieticians there is a great majority of pro-wine enthusiasts captained by Giorgio Calabrese, TV personality and so enthusiastic about wine to be President of ONAV – Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Vino.
So it is not the nutritionists who are against wine, even though they do point out that wine does become a problem for your weight when too much is consumed: a bottle contains the same calories as a dish of spaghetti with a meat sauce (700) but it also has another characteristic: alcohol is used up straight away as Energy while the other foods, – fats of carbohydrates-get transformed into fat. The result is an excess in weight.
The solution is to drink a small amount, and to be able to do so is to learn “how to drink”: to take a sip at a time, and then swallow slowly, like a real wine taster. Only in this way is tit possible to reduce the amount but still maintain the pleasure.