How Many Calories in a Bottle of Wine?
In these days of people constantly watching their weight and therefore calorie intake, people may be wondering if they can still enjoy wine. Many weight loss gurus would have you believe that you need to cut out alcohol in order to lose weight. Now, it's a known fact that wine drinkers absolutely love a few glasses of wine at the end of the day, but what if they are trying to lose weight? Instead of trying to cut out wine, wouldn't it be a better idea to find out how many calories are in a bottle of wine? After all, it's a reduction in calories that will allow you to lose weight.
Because there are hundreds of different varieties of wine made from hundreds of different varieties of grapes, the calorie count for each type of wine will be different from others. However, it's a good guide to assume that most bottles of wine will have between 300 and 500 calories, with each bottle holding roughly 750 ml. Therefore, assuming that a standard glass a standard glass of wine will hold about 125-150ml depending on the design. If you are monitoring your wine intake based on the number of glasses of wine you drink, you need to be wary of the actual size of glass as well.
Different wines means different amounts of calories
Each type of wine will have a different calorie content, so when I mentioned above that each bottle of wine will have between 300 and 500 calories, that is only meant as a very rough guide. Some fortified wines like a Port or Muscatel might have well over 1000 calories in each bottle. However, most red wines will contain less than 500 calories in a bottle, whereas a bottle of fortified Vermouth may contain well over 800 calories in each bottle. If you are looking for a wine that is fairly lower in calories, a dry white wine like a Zinfandel would be closer to 300 calories per bottle. For a wine enthusiast who enjoys a good bottle of wine, their choice in wine might have a big impact on their daily calorie intake!
Fat-free wine ?
Yes, the rumours are true...there is absolutely NO fat whatsoever in wine! Does this mean that you can drink as much as you want without worrying about getting fat? Well, yes and no. Although there is no fat in a bottle of wine, there ARE calories, as I've pointed out above. Any calories you take in must be burnt off, either through exercise or through your normal body metabolism. If there are leftover calories at the end of the day, your body will store it as fat. If you are trying to lose weight, the goal is to have burnt off more calories than you took in, which means your body will start burning off all the stored energy in the form of fat.Therefore, instead of cutting out wine altogether, why not consider changing your type of wine? Red wines are lower in calories and there are even health benefits in red wine. If you need to cut out 200 calories a day and you drink a lot of wine, why not change your love of Port wine to a nice Cabernet Sauvignon, or even better, a nice Zinfandel? Even a small drop in the number of calories over time can have a dramatic long term effect in the years to come