Low body fat is one of the most sought after goals in fitness. We see numerous people working so hard every day in the gym (or not working that hard) trying to accomplish replacing body fat with muscle. One of the biggest misconceptions that we see is people thinking they need to work out as hard as they can and then go eat and drink whatever they want before and after. One of the most common speeches trainers and nutritionist preach is that diet is 80% of the battle. Have you ever heard diet is 80% and training is 20%? Ok we all hear it but do we all follow it like we follow our workout routines? Have you ever followed both of these rules and still never lost any body fat by eating and training perfectly? Here is the first question to ask if you’ve had this problem and first question to everyone not losing body fat week after week. How often do you drink alcohol?
This question makes everyone squirm in their seats when asked. The most common answer is “yes I drink once or twice on the weekends, but I go with the light beer or the low calorie vodka and water”. So let us assume that all that matters is that you trained hard, ate perfect and had a couple drinks on the weekend. Why haven’t you lost your body fat by now? Let’s rule out the training, because this is usually the easiest part about a fitness routine especially if you have a fitness professional helping your progress. Next let’s worry about the diet;
Are you eating too many carbs?
Eating too much sugar?
Maybe eating too big of portions?
Let’s assume that your answer is that you are following everything your fitness professional is telling you. It couldn’t be that light beer or low calorie vodka right?
Why not because it’s light and low calorie?
Now let’s talk about metabolism and why it’s easy for men and woman with a fast metabolism to lose weight fast or just to never gain it. Metabolism is the answer for everything, because skinny people complain that they can’t gain weight and overweight people complain that they can’t lose weight. If your metabolism is slow then this will be very hard for anyone to lose any weight. Our ultimate goal is to speed up our metabolism by following the proper workouts so we boost our metabolism with our heart rate. Then we want to speed up our metabolism by eating our meals small and often so our body knows how to digest our food. Here is what metabolism is: “A general term applied to the chemical processes that take place within tissues in the body by converting food or liquids to obtain nutrients.” Now here’s how your body metabolizes alcohol. “Although alcohol is absorbed rapidly it is metabolized very slowly and its effects may still impact athletic performance up to 48 hours after the last drink. ”
Ok so we want to turn our food that we eat into nutrients to help rebuild our muscle that we just worked out right? Did you know when alcohol is ingested; about 20 percent is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream? Did you also know that muscle tissue absorbs alcohol more rapidly than fat tissue? So what this means is that alcohol goes straight to your muscle and not the fat. What about that muscle that you worked so hard at over the week, sweating, complaining and getting really sore? We need enough water, nutrients and rest so we can speed up our metabolism to then switch our body fat to muscle. This is unfortunate to anyone that likes to drink once a week, twice a week, or every night.
Alcohol is the culprit for increase of body fat, decrease of muscle tissue, poison to muscle recovery and decreased metabolism. Also there’s more; alcohol is specifically detrimental to bodybuilders, or any athlete, in that it can interfere with recovery, protein synthesis, hydration, motivation, and nutrient intake. Ever wonder why or how you hurt your shoulder, knees, back or any joint in your body? Joint inflammation that occurs in arthritis is increased with the use of alcohol, which can be very painful. This inflammation can also cause the drinker (even one time a week) to be more prone to injuries.