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Friday, 2 December 2011

How Alcohol Affects Your Fitness Goals

Whatever your goals are, whether it be fat or weight loss, muscle building, or just to get fit quick, excessive alcohol consumption can have a negative effect. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying alcohol is bad- alcohol is acceptable when taken responsibly.

It is actually a scientific fact that two drinks per day-men; and one drink a day-women; has been shown to be good for the heart. This is not to say that you should start drinking every day. This will however make a difference if you’re watching your calorie intake. Let’s review how alcohol will affect your fitness goals.

I still firmly believe that you must avoid alcohol in order to maximise results. In terms of Muscle Building, you will do yourself good by keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum. Most people that drink alcohol do not drink enough water. In case you didn't know, our muscles consist of about 75% water and if we do not keep this level up, the water begins to evaporate causing us to lose muscle mass.

Alcohol, unlike other carbohydrates, doesn't convert to glucose but instead it becomes a fatty acid and is stored as fat. Alcohol interrupts the process of chemical reactions in our cells which affects the process of fat burning. Alcohol diminishes vital vitamins required for muscle growth.

It is also a fact that alcohol increases estrogen levelsEstrogen promotes fat deposit. Alcohol also decreases Testosterone levels. Testosterone is the most important hormone with regards to fitness and exercise.  

To sum up, alcohol is good but only when consumed responsibly. I can't quite stress the importance of over-consuming alcohol. You must definitely not drink excessively if you want to get fit quick!!

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