23 Dec What effect drinking alcohol has on your fitness program
It’s normal for most people to want to reward themselves from a hard work/school week by going out and socializing with friends and getting a drink to “unwind”. I get it, “all work and no play” is not my idea of living life either, but do you know what effects alcohol has on you, especially on your road to living healthier and leaner life? I do have my occasional glass of wine, or mixed drink on special occasions here and there, but drinking it consistently is setting yourself up for failure.
Your finances Take a Hit
In this scenario, let’s say we all pay for our drinks when we’re out with our friends. Depending on what you like to drink, and what tolerance you have for consumption, you can spend quite a bit of money. One of the biggest excuses people have for not eating healthy is that “it costs too much”. Ok, but how much are you spending on those drinks every month? To get a better idea of how much you’re shelling out, you can check it out on this calculator I found here. The amount of money you’re spending alone can be put to better use on FOOD, and supplements.
Alcohol Slows Down Muscle Growth
There is a serious lack of nutritional content contained in alcoholic beverages. Besides the empty calories that alcohol has (Calories that have no nutritional value), mixed drinks contain additional calories from sugar if you’re mixing it with juice, syrup, or energy drinks. If 1 shot of vodka has 100 calories, and you’re getting at least 3 or 4 shots in a mixed drink, that’s averaging over 400 calories in just ONE drink alone. That’s not even including the calories from whatever you decide to mix it with. Let’s also not forget that alcohol impairs your judgment, and is the reason you’re on a fast food run at 2am. Besides that, Chronic ingestion of alcohol can also mess with your digestion, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients like amino acids and B vitamins, and impairs protein synthesis. That’s total sabotage to all of the hard work you put in.
But with all that said, however, if you are able to practice some moderate alcohol consumption, having just a drink or two on occasion will not completely poison your body and make you lose all of your gains. Some studies actually suggest heart-healthy components from having a glass of red wine. Also, moderately consuming beer can improve your immune response and can reduce harmful C-reactive proteins (linked to heart disease). All in all, alcohol does more harm than good when overdone. It can mess with your digestive system, liver, and diet. But if done in moderation, it has potential to be beneficial, and you don’t have to feel left out from all the fun with family and friends.