Wine Is Beautiful!

Red wine is healthy and effective 

Is The Red Wine Diet the best of all wine diets? It helps your heart and your physical appearance. It should result in some pounds lost for you over the next 365 days. In my case it was over 62 pounds over about two years. 

My 800+ days are up and that is why I decided to make this complete diet plan into a book. It worked for me. I hope to be updating my totals again when I go to the Doctors in the spring. 


As with every diet, no weight loss is guaranteed to work for you but it surely did work for me and more than likely, it will work for you. Please share the essence of this diet with your family physician to make sure the prescribed regimen will keep you healthy during your weight loss period. Best wishes in this most worthwhile endeavor. 

I love to remind the readers that I did not even know that I was losing weight until my doctor's scale in the fall 2013, presented me the facts. So, to find out why, I reviewed the last few months before my appointment to see what I had done differently. Whatever it was, I wanted to be able to keep it up. 

I have told you this story a few times already on this site and in the book. The most descriptive essay is presented in the classic article Wine Diets Basics. It is shown as Chapter 5 in the book version. 

You may want to read this classic chapter 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. Though I do not intend to try it myself, if you cannot drink red wine, you may also want to read the Red / Black Grape Juice Diet.  

Thank you for choosing the Red Wine Diet for it is certainly the healthiest diet of them all. For you to achieve the weight-loss benefits, you should stick to your favorite wine on this diet because, other than sweet wines, described below, they all should work for weight loss almost equally well. 

When you are part of the Red Wine Diet even though its sugar content for dry wine varieties is about 2.5 calories more than the Rose' / Blush Wine Diet and 5 calories more than the White Wine Diet , you are doing the best diet you can for your weight and for your health. The measuring stick for calories is a nice four ounce wine glass in all cases. 

For your edification I am including some information about blush / rose in this piece. Regardless of which wine diet you pick, you may like to know that "Blush" aka Rose' is a combination of red and white. Measured at the same sugar level, typically, four ounces of white wine have about five calories less than red wine. Red wine drinkers never have to worry about a mix of wines as do Blush Rose' drinkers. All things being equal, Blush is in the middle calorie–wise. 

Regarding mixing wines to make Rose' and other varieties, traditional wine producers would declare a sacrilege if wines of different colors were simply thrown together rather than following the "nobler" tradition of macerating red grapes for a few hours and bleeding off the blush/rose-tinted liquid. But, then again, I am not suggesting mixing or drinking. 

My point here is to show how to arrive at the calorie difference. Of course adding sugar to Blush/Rose' or any wine also increases the calories accordingly. Red wine has more body and so it costs us a few calories more. It's worth it. 

Any of the three wine diets and even the Red/Black Grape Juice Diet can help you lose weight at the same proportions as the wine diets. However, no other wine or juice diet affects your cholesterol count as positively as the Red Wine Diet and the Red / Black grape juice diet. 

Since this site and the book are about dieting and losing weight, as the German's say: Machs Nichts for weight loss. Enjoy a nice German Spatburgunder or your favorite Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet, or Malbec, or any of the other dry red wine variety you choose and lose as much weight as happens to come off. 

The good news my dear wine dieters is that you can drink your favorite wine or grape juice on this diet and still be a candidate to lose weight with a huge smile on your face. You do not have to drink the lower calorie white wine to lose weight. Red wine is just 5 calories more than white and just 2.5 calories more than a 4 oz. glass of Rose' / Blush. All wines can be very effective in losing weight. The dryer the wine within a category of red, white or blush, the fewer the calories from the wine itself. Of course since dry red grape juice has no alcohol it wins the low-calorie count hands down—but there is no fun factor. 

Go ahead, have that piece of cake! 

The quick snapshot of the diet is that you should follow the pages of this web site or the book with the agreement of your primary physician of course. You are permitted to break this diet many times over the course of the 365 day test drive. There are many days for you to make up for any failing. 

This is a long-term diet. The worst that will happen is that instead of say, a loss of 15 or twenty pounds, you may lose only ten or fifteen pounds. When you crave, to assure that you will stay true to your personal diet, I suggest that you take a brief binge but then come back after a few days. Hopefully the binge will make you more satisfied and you will be ready to continue. 

Do what you must to continue on the diet but, remember, no diet works if you leave it forever. 


If you make a fasting diet out of this (other than the wine or juice component, which is a diet requirement), then you probably should take some vitamins or the supplements your doctor recommends to support you with the challenges of your modified wine diet. 

