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Drink Your Calories and Look Great While Doing It.

March 10, 2010

WebMD promotes drinking alcohol?  Today on this most-trusted-medical-advice -website, an article featured a report finding women (and men) who drink a MODERATE amount of wine, beer – and/or cosmos, have an easier time keeping their weight in control.  Another reason to toast moderation!

Here’s an expert of the article:

Normal weight women who drank alcohol in moderation were less likely than women who didn’t drink at all to become overweightor obese over more than a dozen years of follow-up.

Those who drank the equivalent of one to two drinks a day — be it beer, wine, or liquor — were 30% less likely than non-drinkers to become overweight or obese.

The study was conducted by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital; it’s published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Study co-researcher Howard S. Sesso, ScD, MPH, cautions that people who do not drink alcohol should not take up the habit to keep from gaining weight.

“That would not be a good idea,” he says. “But for women who already drink in moderation, this can be seen as encouraging. Alcohol has traditionally been thought of as empty calories, but in this study light to moderate drinking was associated with less weight gain, not more.”

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