Spring is almost here, which means that thoughts will soon turn from warming plates of spaghetti to spaghetti straps. And ladies, here's the best news yet for those of you who want to get rid of the winter wear around your midsection:
Dr. Lu Wang, a preventive health expert at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, led a thirteen-year study of the effects of alcohol on weight loss. And as it turns out, women who slugged their way through the Irish bars in Boston (more than two drinks daily) were 30 percent less likely to be carrying a muffin top than ladies who didn't drink.
"We certainly don't want to encourage nondrinkers to adopt alcohol as a method for weight control, but we were surprised by the strength of the association," Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's and a co-author of the study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, told Time.
But I am not that surprised by this finding, because who hasn't seen the ladies of LoDo falling out on Market Street, hurling into the gutters? Meanwhile, their boyfriends scope out the fresh meat stumbling down the boulevard.
Still, while drinking to excess and not eating has been the formula for many size 0 models, it's not the healthiest of habits. Even if she's just downing the Grey Goose double, drinking that much can lead to serious health risks, or even a love life. Wang's study aside, most doctors suggest that while moderate drinking might be good for your waistline, it's not the best strategy to keep the pounds off.
Leave that to your liposuction professional.