Most people tend not to take alcohol into consideration when transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. Over consumption of alcohol can bring your fitness results to a hult. The drawbacks are probably going to far outweigh any health benefits.
Your liver can’t metabolize alcohol and fat at the same time. It will always likes to get rid of the toxic substance (alcohol) first. That means that as long as there’s alcohol in your system you won’t be burning a lot of fat. If you have one or two drinks, you might stall your fat loss for a few hours. If you have quite a few drinks, it might be as long as four days before you’re metabolizing fat again. Keep this in mind for all you weekend warriors.
Alcohol also dehydrates you, raises cortisol levels (goodbye muscles), raises estrogen levels (hello hips and hi belly fat), lowers willpower (pizza anyone?). Combine that with the fact that alcohol promotes abdominal fat storage. If you’re serious about making a major transformation think about planning ahead before an outing.
Try to be more moderate with your choices. If you decide to hang out with friends a few nights a week, out of those few nights try disguising your drink for something else (Fruit Juice). This way you won’t feel like your being left out. A few of my clients have doubted this strategy and it seems to be working really well for them.
Start of off making changes slowly and keep cutting back the number of drinks until you’re satisfied with the level of your results. Of course, if you’re wanting to radically transform yourself and lose 10-30 lbs,get fit for a tropical vacation, or look great for a special occasion, consume a minimal amount of alcohol per week, eat healthy and exercise.
Fitness Coach Mike,