Most people have heard the phrase beer belly, however, in fact, it should probably be alcohol belly. When following a healthy regime alcohol can be more detrimental to your training than most people think. It’s important that you understand how alcohol is impacting your progress on the way to a healthier lifestyle. We decided to look at 5 ways alcohol will ruin your muscle gains.
When people decide to commit to pursuing a healthy lifestyle, one of the most common questions asked is ‘does drinking alcohol affect the muscle growth process?’ Unfortunately, the answer is yes, too much alcohol will almost definitely have a significant negative impact on your training results. Alcohol is more harmful than a lot of people think, and it’s important that people understand how alcohol is affecting their progress. This isn’t an anti-alcohol article as we to enjoy a glass of wine with the occasional dinner out. If you’re serious about achieving a new level of fitness, then you should be aware of the 5 ways alcohol will ruin your muscle gains and fitness progress.
1) It negatively impacts protein synthesis.
Protein synthesis is the process by where amino acids are joined together to form complete proteins. When alcohol is consumed excessively, it slows this process down by up to 15%. A person’s muscles are made up of protein so you can probably see how this is a problem.
2) It lowers testosterone levels.
The most critical muscle-building hormone in your body is testosterone. Studies over the years have shown that alcohol can rapidly impact the level of testosterone in a person’s body. One of the main limiting factors that determines how much muscle a person can gain is their level of free-flowing testosterone.
3) Alcohol will cause faster dehydration.
A person’s kidneys must filter large amounts of water to break down alcohol. This can result in severe dehydration within a person’s body. Water plays a vital role in the muscle-building process. Being even slightly dehydrated is a recipe for disaster. A person’s muscles alone are comprised of 70% water so make sure you stay hydrated at all times.
4) Alcohol reduces the level of vitamins and minerals.
Excessive alcohol consumption causes vitamins A, C, the B’s, calcium, zinc, and phosphorus to all be drained from the body. Vitamins and minerals keep all the little process in your body functioning correctly. Many of these processes involve muscle growth and maintenance.
5) Alcohol increases fat storage.
Alcohol, with seven empty calories per gram, can be very fattening. Alcohol also disrupts the Kreb’s Cycle (see the link below), which plays an important role in fat burning.
We think It’s important to have fun in life or what is all this training for in the first place. If you’re really serious about achieving significant muscle-building and fitness results, then you definitely need to monitor how much alcohol you consume. Make sure that you are consuming alcohol in moderation. A few alcoholic drinks here and there shouldn’t be a problem, but if you find yourself drinking every weekend or during the week then you can pretty much kiss your hard work and muscle gains goodbye.
Unless you’re a professional bodybuilder or athlete, then we don’t recommend revolving your entire life around your muscle-building program. Don’t be worried about going out and having a good time with your friends and to have wine over dinner. Make sure to limit your drinking nights to being infrequent and to properly hydrate yourself to lessen its negative effects when you do go out. As long as you monitor what you’re doing you can achieve an impressive physique and have a social life at the same time.
Kreb Cycle – Wikipedia link here
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