To assure that you can maintain your health, especially if you have any concerns whatsoever, take this diet and your dinner plans based on this diet to your physician and get your personal diet approved for your use. That should be easy. Since WineDiets.Com cannot be responsible for your health whether you are on our diet or not, we recommend strongly that you consult your physician. It is her job.  

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 four main diets (Red, White, Rose'/Blush, and Red juice) are very similar and all depend on an understanding of the Wine Diets Basics  as presented on this site and in the last chapter. 

In essence, the Red Wine Diet asks you to eat just two meals a day and not to eat anything in-between meils other than vegetables and fruits -- in almost limitless quantities depending on the type of vegetable or fruit. The wine break at 6:00 PM is your third meal of the day and that is why you can get by with just two meals with food. 

The diet asks you to drink lots of water and a half bottle of Red or perhaps more at the happy hour part of each day -- 365 days a year. For me, I begin my wine consumption at 6:00 PM. 

With the Red Wine Diet, the wine should be mostly dry if possible but again, make sure you like the wine. Dry wine has less calories. 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 

Manischewitz or Moden David or Kedem sweet wines, or Niagara types, Moscato, Sweet French Columbard, Port, and other sweet whites / yellows are all sold in the PA State Stores and liquor / wine stores across the Country and the world. These are not recommended for wine dieters using the same rate of consumption as the three favorite wines. 

Other sweet wines called dessert wines are in the same boat. These do not qualify for the full impact of the Red Wine Diet but you can make adjustments to the quantity to compensate for the substantially higher calories in the sweet varieties. Since most people do not drink as much sweet wine as dry, the switch to sweet varieties may work fine. 

Semi-sweet red wines are not as bad as sweet but again, it is up to you to compensate. I thought you would like to see this nice picture of the Kedem Winery shown below. I have a soft spot for Kedem. Kedem is mostly known for great grape juice and sweet wines. Their tasting venue is quite elegant and they have both dry and sweet wines that are really fine. Just be careful with their delicious sweet varieties as all sweet wines add to the calorie count. Make sure you do not over-consume on wine calories. Kedem dry wines are very, very nice. 

In other words, if you 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 just as effective. Depending on your metabolism, you may even be able to get away with a good portion of the full bottle quotient for dry wines. It is up to you to make sure, of course, that you are not overly passionate about drinking lots of 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. Write your weight down every two weeks. After about two weeks on a sweet wine regimen weigh yourself to be sure that the diet is working for you.



 What about candy and cake? 

My recommendation would be that if possible, get rid of sweet candies and cakes almost completely in your wine diet. Sweets always add empty calories -- of course those Gertrude Hawk Chocolates we talk about at the end of this piece are an exception -- Don't we wish? Even though no sweet is an exception, the impact of the Gertrude Hawk Smidgeons has been accounted for in the three major wine diets and the grape juice diet. 

Sweet stuff must be managed 

Back as a child, my parents let me take my coffee as if it were a coffee milkshake. It was made with half milk and at least three heaping T-spoons of sugar to give it an OK taste for child consumption. So, I ask those thinking of sweet wines to consider that under these circumstances I did gain weight as a child and young teen. Until Iwas fourteen, my waist line always was the biggest in the class. 

When I got older and into my college years, I eventually lessened the impact of coffee calories by putting just a thimble full of milk in my coffee and I reduced the amount of sugar from three to 1/4 teaspoons. Finally I was able to completely eliminate sugar from my coffee. 

Yet, I still gained weight but it was not because of the coffee. In my case in my early twenties, I discovered my new favorite liquid. I can rightfully blame excessive beer drinking for my weight gain. Watch beer consumption as it can ruin the full impact of any of the wine diets. When I stopped drinking beer excessively more than twenty years ago, I kept gaining weight but not so rapidly. I was not paying attention. By the time I began the wine diet, my beer consumption was limited to parties and major summer holidays. 

When the mirror stopped lying to me, I would always do something. But, until the wine diet, I could never lose more than 20 or so pounds at a time…and it came back quickly and a few extra pounds always came with it. 

Things happen to us over our lives. Our metabolism begins to decrease while our unwillingness to eliminate things from 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 all the time and never tried t lose weight. That's just how it was for me. That's how I woke up one day at 343 pounds, and the mirror had stopped lying. 

How I lost 62 pounds on the Wine Diet 

Sometime in the summer of 2013, I don't even know exactly when or why, but with little thought, I began to eat consciously and differently. I was hoping to gain no more weight. I feared hitting 400 pounds which I felt was the point of no return. I did lost confidence from so many tries at losing weight and coming up empty. After sixty-years old, when I could no longer lose any weight, the thought of staying the same without gaining, sounded pretty good to me. 

