The Red Wine Diet should result in some pounds lost for you over the next 365 days. In my case it was over 40 pounds. My 365 days are not up yet so I may be updating my total in the next month or so. The weight loss is not guaranteed to work for you but, then again, I don't know you and you don't know me.
I did not even know that I was losing weight until my doctor's scale presented to me the facts. So, I went back through my year to find what I had done differently so that whatever it was, I could keep it up.
I have told you this story a few times already on this site. The most descriptive essay is presented in the winediets.com classic article Wine Diets Basics. Please read this classic before you read the rest of this article as it has the theory, the rationale, and the implementation directives for the wine diet of your choice -- Red, White, or Rose/Blush.
Thank you for choosing the Red Wine Diet for it is the healthiest. It is my favorite and it is the one I used. Any of the other wine diets help you lose weight at the same proportions but none of the others affect your cholesterol count as well as the Red Wine Diet. Since this site is about dieting and losing weight, as the German's say: Machs Nichts!
So, the good news is that you can drink your favorite wine on this diet and be a candidate to lose weight with a smile on your face. You do not have to drink red wine to lose weight.
The quick snapshot of the diet is that you should do nothing else than what is on these pages. However, you can break this diet many times over the course of the 365 days. When you crave, take a brief binge but come back after a few days.
If you make a fasting diet out of this (other than the red wine that is a rewuirement), then you probably should take some vitamins or any supplements to support you with the challenges of the. If you have any concerns whatsoever, take the diet to your physician and get it approved for your use. That should be easy. Since WIne Diets cannot be responsible for your health whether you are on our diet or not, we recommend strongly that you consult your physician.
Most adults know they cannot just eat meats or just eat starches or just drink wine or just eat vegetables so you do not need me to tell you that. Our three main diets (red, white, and rose'/blush) are very similar and all depend on an understanding of the Wine Diets Basics as presented on this site.
In essence, the Red Wine Diet asks you to eat two meals a day and not eat in between mails other than for vegetables and fruits -- in almost limitless quantities. It asks you to drink a full bottle of wine or less at the happy hour part of each day -- 365 days a year.
With the Red Wine Diet, the wine should be mostly dry. A Zinfandel, a Merlot, A Cabernet, a Malbec, or any of the other dry red wine varieties will do you well.
Caveats Regarding Sweet Wine and Dieting with Sweets in General
Danish Cherry, or Manischewitz or Moden David Sweet Red Wines, which are sold in PA State Stores, and the great sweet cooking wine Marsala are not recommended for dieters at the same rate of consumption. Other sweet wines from manufacturers such as Kedem or dessert wines do not qualify for the Red Wine Diet unless adjustments are made. Semi-sweet are not as bad but please compensate. I thought you would like to see this nice picture of the Kedem Winery. It is pretty elegant. Just watch some of their sweet varieties. Theirr drys are very nice.
In other words, if you can check out the calorie content of any sweet or semi-sweet wines and you adjust your intake so that you are within the calorie range of the dry reds, your diet can be as effective. Depending on your metabolism, you may eve be able to get away with a good portion of the full bottle quotient for dry wines. Make sure, of course, that you are not overly passionate about drinking lotsa sweet wine or I regret to say, you run the risk of actually gaining weight. Weigh yourself at the beginning of your diet on a reliable and consistent scale, use that for every weigh in you may plan. After about two weeks on a sweet wine regimen weigh yourself to see if it is working.
If possible, my recommendation would be to get rid of the sweet wine in your diet Sweets always add empty calories -- of course those Gertrude Hawk Chocolates are an exception -- Don't we wish?
Back as a child, my parents let me take my coffee as if it were a milkshake. It was made with half milk and at least three T-spoons of sugar to make it OK for child consumption So, I ask those thinking of sweet wines to consider that under these circumstances I gained weight. I eventually lessened the impact by putting a thimble full of milk in my coffee and after reducing the amount of sugar from three to 1/2 teaspoons full, I was able to completely eliminate sugar from my coffee.
Yet, I still gained weight but not because of the coffee. In my case I can rightfully blame excessive beer drinking. When I stopped drinking beer excessively, I kept gaining weight but not so rapidly. A few things happen to us over our lives. Our metabolisms decreasing while our willingness to eliminate things from my our diet increases. Unfortunately, in my case, I gained weight for most of my life in small increments but I did not gain as much as I would have if I had given in to all urges. That's just how it was for me. At the beginning of this year, I don;t even know why, I just began to eat differently hoping to gain no more weight. Finally, I began to lose weight even though at first I did not realize it because it was coming off so slow and I was not really trying to lose weight.
