Effects of alcohol consumption on exercise: how muscles, metabolism and a film tear are related

People are doing sports for a variety of reasons. Some want to lose weight, others to boost their metabolism, some to build muscle. In all three cases, two things are required: motivation and discipline. Also, as far as nutrition is concerned. Alcohol is a food and beverage that should be handled carefully during training. Binge drinking until blackout is counterproductive here. What effects alcohol can have on the body, the muscles or the metabolism, you will find in the following article.

Negative consequences for the development of muscles and metabolism

If you want to build muscle, you should only enjoy alcohol in moderation. Excessive enjoyment until the film breaks (Note: If you can not remember the previous evening, you certainly had a film tear), not enough testosterone is released into the metabolism, which makes muscle building slow. This means for you: Either conserve the metabolism and avoid the total blackout, or can build less mass. Certain substances in alcohol also reduce the synthesis of protein. This also affects the muscles, especially the muscle fibers.

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Direct health effects

Unfortunately true: The frequent consumption of alcohol can make you fat. There are two reasons for this: On the one hand, alcoholic beverages have many calories (eg cocktails or wheat beer). On the other hand, it slows down the metabolism and suppresses the burning of fat, which burns much less calories than usual during training. In addition, with very frequent and strong consumption of alcohol, which often ends with a film tear, the immune system is weakened in the long term. Because alcohol ensures that you no longer sleep properly. This is because the so-called REM time (deep sleep phase), in which you and your body recover best, is shortened.

Positive impact?

Some people call alcohol a performance-enhancing effect. The truth is that alcohol makes you more relaxed and relaxed. But at the same time the self-confidence is increased, which can sometimes lead to risky actions. Wine is said to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. The "dose" varies here at half to a maximum of one and a half glasses per day. 


It should be noted: Drink until film break you should avoid as best as possible. Too much alcohol definitely has a damaging effect on your muscles, metabolism and even hormone balance. An occasional beer, a glass of wine and a bit of champagne to toast are still no problem. It only becomes critical if you drink so much that you have a hangover the next day or in the worst case, you can not remember anything. Therefore, you should handle mindful and responsible with alcohol, so that you really achieve success with your training.

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