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Editor’s note: Article by Guest blogger Mandi Gelsen, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
The TRUTH on the Health Benefits of Red Wine—or Lack There of:
“One Glass of Red Wine is Equivalent to an Hour in the Gym”
“Is Red Wine Actually Good for You”
“4 Health Benefits of Red Wine”
Yes, my friends. You know you’ve seen those posts casually embedded in your Facebook newsfeeds more often than not. Your wine-o friends or acquaintances will desperately find any way possible to take the easy way out of “being healthy.” After all, I would know, I love wine. However, if that first headline is true and one glass of wine is equivalent to an hour in the gym…then why don’t I have a six pack by now? Most people are probably wondering that, actually.
The answer is simple. Those titles up there…they’re false. I KNOW, I KNOW. I’m sorry to be the downer in this situation. I love wine so much that if I didn’t have a full-time job that I love and a family on the east coast, I would literally move to Napa or Sonoma…or Italy…or wherever the wine was.
So let’s break it down real quick. What about wine isn’t actually GOOD for you? Let’s review the nutrition facts. (1) a serving of red wine is equivalent to 5 fl oz. There’s about 125 calories in (1) serving. No protein, about 4 grams of carbs (give or take), no fat, pretty low on the sugar spectrum, and no additional “beneficial” nutrients. Ever heard of “empty calories”…unfortunately that applies in this situation. Red wine does not actually provide the body with anything useful. Just look at the nutrition facts on any bottle. Most will read the same or similar.
So just drink more wine right? Well, no, not really. To fully get the benefits of the antioxidant resveratrol, you would need to supplement with it to get a higher, more concentrated dose.
Now that we’ve cracked that shell of a rumor that started many years ago, let’s just touch on how this rumor even came to be. It’s quite entertaining, really.
A hypothesis created a while back stated that since the French drink so much wine, it had to be directly correlated to their lower rates of cardiovascular disease, regardless of the fact that much of the food in France is high in fat. Sadly, there’s no scientific evidence to provide proof of such a hypothesis.
At the end of the day, the people who have the dream physiques we all lust after are not spending their days sipping on vino (but wouldn’t it be SO COOL if they were?). They’re exercising and eating in moderation. The tried and tested way for effective weight and fat loss.
But, best believe, if a wine is created that can substitute one hour in the gym…sign me up!
Recipe serves 1 person.
Recipe is for 2 servings, so eat one half and save the rest for later!
Epic Bodybuilding Meal Prep (Gran Prep de Comidas para Culturistas)
Muscle Muffin! This is better than McDonald’s and #uoeno! Start your morning off right and take 15-minutes to cook yourself breakfast. MAKE TIME. Boom.
TIP: use your #mealprep ingredients to make #breakfast.
Surf and Turf Muscle Kabobs! Swordfish steak & flank steak with cherry tomatoes and yellow bell peppers, with a spinach & cucumber salad with sesame vinaigrette.
Egg baked avocado, egg whites, skillet grilled red potatoes. Boom.
Sweet & Spicy chicken kabob with rainbow quinoa. Meal in 15-minutes.
Post-workout cardio meal: the Fit Men Cook Protein Banana Split! Feed the muscles. Boom. (traduccion abajo)
I am starting off the day with an egg white, asparagus and brown rice & quinoa frittata, with half pink grapefruit and ISO protein shake. This is a simple breakfast you can make while you get ready for the day. Boom.
Breakfast or Snack Meal Prep: Staying prepared is an important part of making sure you accomplish goals!
Fried green tomatoes with bison flank and cantaloupe.
Delicious, light yet lean & mean – always a winning combo.
Bison seasoned with garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Cooked in a skillet. Since it is so lean, I used a small amount of spray olive oil so it would not stick.
Perfect way to reward the body after a grueling workout
Low-carb Tip: Instead of using croutons on your salad, use air popped popcorn! It is similar nutritional benefits to brown rice and will actually help you feel full. Two brands to consider using are Skinny Pop and Fit Pop.
Here is one of my favorite snack foods: Banana, nut butter & granola. It is only 218 calories and makes a good pre-workout snack with a Labrada ISO LeanPro protein shake. And, this is definitely something your children will love! Boom.
Breakfast for Dinner & Postworkout: Brown rice farina & egg whites mixed with greens topped with pico de gallo, 2 eggs cooked in bell peppers. Boom.
Easy, delicious meal you can prep for the week or make for dinner. I added black beans as my source of carbs, which is entirely optional.
I freeze the meals and defrost them in the refrigerator the night before I am going to eat them. ALWAYS adjust portions to meet YOUR macros and calories.
This is a great snack meal. Use a knife and fork to eat. Boom.