I myself am a teetotaler.  But a study published today suggests that middle-aged women who drink low-moderate amounts of alcohol gained less weight and were less likely to become obese than non-drinkers.

Commentary in NY Times suggests:

…Although moderate drinking is associated with better heart health, regular drinking also increases breast cancer risk…

The trend toward less weight gain among drinkers doesn’t appear to hold true for men.

The link between consumption of red wine and less weight gain was particularly pronounced in the Archives study. Some studies have suggestedthat resveratrol, a compound present in grapes and red wine, appears to inhibit the development of fat cells and to have other antiobesity properties

In the weight loss journey, it is vital to find ways of reducing stress other than eating food.  I recommend exercise (especially aerobic exercises, such as biking, swimming, walking/jogging/running depending on your fitness level);  massage; activities with friends/family/loved ones; hobbies, etc.

What works for you to reduce stress in a healthy way?

Note, ladies:  LIGHT TO MODERATE!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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