I want to focus on alcohol and its affect on weight gain and health in general. Some people have a glass of wine tonight, while others are casual weekend drinkers. Some are more or less than that. But I think it’s fair to say most people indulge in alcohol consumption a couple of times a week.
I’ve worked with a lot of people in the past who seem to think that having small amounts of alcohol every day won’t inhibit your fitness goals. Or they justify drinking the low calorie drinks not being aware that alcohol itself is more important to get in the calorie content. Here are some facts that say otherwise!
Drinking right after a workout could set you back from your weight loss goals. A study was done to show how drinking effects working out. A group of men performed an intense workout then drank a couple of drinks. The results showed muscle building and recovery, also known as protein synthesis, decreased by 37%.
A glass of wine has as many calories as a small slice of cake.
For a margarita you could have a cheeseburger instead. And for a beer you could do a slice of pizza. Of course I’m not saying eat any of these things, just showing the comparison on the calorie content.
Alcohol increases your hunger, and decreases your mindfulness.
Another words it makes you hungrier and can contribute to you making bad food choices.
Alcohol can lead to malnutrition.
When you ingest alcohol, your body starts metabolizing it as a priority over everything else. Since alcohol has no nutrients of its own, your body will pull nutrients from everywhere else in your body to break it down. Which can lead to malnutrition.
It can drastically inhibit your bodies ability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
This intern can lead to weight gain, and even diabetes In the long term.
Lastly, it can slow your metabolism down.
Even one drink a day can be severely detrimental to the body’s ability to burn calories efficiently.