I read that while beer makes that unaesthetic beer belly, wine does not affect the waistline at all. In fact. recent studies showed that women who routinely drank moderate amounts of alcohol, totaling about one drink a day, carried almost 10 lbs less body fat than women who did not drink at all. Experts evidently believe that the calories in alcohol are not metabolized in the same way as calories from carbohydrates, fats or protein. So if you are about to start a diet to lose weight, maybe you should consider having a glass of wine instead of chocolate pudding for dessert. Now tell me a better excuse than that.