Is Alcohol Really a Goal Crusher?
Many of us have goals centred around health. Whether that means lifting more weight, running faster, living longer or looking better the consumption of alcohol should be limited. But what are the reasons behind that?
One gram of alcohol has 7 calories. The other macronutrients: fat, protein and carbs have 9, 4 and 4 respectively. When consumed, alcohol becomes a toxin in the body, making it the first source of energy used by the body. This decreases potential fat loss and also slows our metabolism down.
A slow in our metabolism brings glucose levels in the body down leading to decreased strength and faster fatigue in the gym. Our performance in the gym is also affected by the fact that alcohol has the tendency to dehydrate those who consume it.
Although all these are pretty negative effects, the worst part about alcohol consumption is its ability to decrease protein synthesis and testosterone levels in the body. A decrease in these things ultimately makes it more difficult to put on muscle.
Does this mean we should never drink again? Not necessarily and in fact there are many studies pointing to potential health benefits to certain drinking habits. However, if performance is your number 1 goal, alcohol is best kept limited.