The Diet Part of The Red Wine Diet
As we are about to reveal the infamous Red Wine Diet, be advised that you should be able to use white wine or blush / rose wines and have the same fine results. There are Separate articles on these wine types in this menu.
So you do not always have to go back to the Wine Diet Basics article, I borrowed some text and I touched it up a bit to make it more appropriate for the Red Wine Diet.
When thinking of meal contents with the Red Wine Diet it helps to consider the few rules in the Wine Diet Basics to make sure your diet is successful. One key item is noted immediately below:
Remember that in between meal time you can have fresh fruits and / or vegetables, but as a rule do not have another full meal. When you have raw vegetables, eat as many as you want with the smallest amount of dip. Remember that I went through the whole summerwithout even watching and I lost weight anyway.
Here are the basic notions of your daily diet:
The key elements of the Wine diet on a daily basis are as follows:
Wine Diet Breakfast / Lunch (Brunch) Time 12:00 Noon
Wine Diet Wine Time 6:00 PM or so
Wine Diet inner Time 8:00 PM or so
Final Treat of the Day -- After Dinner some time!
Relax and watch some TV
Time for sleep
For very early risers, you might find it more comfortable to have your brunch at some time between ten o'clock and noon, and begin your wine time and dinner time earlier if you choose. It is not how I did it so although I do not recommend it, I can;t see why it would not work for certain people.
Wine Diet Breakfast / Lunch (Brunch) Time 12:00 Noon or so
For breakfast always have a drink like coffee or tea. Try not to put a lot of cream or sugar in either. Orange juice mixed with water helps reduce your calorie intake if you do not like tea or coffee.
Drink: coffee, tea, fruit drink, skim milk
Staples: two eggs, lightly buttered toast, sausage patty or ham, corned beef hash, or a few pieces of well drained bacon. Hamburg, Tuna, ham, roast beef or turkey sandwich or a chef salad easy on heavy dressings... your choice.
Occasionally, substitute some french toast or two pancakes
Occasionally, add a donut or a muffin and of course some jelly for your toast. A small desert for the lunch part of brunch is appropriate.
Eat as much fruit or vegetables as you want with small amounts of toppings or dips that are not huge in the calorie department.
Rarely but when you need it, have a piece of pound cake or banana cake or something really good.
Two times a week have some home fries if you like
Yes, it is OK to have sausage, bacon or ham or a combo as long as you do not go overboard. But, remember this is not the Atkins diet so watch your total meat consumption.
Now, since this meal occurs at noon, we can consider ourselves as having had brunch. As long as it fits on a
Wine Diet Wine Time 6:00 PM or so
Get yourself a nice dry red wine or other red wine as discussed above and keep getting glasses of them until about 8 PM. When you don't have a need to go get one more of these fine beverages, wait a bit of time but when you need your next wine, go get it.
Wine Diet Dinner Time 8:00 PM or so
Take a look at your dinner plate. If it is a big plate when empty, consider using a smaller plate that is also empty to begin your dinner hour. Then, fill it up with whatever it is you choose to eat. It is best to limit meat quantities to about 4 ounces but please note that I did not do this and I still lost weight. When all is said and done, it will help you to use the small plate and have just one big plate on such a small plate.
Your dinner meals should consist of some protein (meat, fish, fowl), some vegetables (salad, peas, green beans, etc.), some starch (beans, potatoes, pasta) etc. Fix up any kind of meat or your type of protein if you are a vegetarian. Make sure there is some space on your plate before you begin to eat dinner. Yes, you can eat more but after one nice plate try not to stuff yourself unless you can't stand it. Hopefully, you will be able to get by most days without "not being able to stand it." Sometimes just paying attention to your weight helps you lose weight, but it can be frustrating. The objective here is to not pay attention and just lose weight by following the directions.
About Meats, Fish, Fowl and Other Dinner Items!
When 8 o'clock comes or you are really ready to eat some time before this, go ahead and eat your dinner and enjoy it. Do not chinch. Some may wish to have another wine rather than eat right away. That is OK! When ready, go ahead and have a salad with lots of stuff other than an especially fattening dressing. Sometimes I will put some blue cheese dressing (heavy hitter) on half of my sald and balsamic vinegar on the other half. Have a nice big slice of bread or two. When i am not compelled to have ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing or a creamy variety, I may choose to pile salsa or a lo-cal dressing on top of a green salad. I like to assure that half of the salad is baby spinach leaves because they have lots more nutrition than plain greens. Mmmmm!!! Spinach of course is not a meat no matter how good it is. The salad should be in its own bowl, not on your dinner plate.
