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Alcohol and Weight Training


The Effects of Alcohol on Training

I think the most common question that I get is, "will drinking too much hurt my results", and I usually want to yell at the person who asks this question, because they already know the answer. OF COURSE! Honestly, anything in excess, is not good.

If you drink moderately, no more than 2-3 drinks per week, you should be OK, but if you are a heavy drinker, you will never improve your physique. Understand that alcohol is poisonous to the body -- its a toxin.

Prolonged usage at high doses will:

  • reduce your strength - you won't be able to lift enough weight to stimulate muscle growth
  • reduce your endurance
  • decrease your recovery capabilities - it will take you longer to recuperate and you will be much more sore after workouts
  • decrease your aerobic capacity
  • reduce your ability to metabolize fat - you will become a fat "storer" instead of a fat "burner"
  • interfere with muscle growth
  • acts as a diuretic, which can rebound and lead to elevated water retention

Remember, alcohol is a totally nutritionless carbohydrate. (Even though it's a carb, it has 7 calories per gram instead of the normal 4). Like most carbs, it causes the release of insulin, which will cause the storage of your alcohol calories as fat. The constant insulin release will also make it very difficult to lose fat since your body has ample glycogen from the alcohol.

 




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