I was beginning to feel huge and I thought that I could do nothing about it other than stop drinking beer and wine completely and starving forever. I really did not think anything that I could do would help me lose weight for the long haul. Though I am an upbeat guy, I did feel a bit doomed by my plight. 

Finally, without really tuning in to what was happening. I began to lose weight. I did not realize it because it was coming off so slowly. I could not tell that I was losing weight and I was blinded to the fact since I am such a poor dieter and I was not really trying to lose weight – just stay the same. 

It was not until my early October 2013 Doctor's appointment that I found that I had been losing real weight. I was surprised that I had lost 9 pounds. My belt holes were the same and I had not added any new holes but my pants were just a bit looser. 

So, I went back and charted what I had been doing. I kept on the regimen without writing it down looking for continual positive results. In spring 2014, at the doctor's office again, I found that I had lost another 6 pounds. I had gotten through Thanksgiving, the Christmas holidays and the Dago Red wine season and had still lost six pounds. The wine diet had become second nature to me. It was not burdensome. I had not named my routine or thought about a formal diet at the time. It was all ad-hoc and it worked.  

In October 2014, I checked in again at the doctor's office. This time, I had a fourteen pound loss. I was living naturally by the diet now and I had added some walking to the mix—but not an awful lot of walking in the 2014 summer months.  

However, I was starting to believe that I had something that worked for me and could work for others. Around this time, I built the WineDiets.Com web site and began to tell the story in articles such as this on the web site.  

In April 2015 at the semi-annual doctor's visit, I was looking for a really, really big loss. I had three losses in a row and was ready to be uplifted. Unfortunately, on this semi-annual visit, I learned that even my new Wine Diet is not magical. I lost zero pounds. I was upset for a while but upon reflection, I definitely do know why it was a bad weigh-in.  

In most prior years, I would have gained ten pounds or more with the holidays and my Dago Red wine consumption. Please see Chapter 11 of this book or the article on the Web site titled "Dago Red: World's Best Wine" Then, you too will know why I lost no pounds in my April 2015 doctors' office weigh-in.    

Once the Dago Red was long gone, I could feel myself losing weight again. I found some older jeans that fit once again and I added more holes to my belts. During the Dago Red off-season, I switched to Pennsylvania-grown Chambourcin red wine from Benigna Creek Winery in Klingerstown, PA. It is great. 

To keep wine consumption expenses down, when I am not looking for the best red, such as Chambourcin, I use some of the California Box wines or gallon jugs of Carlo Rossi Cabernet. The calorie and alcohol count, fullness and body are minimal compared to the home-made varieties, but then again, it is about 40% of the price of dago red. Moreover, its overall impact helped me lose weight. Even though it is not really that bad, cheaper bulk wines simply do not make me want to drink as much as I would with Dago Red. 

This fall in early October 2015 at the Doctor's office, I was tickled. It was make-up time for sure. I lost a staggering 22 pounds. So, altogether, adding the 9 lbs. to the 6lbs. to the 14lbs. to the 0 lbs. to the 22 pounds, I had lost 51 pounds. I hope I never find them and I stay healthy. Wealthy and wise would also be nice, but I would be very happy with simply healthy. 

That's not the end of the loss. By the time I finished this book in December 2015, I weighed myself again. I did not have the doctor's scale available but I have a pretty good scale and it is now in pretty good synch with the doctor's scale. I had lost another 11 pounds.  

So, now as I finish this book, my weight bogey is 281.6 pounds. I am finally a 281.6 pound weakling and proud of it. That my dear WineDiet.Com friends, is down from 343—a spectacular 62 pound loss rounding up. 

This great weight loss over 2+ years was the motivation for me to take the WineDiets.Com web site and create a book from it. At the same time, I updated my personal weight-loss experience on the web site. Thank you all for sharing in my joy. 



The Diet Part of the Red Wine Diet


Now that we got through all the when's, where's, and why's, let's discuss the what's and how's. As we are about to reveal the secrets of the infamous Red Wine Diet, be advised again that you should be able to use white or red or blush / rose' wines or red / black grape juice and still have the same fine results. 

There are separate articles about each of these wine diets on the web site and in the book. Each wine diet chapter (white, red, grape juice, blush / rose') is like this one on red wine. They are all complete so you need only read about the diet that you choose. Skip the other chapters if they do not apply. 

