The effects of Alcohol on your body and your training!
September 29, 2015
Wouldn’t it be great if all alcohol had zero calories and didn’t leave us feeling like we’d been hit by a bus the next day! Unfortunately, most of our favorite alcoholic beverages are calorie dense, high in sugars and if enough is consumed, will leave us a with a huge hangover for the next day and possibly the day after. Keeping this in mind, you’re taking in unnecessary calories that will decrease your chance of being in a caloric deficit if your goal is to lose weight.
From a training perspective, if you’re body is still in recovery mode and your liver is working full throttle to compensate for a heavy night on Saturday, can you really expect your body to function at 100% when you get to the gym on Monday and Tuesday, No! If your body is working on recovering from the damage you did on that Saturday night out, is it going to be fully focused on repairing your body from your workout, again, No!
Drinking alcohol is going to affect your energy levels because it will decrease your body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates, your hydration levels will decrease which will again affect the whole metabolic process and drinking alcohol will also decrease your body’s ability to synthesize protein which is going to affect muscle repair and growth!
Below is a link to show all the negative effects alcohol can have on your training.
Now, we all know that when we’ve had a few drinks, suddenly that goal weight you had doesn’t seem so important and that burger you’ve been eyeing up all week seems far more appealing and harder to resist. So, not only have you consumed a large amount of wasted calories from alcohol, you’ve just consumed a large dosage of saturated fat to add to the equation.
If you’re a bodybuilder, alcohol is a massive No-No! It will have too much of an impact on your ability to grow and train as hard as you need to. If you’re just a regular gym user looking to make slow, steady progress, the occasional beer is not going to be too detrimental but it will affect your daily calorie intake.
All in all, alcohol is completely unnecessary and a waste of calories. It will affect your training and how quickly you reach your goals.
However, we appreciate alcohol can increase your ability to have a good time and we stress that you enjoy it in moderation if you’re serious about your fitness goals.
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