According to a 2011 study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, moderate drinkers tend to be thinner than teetotalers. Why? Ethanol—whether it's in wine, on the rocks, or in a pilsner glass—improves your body's response to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. Keep your blood sugar in check and you can prevent your body from shuttling glucose straight into your fat cells. One Harvard School of Public Health study even found that having one to two alcoholic drinks a day can reduce your risk of diabetes by 36 percent.
Plus, by increasing your heart rate, alcohol actually fires up your fat burners for about an hour after you take your last sip, according to Eric Rimm, an associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the 2010 review of alcohol in the federal dietary guidelines. One recent study from Japan even suggests that if you're a microbrew man, your post-drink metabolic boost might last a little longer. Why? The naturally occurring flavonoids in beer's hops can increase muscle mass. And as you know, more muscles equal a faster metabolism—not to mention a chiseled bod.
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