Check out your own protein intake to make sure you do not hurt your health on your particular Wine Diet. We do not claim to be doctors and a doctor may tell you to do something other than that prescribed by this plan. But, if like me, you can't lose weight, this wine diet should be good for you. Feel free to write down what and when you you eat and share it with your physician.
So, for protein, eat whatever you like as your main course for supper (dinner) after you have had your wine for two hours and you have enjoyed your salad. Put your meat and vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, corner) and pasta (potatoes, beans, pasta) on the same plate unless you are having some spaghetti or a similar pasta. Feel free to put that on its own plate. Enjoy dinner and enjoy the night. Along with a nice dinner a few pieces of bread always help it all seem better.
When you are finished eating whatever food that you feel is good for you at dinner time, see if you are satiated. You should be. When you feel OK, after about an hour of TV or whatever you need, go to bed and enjoy your night's sleep. If you feel heavy before retiring for the evening, consider an Alka Seltzer.
Pat and I like to watch a few programs on our way to sleep and then at 11:30 PM we watch Perry Mason and often we get through the whole show before we fall asleep. Regardless, the eating on this diet is without regret. When you go to something special such as a wedding, or a birthday party or happy hour once a week, enjoy yourself again without regret. Don't skimp. As a rule stay on the diet but on special occasions, enjoy yourself. It will give you more incentive to stick with the Red Wine Diet.
I try not to overeat at dinner but I do want to be filled. Overeating makes it tough to go to sleep. In my case, I make sure that I am filled enough to push away from the table.
I do not recommend a dessert with dinner but if you must have one go ahead and see how it works out for you. Think about keeping it small. My wife likes a small dip of ice cream after dinner.
Final Treat of the Day!
Once you have completed your day and you are getting ready to go off into the sleepy sunset, according to how I practice of the wine diet-- the one in which I have lost 40 pounds so far, you can enjoy two Smidgens from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates at the end of the night before you go to bed. Do this either before or after you watch some good TV such as ME TV! If you fall asleep before the candy, that is OK. If you find a chocolate stain on your pillow, you'll know you feel asleep in process. If you find a huge chocolate stain in your hand when you wake up, you probably do not need the chocolates. Good night Sweet Pea!
Check out Smidgens of all kinds in this small sample of small little "Clauses.":
In the past year, more unconsciously than consciously, I rarely ate between meals and almost every night, I had a dark chocolate Smidgen or two or three to cap off the night. Since Smidgens are so good, any of US can eat ten or twenty at a sitting but we would continually be buying new belts. I like dark chocolate as it has special health benefits. I was almost always happy with two or three Smidgens but I did cheat every now and then by pretending I did not have any. There was rarely a chocolate stain on my pillow or a chocolate stain in my hand in the morning. They are that good. I don't think I could have lost any weight if I had hit double digits on the Smidgens. Yet, I was tickled to have the boxes available even though my daily portion was meager.
My adult children love them also and the miniature people (I call them the munchkinettis -- grand nieces, grand nephews) in the family also love them intensely. And, few of them need the diet weight makeover that I did.
In my nightly retinue, one Smidgen was dark chocolate with nuts, and the other was just dark chocolate. I am sure that a few Hershey miniatures would do the same trick but I do not like recommending them because Hershey is no longer America-friendly. They no longer make their chocolates in the US. They make them in Mexico where I hope the water is always good. Gertrude Hawks is in good ole Pennsylvania in the Good ole USA.
For you chocolate lovers on a diet who are also great Americans, I add this little tidbit from candyblog.net right here -- they aughta know: "The big difference in the packaging is easy to spot. The American made [Hershey] version was mostly clear so the mixture was easy to see and the center of the package had the brand and product information. The new Mexican made version is yellow and extremely easy to spot on the shelf. It’s still consistent with Hershey’s branding, but now opaque so no way to tell if the bag was light or heavy on a particular variety you liked."
Enough about chocolates
When you have had your final treat of the day, you can feel free to sign off winediets.com and resume your normal life. But, don't sign off for too long. I hope you come back online each and every morning to help remind yourself that you can do it as long as you follow the regimen. Nothing good happens overnight.
Don't check the scales daily. Check your belt once a month or some other way of getting a clue that this almost mindless diet is working for you. God bless you.
By the way, each and ever day and night, after you finish following the plan, most of you, including me, I suspect, will eventually go to sleep. That, in and of itself is a treat. Knowing that you are knocking of some lbs. makes the sleep even more sweet.
You may know that W C Fields once said, that sleep "is the most wonderful thing in life, except for drink."
So, any good diet depends on you getting your share of good sleep.
Go ahead and get your ZZZZZZZzzzzzzsssssssssss. You deserve them
Amen to all wine diets' brothers and sisters!
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