Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Alcohol and Working Out :

Throughout the last couple of decades there have been a lot of discussions on the use of alcohol while working out and the types of effects it actually has on your training. There is no doubt that alcohol will hinder your results in the gym, but it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms that take place in your body when drinking too much alcohol. What makes this discussion even more confusing is the fact that a lot of bodybuilders drink a lot of dry wine the days before a contest in order to dry their bodies totally out and remove all water from under their skin.

The first thing we should immediately establish is that alcohol although very fun, is definitely not healthy for your body. When you get drunk and feel the effects of being drunk, it is actually because your body has been intoxicated and the effects are a side effect of this intoxication. What we have to understand however is that there is a very large and profound difference between just having 1-2 beers and getting absolutely wasted.

When you get really drunk your body gets intoxicated and your brain orders your liver to start a detox process. The liver is largely responsible for your metabolism, but because almost all its resources are dedicated to clearing out the alcohol, your metabolism becomes really low and if you have had a lot of alcohol, almost non existing. What a lot of people do when drunk is to eat a burger or some other type of junk food to fill up their stomachs. The majority of these calories are stored directly as fat because of your very low metabolism and this is why you quickly gain a lot of fat when you drink a lot.

Furthermore alcohol will put your body into a catabolic state and hinder any significant muscle growth you were hoping for as a result of your training regimen. The worst thing about alcohol however is that it will increase your estrogen levels and this is definitely not good for training, in addition to the fact that it can actually lead to the development of gyno. Gyno is also known as female breast tissue and you have probably seen a couple of guys get this from either the use of steroids or because they were genetically predisposed to this syndrome.

All in all, there is nothing wrong with a couple of drinks, but alcohol and getting drunk in general is not the best thing you can do if you want to look fit.

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