They are self-contained essays. They are not identical but they contain all of the facts that apply to specific diets and all of the facts that pertain to all diets. If you read every diet, you may get bored but if your read just the diet chapter that you choose to engage, it will be very convenient for you 

As discussed previously, there is a chapter / web site article preceding this one that describes the generic attributes of all the wine diets. It is called "Wine Diet Basics." So that you do not have to go back to this article for a perspective, I borrowed some of its text, touched it up a bit, and put it in each wine diet chapter / article. For example, in this particular chapter / article, I tuned the text to be more appropriate for the Red Wine Diet. 

When thinking of your meal contents with the Red Wine Diet it helps to consider the few rules in the Wine Diet Basics to help make sure that your diet is successful. One key item is noted immediately below: 

In Between Meals 

Remember that in-between meals, you may have fresh fruits and / or vegetables, but as a rule do not have another full meal. When you enjoy your raw vegetables, eat as many as you want with the smallest amount of dip. Some raw hard raw vegetables burn up more calories than they add. Eat as much as you like of these and then some. Remember that I went through several months of my first summer without even watching my weight, while on the Red Wine Diet. I lost weight anyway. The diet guides you on a path to weight loss. 

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 or so
  • Wine Diet Wine Time 6:00 PM or so
  • Wine Diet Dinner Time 8:00 PM or so
  • Final Treat of the Day -- After Dinner before bed 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 other 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, however. I do not recommend it as I do not have results yet to see if it works. I can't see why it would not work for certain people. 

Wine Diet Breakfast / Lunch (Brunch) Time 12:00 Noon or so 

For the breakfast / lunch combination (Brunch) always have a drink such as coffee or tea. Try not to put a lot of cream or sugar in either. Water or a light sugar drink can also be used. Orange juice or a fruit juice mixed with 3/4 way or more with water helps reduce your calorie intake if you do not like tea or coffee. 

Drink: coffee, tea, fruit drink, skim milk. Make sure sugar is light. Splurge seldom. 

Breakfast / Lunch Staples—Eat just one meal: Choose one: 

  • 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 whenever you need it, have a piece of pound cake or banana cake or something really good to make you feel 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. All parts of Brunch should add up to one meal.
  • Now, since this meal occurs at noon, we can consider ourselves as having had Brunch. As long as it fits on a reasonably small to medium sized plate.


Wine Diet Wine Time 6:00 PM or so 


Get yourself a nice dry Red Wine as discussed above and keep getting glasses of them until about 8 PM.  Four to six ounce sized glasses are best. When you don't have a need to go get one more of these fine beverages; wait a bit of time but when you are ready for 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. The psychology of a small plate is effective in losing weight. Then, fill the plate up with whatever it is you choose to eat from the type of selections outlined below. offers this great perspective on losing weight simply by using a smaller plate: 

"You can drop 18 pounds this year just by changing plates, according to the Small Plate Movement. Start with a plate that's between 9 and 10 inches in diameter, closer to the size of your grandmother's china." 

It is best to limit meat / fish 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 piece of meat / fish on this small/medium plate.

Remember the cardinal rule: If you feel like you are starving and you can't do this wine diet thing anymore, you are trying too hard. Sometimes six months just gives you six pounds of loss but you are living all the while, and you are eating and drinking quite well. So, adjust the diet to suit you. Binge for a while but come back. You can win this one if you do not give up.  

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 your dinner. Just a little space between food types. The reason most of us lose weight in a hospital is because there are so many items but none are excessive. 

Yes, you can eat more but after one nice plate try not to stuff yourself unless you cannot stand it and must eat more. Eat slowly and it will fill you up before you have time for a second plate.  A helpful way to become full is to have a glass or two of water before your meal and before leaving the table. Once you eat—no more wine for the day… unless you are going out. 

Hopefully, you will be able to get by most days without "not being able to stand it." It may help to remember the recommended Gertrude Hawk's Dark Chocolate Smidgeon is very satisfying at the end of the day before bed. 

You may find that just paying attention to your weight helps pave the way for weight loss; but admittedly it can be frustrating. The objective here is to not pay attention every day and just lose weight by following the directions. 

Meats, Fish, Fowl & other Dinner Items! 

When 8 o'clock PM comes or you are really ready to eat after finishing your day's wine, go ahead and eat your dinner slowly, and enjoy it. Do not speed eat and do not chinch. Depending on the time, you may wish to have another wine rather than eat right away. That is OK! 

When ready to eat; go ahead. It helps to have a lot of parts to your dinner meal as you fill up along the way. Have a light soup and a salad with lots of stuff such as other vegetables and some fruits and nuts but not an especially fattening dressing. In other words, look at the calories of the dressing and most of the time, pick something like a balsamic vinegar or a light dressing but every now and then let loose and have that Blue Cheese or Ranch. 

