Recent article/post for my clients, originally posted on the Activate Body Facebook page. If you’re not already following us, you should! In any case, a quick recap of an article about alcohol and its effects on weight-training. An interesting, yet vastly misunderstood topic among fitness professionals, athletes, health enthusiasts, and those embarking on wellness journeys alike … Enjoy!
In the fitness industry, alcohol is a controversial topic for many professionals and those working towards both long- and short-term wellness goals. Some say absolutely not. Some say save it for cheat meals. Some say … Okay, we don’t really care what everyone else says.
At Activate Body, our mission is to help YOU achieve a happier, healthier lifestyle. If that means having a glass of wine with dinner every night? Then by all means, we will create a plan to accommodate those needs.
In any case, surrounding all the controversy about alcohol and both performance and physique goals, we found a great article about just how alcohol effects lifter’s bodies. The full article can be seen here:http://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/lifters-guide-to-alcohol, but we have the “Take Aways” below:
— Alcohol isn’t as much a fat storer as it is a fat burning suppressor.
— Heavy drinking has a tendency to slow, even eliminate protein synthesis and recovery from training.
— When including alcohol at meals, avoid carbs and fat. Stick to protein and veggies.
— Stick with beer and white wine if you can, they seem to have a better impact on appetite.
— Avoid mixed drinks. The alcohol plus sugar means you’ll likely store the sugar AND drink more.
— The best time to consume alcohol would be right after weight training, not cardio. Intake should still stay under 1g/kg.
— It’s all about balance! As long as you’re doing most other things right and not drinking into oblivion nightly, you’ll avoid massive hormone issues.