Alcohol is something that most adults do like to indulge in from time to time – some more often than others.
So what’s the real deal about alcohol and your progress? Is this something that you can make room for in your diet or is it something that you need to give the boot?
Alcohol and Calories
The very first thing that you need to take note of is how many calories are found in alcohol. Alcohol itself contains seven calories per gram, whereas both protein and carbohydrates each contain just four. Fat comes in at the highest calorie value per gram at nine, which places alcohol right in the middle. But what’s often worse is what the alcohol is mixed with. If you’re drinking your alcohol with high calorie or fat mixers such as cream, sodas, or sugary mixers you could easily end up with a drink that packs in well over 300 calories per serving. If you take in three or four of these over the course of the night, it’s really going to add up.
Alcohol and Fat Metabolism
The second important thing that you need to note is the impact that alcohol consumption will have on your fat metabolism. The minute that you put alcohol into your body, all fat burning is going to come to a halt. Your body views alcohol as a toxin and as soon as it is consumed, your body is going to do everything it can to rid itself of this alcohol. No further fat will be burned until it’s out of your system. Only then will you start burning body fat again. So, if you consume quite a bit of alcohol one night, you can expect to see your rate of fat loss drop off for a more significant period of time.
Alcohol and Your Recovery
Finally, the last important thing to note about alcohol consumption is the impact it will have on your recovery rates. In addition to putting the brakes on all fat burning taking place in the body, the second thing that alcohol is going to put the brakes on is protein synthesis. This means that no further lean muscle tissue will be built up as long as alcohol is in your body.
Again, you can imagine what this is going to do to your workout goals.
So as you can see, if you want to be truly successful with your fat loss and workout program, its best if you can abstain from alcohol for the time being. One drink every now and then may not hurt all that much, but if you’re taking in any more than this, it will definitely hinder the progress that you see.