Battle of the Fermented Grape
Most of the clients I work with are female and awesome. They are working with Get You In Shape because they would like to lose weight, feel better in the skin they are in and make a difference.
Through many conversations with these clients, one of their biggest battles with making good nutrition choices is the evening wine. For many it’s just what they do every night. It is a way to unwind from a crazy day, it is a cozy comfort habit, it is something they enjoy doing with their spouse. Nothing is wrong with any of these reasons. If you fall into this category of enjoying a glass of wine most nights of the week I am not going to ask you why you do, how many glasses you have or if you think it might be too much.
What I am going to ask is that if you have a weight loss goal…this routine glass of wine is something that needs to go. It is a sad but necessary truth. On average, wine has about 25 calories per ounce. So a six ounce serving is 150 calories. Anyone out there having just one glass of 6 ounces??? I am going to go out on a limb here and say no…
For the sake of argument, let’s say you are having two 6 ounce glasses of wine 3x a week. That is 300 calories of non-nutritive fluids. Not food, not snacks, not a protein source…it falls in the devastating category of empty calories. And it’s happening 3 times a week. 900 calories that are giving you no physical benefit (none that outweighs that many calories)
Are you trying to lose 10 pounds? 15? 50? Yeah…cutting this out for the next 3, 6, 9, 12 months (chose a number that doesn’t cause you to hyperventilate) is something that could give you some great headway in your journey.
Just breaking this habit alone. What about me? With a 37 pound weight loss in 9 months I can tell you I have had to watch my wine (or any alcohol content for that matter). It is very infrequent and I really need to justify if it is worth it. Other than the caloric component of having a drink, I get up early to workout or train 5 mornings a week. So that reason also tips the scales into the “not worth it” column.
This information may have some of you in freak out mode and for others it won’t be too hard. For those of you not wanting to break this form of comfort, maybe think about why you enjoy it or think you need it so much. I get it. I have 5 young kids ages 7 and under. There are a couple weeknights a week where my husband is not home for the dinner and bedtime song and dance. During those times wine sounds like the best invention in the whole wide world! But I still have my goals, I still need to get up early in the morning and to be honest…I would need two glasses of possibly more than 6 ounces each in order to arrive at the level of chill that I desire. So I typically just suck it up and take care of the kids with a little less smiling, but we get through it.
There was a time when I had the first three kids. Elliott was 3, Mary 2 and Faith not even one. I was getting in a habit of having a drink to get through the bath time and dinner scene. After a few days, I found myself pouring a drink and thought to myself…if I need some sort of self-medication in order to take care of my kids…something is very wrong here. Something for me to think about and I was able to make a change that very day…probably after I finished my beverage.
If you are not on a journey of intentional weight loss, then this schpeel is not for you. But if you feel like you are eating right and exercising…but still having that wine at night…something is wrong here. The excess caloric intake of a regular glass(es?) of wine will absolutely undo all the good you have done all day. There are cute and funny t-shirt that say “Will Workout for Wine”. It’s funny but not true. You cannot exercise your way out of poor food and drink choices. It stinks but it is the truth. You need to make having a glass of wine a treat or a celebration of some kind. I think you will be surprised that after the first few days…you are going to be ok J. Possibly a little more cranky, but when you can fit into that pair of jeans or that awesome dress much sooner…IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!
Once you arrive at your goal (I am so close!) then it is definitely worth celebrating!!! But don’t drink your way back to your old habits and find you have put 10 pound back on due to some perfectly fermented grapes finding their way into your body every night. You need to find a new you and a new way of relaxing, winding down, spending time with your spouse or whatever reason it is you enjoy your wine every night.
The lighter and one size down lady will thank you.
Written by Coppell personal Trainer Cynthia Linder, Co-owner of Get You In Shape
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