The Champagne Diet! New book says you can drink bubbly and get fit

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A Bay Ridge woman swears by a dietary supplement that comes from a liquor store.

Blogger Cara Alwill Leyba says that her “Champagne Diet” — two parts healthy living and one part bubbly — transformed her from an overweight depressive into a woman with a lust (or at least a lush) for life.

“I felt really good when I drank it. I stood a little taller and felt classier,” Alwill Leyba told us during a promotional visit to BookMark Shoppe on Third Avenue — a glass of sparkling rosé in her hand. “I started working out more and taking care of myself more.”

Has the dream of boozing your way to good health finally come true? Is the secret to fitness more Night Train and less LaLanne? Is hard cider better than the proverbial apple a day? Should we be hitting the bottle instead of the speed bag? You get the idea.

One chapter of the book details recent scientific studies that suggest that champagne can ward off strokes, improve heart health, and increase sexual potency (but then, you knew that).

And some experts say — wait for it! — that the anti-oxidants in champagne are beneficial — as long as you don’t overdo it.

“That said, small amounts of alcohol do raise the risk of breast cancer for women,” said Jennifer Schonborn, a Park Slope nutritionist. “And there may be fewer calories in champagne than in other drinks, but there are still calories.”

How crazy is this diet?

Not really that crazy at all, when you consider the book-selling popularity of plans like the Frenchwomen’s Diet, which calls for healthy doses of foie gras, red wine and Gauloises; the Hollywood Diet, where every food item is in liquid form; and the Mayo Clinic Diet, where you eat grapefruit for every meal.

And then, there is Atkins. Nuff said.

Of course, there’s a larger issue here: champagne makes you happy — and, really, is there anything more important to human health than that?

“The whole concept of the ‘Champagne Diet’ is just loving yourself and celebrating everything,” said Alwill Leyba.

And who doesn’t want drink to that?

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at at (718) 260-4507.
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

anaabdul from cobble hill says:
Alcohol can cause breast cancer in women. Whoopee! Let's have another drink!
Nov. 11, 2011, 6:30 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Mindless twittery
Nov. 11, 2011, 8:47 am
drinker from broke-land says:
This woman sounds like "high maintenance". Does this diet come with the baggage, or do I have to bring my own?
Nov. 11, 2011, 11:32 am
Gerry from Brooklyn Heights says:
I wish I could be fit eating burgers and fries at Heights Cafe.
Nov. 11, 2011, 12:38 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
So if you pair this "diet" with the Atkins diet, you can loose all the weight you want on champagne and filet mignon. (Orson Welles should have looked like Tommy Tune.)
Nov. 11, 2011, 1:54 pm
Shane from ex-Gowanus says:
IF you are going to drink, champagne is technically lighter.
Plus it mixes well with pure fruit juice which is really good for you. I can see why its on the healthier side. Sure beats shots of Jamesons chased with beer and peanuts.
Nov. 11, 2011, 5:52 pm
ty from pps says:
"Sure beats shots of Jamesons chased with beer and peanuts."

Umm... no it doesn't. :-)
Nov. 12, 2011, 4:02 pm
Sister Squirell from BB says:
Many models live exclusively on Champagne and Cigarettes - and it seems to work for them....
Nov. 13, 2011, 8:28 am
VoiceOfTruth from OneOneTwoOneOne says:
Anyone who uses the word classy to describe themselves is not. The word is basically the province of real houswives cast members and football fans who defend Joe Paterno.

This repulsive idiot is just trying to jump on women's love of obnoxious idiots (see, e.g., RHO franchise), dumb diet trends (see, e.g., french women don't get fat) and contrived material elegance (see, e.g., every sex and the city loving moron who maxed out their credit cards trying to live their carrie bradshaw shoe fantasy) by offering a combo package catering to women's worst impulses. She might be on to something. The name needs work.
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:50 pm
Shantell from Cobble Hill says:
A diet I can get used to!
Nov. 14, 2011, 1:59 pm
Maria from Park Slope says:
Lighten up people! One glass of alcohol a day does promote good health. Read the NY Times, the increase in breast cancer is miniscule and the benefit to your heart far outweighs it. I too feel fabulous sipping on a champagne cocktail. It’s about enjoying life! She’s not promoting CRACK.
Nov. 14, 2011, 2:49 pm
doyenne1 from Bay Ridge says:
Clearly the "VoiceofTruth" is the "VoiceofJealousy." Somebody needs to reel in their parenthetical predilections and take a chill pill to boot.

Calling the author a "repulsive idiot" is the province of someone who clearly has an axe to grind that is personal and quite vicious. I can't tell if the author is:
a) a man
b) a gay man
c) a woman
d) a woman who clearly hates other women and cannot stand to see a woman who is succeeding

Why can we not celebrate the success of a local lass whose star is on the rise and see it as a success for all of us who grew up here rather than asserting the material by Ms. Alwill Leyba is "contrived" when VofT has not even read the book yet because it is still being written.

Honestly, those who have to diminish the success of others are simply miserable humans who will never succeed as they spend too much time trying to drag others into their sad, lonely ditch of misery.
Nov. 14, 2011, 5:05 pm
fahklempt from tawkamngstyoselfs says:
enjoy your 15 mins.
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:48 pm
Jess from Park Slope says:
So cool! Saw her in Glamour today. Sign me up!
Nov. 15, 2011, 3:02 pm
VoiceOfTruth from Bill S. Burg says:
Thanks for the response, Cara, you classy broad.
Nov. 15, 2011, 3:46 pm

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