✨ Let’s talk alcohol and fitness
Most people like to enjoy some drinks to de-stress after a long week or to celebrate an event.
Which is ok!
Just remember EVERYTHING in moderation, especially alcohol!
Why you ask? 🤔
Here’s the negative effects it has on your fitness journey 👇
🍸 Your body will prioritize burning the calories consumed from alcohol, stopping any fat burning from 12-36 hours.
Essentially your body treats alcohol like poison and wants to get rid of it pronto!
🍸 Alcohol is empty calories, it has ZERO nutritional value to it, and a lot of drinks are full of sugar.
🍸 Alcohol effects your sleep.
Although you can fall asleep (aka pass out) after a night of drinks, it decreases the bodies ability to fall into REM sleep and get a full nights rest.
We all know how important sleep is in our fitness journey – this is when our bodies recover, burn fat & build muscle!
🍸 Alcohol impairs your hormone regulation, which is a huge factor when losing fat or building muscle.
🍸 Alcohol dehydrates your body which over time and in excess can cause a whole lot of health issues.
Staying hydrated is so important for our bodies!
🍸 Women typically metabolize alcohol slower then men as well, which causes fat loss to be stopped for a longer period of time.
🍸 After a night out we can make poor choices on food, we get “munchie” and typically reach for carb loaded & greasy foods!
NOW with all that said you do not need to give up alcohol completely, you just need to be smart about it, keeping it to a minimum for special events 🥳
Here’s some tips to help!
✨ Track all of your drinks in My fitness pal so you’re aware of what you’re consuming.
✨ Eat high protein and lower carbs/fats in the day to have room for those calories.
✨ Choose a low sugar drink
✨ Drink lots of water in the day & throughout your evening to help stay hydrated.