Sometimes I will put some blue cheese dressing (heavy hitter) on half of my salad and balsamic vinegar on the other half. Have a nice slice of bread or two. When I am not compelled to have ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing or any other creamy variety, I may choose to pile salsa or a relish like chili sauce 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. Use your physician as a consultant. We do not claim to be doctors. We do not know the medical facts as a doctor does. A doctor may tell you to do something other than that prescribed by this plan. Listen to your doctor or try to convince the doctor that your way may work. 

Overall the rule is to listen to your doctor and not the plan. But, if like me, you have had a difficult time losing weight, this wine diet should be good for you. It would help if you wrote down your meal contents and the time of day when you ate and share this information with your physician. 

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 and soup. Put your meat and vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots) and pasta (potatoes, beans, light pasta salad) on the same plate unless you are having some spaghetti or a similar pasta. This would be better on its own plate. 

Enjoy dinner and enjoy the night. Along with a nice dinner a few pieces of bread with some but not much butter always helps it all seem better. You may also have a small to medium sized dessert and some more coffee or tea to top off the meal. 

When you have finished eating whatever food that you feel is good for you at dinner time, check to see if you are satisfied. You should at least not feel hungry. When you feel OK, after about an hour of TV or whatever you need—no limit—go to bed and enjoy your night's sleep. 

If you feel heavy before retiring for the evening, please consider an Alka-Seltzer. They sure help my wife Pat and I when we overeat or eat too close to bed time. 

Retirees often stay up later than when they are fully engaged in the workplace. My beautiful wife Pat and I like to watch a few programs on our way to sleep. Then, at 11:30 PM we watch Perry Mason together and often we get through the whole show before we fall asleep. Pat is still slim so she does not need a regimen such as the WineDiet.Com formula; but she often chooses to have a wine or two at 6:00 PM to keep her husband company and of course for the health benefits. 

Regardless, the eating on this diet is always without regret. When you go to something special such as a wedding, or a birthday party or a happy hour once or twice 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 your chosen Red Wine Diet. You won't lose weight fast but you sure should lose it steady. 

I try not to overeat at dinner but I do want to be filled. I have learned over the years what overeating feels like when trying to go to sleep… You know too! Overeating makes it tough to go to sleep. In my case, I make sure that I am filled just enough to push away from the table. 

I list a dessert above but do not recommend a dessert with dinner. However, if you must have dessert, go ahead and see how it works out for you. Think about keeping it small. My wife likes a small dip of ice cream or sherbet after dinner. Sometimes I join her.


Final Treat of the Day!


Once you have completed your "diet" day and you are getting ready to go off into the sleepy sunset, according to how I practice the wine diet-- the one in which I have lost 62 pounds so far, you are encouraged to enjoy two Smidgens from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. Pop one in at a time and enjoy it for a while. Then pop the other. This should be at the end of the night before you go to bed. 

You may do this either before or after you watch some good TV such as ME TV! If you fall asleep before having the candy, that is OK. Don’t make it up the next day. If you find a chocolate stain on your pillow, you'll know you fell asleep before you finished your Smidgeons. 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 Gertrude Hawk sample picture of small little "Clauses.": 


Gertrude Hawk Smidegeons –MMMMMM!!!


In the past two years, 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 evening. I try to keep it at one but two works fine, and sometimes three is necessary. Yes, when necessary, I have had four. 

Since Smidgens are so good, any of us can probably eat ten or twenty at a sitting but our diet would not work and we would continually be buying new belts. I like dark chocolate as it has special health benefits. I am almost always happy with one or two Smidgens but I do cheat every now and then and I go for a third. 

There is 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. What a great way to end a great day. 

In my nightly retinue, at one time, my Smidgeon mix included one Smidgen of dark chocolate with nuts, and the other was just solid 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 as America-friendly. They no longer make their chocolates in the US. They make them in Mexico. Smidgens are made in Pennsylvania. 

Enough about chocolates 

When you have had your final treat of the day, you can feel free to sign off 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 diet-wise happens overnight even though we all weigh somewhat less in the morning. 

Once you have convinced yourself that you have lost a few pounds, and your particular Wine-Diet is working; stop the checking. Don't check the scales daily anymore! Check your belt once a month or come up with some other way of getting a clue that this almost mindless diet is working for you. God bless you always! 

Nothing worth having in life is easy. Enjoy your weight loss struggle. 

By the way, each and every day and night, after you finish following the plan, most of you will eventually go to sleep. That, in and of itself is a treat. Knowing that you are knocking off some pounds, makes your sleep even more sweet. 

You may know that W C Fields once said, that sleep "is the most wonderful experience in life; except for drink." 

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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