Happy Hour=Sad Results
Each time a new client begins their journey of fitness during there initial consultation, we go over habits that need to be changed. Before I get an opportunity to ask, clients inquire with a raised brow, “Do I have to stop drinking?”–hoping they will get the green light to wash down a clean meal with a glass of wine (’cause red wine– it’s good for your heart , right?). Side eye…
So let’t talk briefly about the affects of alcohol when trying to lose body fat or build muscle. So take one final sip, put down the glass and listen carefully.
First, let’s get started by talking about the hormonal affects of drinking alcohol on the body for men and women. When you drink alcohol it reduces the amount of testosterone within your blood and increases the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. This increase, regardless of your gender, leads to increased body fat levels and increased water retention.
I am sure you have heard someone say before that alcohol is empty calories. This is not a myth– it is actually true! Alcohol is 7 calories per gram hence it then becomes the preferred energy source vs the horrible fat that you are trying to burn making your weight loss journey constantly frustrating. Alcohol increases fat storage and reduces the ability to utilize protein, and process the vitamins and minerals used to gain muscle and burn fat.
When building muscle and trying to achieve fat loss one must recognize the negative affects of alcohol. The diuretic affects can deplete nutrients required for muscle growth. Here are some of the important nutrients that are lost:
This can also disrupt the process of protein synthesis as well as your immune system. I am not trying to say that you will never be able to consume alcohol again or you will shrivel up and die. However, according to the American Journal of Clinical research when you consume over 24g of alcohol, the rate your body burns fat is dramatically decreased by 73%. This will make your goal and journey quite difficult. Remember maintaining a lifestyle involves different habits vs trying to achieve a goal. Goals must be focused and precise and requires commitment and discipline and alcohol is not part of your journey to success.