Drinking and Exercise: How Alcohol Affects Your Body.
I have chosen to give up alcohol in my life for many reasons, but for my physical fitness goals here is why I choose the road less traveled.
Alchohol can GREATLY play a detriment to your healthy lifestyle if your trying to improve your body composition, your fitness goals, and lose weight!
- Alcohol can pack on the weight: It's more than the obvious extra amount of calories. Since the body cannot store alcohol it metabolizes it first, but since alcohol takes first priority this means fats and sugars cannot be metabolized as quickly so therefore your metabolism slows down and they get STORED AS FAT!
- Disruption in deep sleep: Alcohol can shorten your deep sleep cycle which can lead to a decrease in growth hormone which is vital in muscle repair. If you aren't getting enough sound sleep your muscles won't fully repair and your recovery will be greatly hindered along with your next workout.
- Increased Stress Response: Over exposure to alcohol has been studied and shown to increase levels of cortisol in the body. Chronic exposure of cortisol can lead to:
- Increased Blood pressure
- Weight Gain
- Impaired Immune system
- Increased overall stress levels
Cortisol promotes fat storage, so if you find that you're working out, eating right, sleeping 6-8 hours a night, but still aren't losing weight you might think twice about that one drink.
So, if you are serious about your fitness goals, weight loss, and decreasing your stress consider going dry for a period and see what improvements you will find in your life! Or if your looking to make a better choice for your drink check out this infograph.
"The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes"
GO EARN IT!