Drinking to lose weight?

Another for-women-only post. I had been debating on whether or not to put these two up, but was encouraged by (female) friends when I asked their opinions.

I found this article in the NY Times. Reported this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, this is based on a study of 19,220 United States women aged 39 or older who, at the start of the study, fell into the “normal weight” category based on their body mass index. They tracked the drinking habits across the span of 13 years; about 60 percent of the women were light or regular drinkers, while about 40 percent reported drinking no alcohol.

Over the course of the study, 41 percent of the women became overweight or obese. Although alcohol is packed with calories (about 150 in a six-ounce glass of wine), the nondrinkers in the study actually gained more weight over time: nine pounds, on average, compared with an average gain of about three pounds among regular moderate drinkers. The risk of becoming overweight was almost 30 percent lower for women who consumed one or two alcohol beverages a day, compared with nondrinkers.

Metabolic studies show that after men drink alcohol, they experience little if any metabolic change. But alcohol appears to slightly speed up a woman’s metabolism. The link between consumption of red wine and less weight gain was particularly pronounced in the Archives study. It has been suggested that resveratrol, a compound present in grapes and red wine, appears to inhibit the development of fat cells and to have other antiobesity properties.

The findings don’t mean women should rush to drink alcohol to lose weight. Other research shows that once a person is already overweight, her alcohol metabolism is more efficient, and so an overweight woman may gain more weight from alcohol than a lean woman. The data do, however, suggest that for many women facing weight problems, the extra calories are probably not coming from alcoholic beverages.

In a nutshell, a glass or two of wine a night, may actually help you.

Yet another useful benefit for the pill

I’ve long known about the hormonal benefits of the birth control pill. Not just the obvious contraceptive usage, but all of the beneficial side effects; or rather, the reason that it controls female bodily functions.

A new study has shown several health effects related to women on the drug; death from any cause was 12 percent lower among birth control pill users than among those who never took the drugs. Mostly from what I see, there is a lower risk of attracting cancer, heart disease, etc.

Read the article if you’re interested!

Well, it’s about time!

While, yes, we do have Pandora streaming on the iPhone / iPod Touch, there is one thing critically lacking; flash to play Netflix / Hulu content. YouTube doesn’t always cut it.

I enjoy being able to watch Netflix movies off of my Xbox 360 at home on my big screen, instead of on my smaller (22″) computer monitors, or my nifty new 15.6″ laptop. But now portability comes into play. Netflix streaming on my iPhone!

When connected to Wi-Fi only, Netflix will soon be able to allow you to view movies on your device; fun for a coffee shop sit, or while walking around cities which grant free Wi-Fi, such as Mountain View and San Jose. Even airplanes now offer free Wi-Fi.

For a further read-up on this amazingness, click here.