An alcoholic beverage is as much a part of the lifestyle of our society as food or breathing. alcohol often serves as a social communicator and is therefore also referred to as a "good mood drug". The significant disadvantages such as reduced performance, limited movement control, liver damage or alcoholism are often either secretive or suppressed. Nevertheless, alcohol still plays an important role in ancient traditions and cultural rites. In the following, however, we will deal with the influence of alcohol on weightlifters and show that the consumption of alcohol is also discouraged to a lesser degree, especially at the stage of fat burning and muscle building.
1. Alcohol has almost as much calories as fat
One gram of alcohol in pure form consists of about 7.1 Kcal, while the nutrients protein and carbohydrates per gram have 4.1 Kcal and the nutrient fat even 9.3 Kcal. Half a liter of beer with about 5 percent alcohol content thus contains a pure calorie content of 177.5 Kcal. In addition, there are certain carbohydrates, so that the calorie content of 0.5 liters of beer can end up at around 250 kcal. But since alcohol consists of empty kilocalories and thus can not release nutrients into the metabolism, the whole energy is lost. Furthermore, the absorbed fat through the food is first transported into the fat deposits of the body, since the metabolism with the detoxification of the alcohol is still busy. Alcohol not only ensures a high calorie intake, but hinders the valuable fat burning, which is especially important for a strength athlete.
2. Alcohol relaxes the inhibitions
Alcoholic drinks have a deterrent effect on humans, which can often cause a loss of control of movement and language articulation. This has the consequence that a low inhibition threshold can lead to body movements that are responsible for accidents or injuries. Also on the following days the motivation decreases, which then shows in pleasure and energylessness. The sequelae are then days of weakness, which prevent you from having a regular workout for the time being no more desire.
3. Alcohol can cause serious health problems
Alcohol mainly damages the liver, as this organ is responsible for the detoxification. But the cardiovascular system as well as the brain, nerve cells and the stomach are considerably burdened and even damaged by the consumption of alcoholic beverages. High blood pressure and sleep disorders are also caused by alcohol. Various studies have shown that high levels of alcohol consumption can be associated with a variety of cancers, including esophageal cancer and breast cancer. Also fat metabolism disorders and the weakening of the immune system can be the cause of an alcohol problem.
4. Alcohol lowers testosterone levels
Testosterone is also responsible for muscle building as the body's own sex hormone. For the strength athlete, it is therefore important that he has a constantly balanced testosterone levels in the training phase. Several studies have now shown that over-consumption of alcohol can also be responsible for lowering testosterone levels in the body. Alcohol works aggressively in the hormonal processes and even blocks important processes that are important for the formation of testosterone. This means that the production of testosterone can be blocked for several hours or days and the hormone thus fails to build muscle.
5. Alcoholic drinks increase appetite
The eating behavior changes too much alcohol consumption, as beer, wine or brandy also triggers an appetite-stimulating effect. As a result, you unconsciously consume food during or after drinking alcohol that you do not actually want to eat. This is the time of the chips, flips and fries, which then cause the fat deposits in the body swell. Often, the alcohol consumption leads to an excessive Fressorgie, in which all good intentions are radically thrown over the pile. Since the removal of alcohol also requires several hours in the body, the training will be futile the next day, since motivation and energy are missing.
How does alcohol use in your body?
Alcohol consumption enters the bloodstream via the oral mucosa immediately after ingestion. About one quarter of the ingested alcohol is absorbed through the gastric mucosa, while the remainder enters the bloodstream via the upper small intestine.
Whether the alcohol quickly reaches blood, influence the following criteria:
- Warm alcoholic drinks (tea with rum)
- Carbonated alcoholic beverages (wheat beer)
- Alcoholic drinks with sugar
- Fast drinking
- An empty stomach
- Individual factors (diseases, immunodeficiency)
The faster the alcoholic beverages get into the bloodstream, the faster you get drunk. By contrast, the blood alcohol concentration increases more slowly when gastric emptying is delayed. Here, the food consumed plays an important role. It is responsible for keeping the alcohol in the stomach for a longer time and then getting into the intestine. Already within a minute, the alcohol has arrived in the liver. The liver is the main organ for breaking down alcohol in the human body. About 95 to 98 percent of alcohol degradation takes place in the liver. Alcohol is also excreted in small quantities via the skin, lungs and kidneys. The liver gradually breaks down alcohol consumption with the aid of various enzymes. The loss of alcohol by the liver takes a certain time and can not be accelerated by external influences. It has been shown that about 0.1 to 0.2 parts per thousand can be broken down in the body per hour. The speed of this degradation depends, for example, on the body weight and gender of the person.
Beer, wine or schnapps harm the body and the athlete
The risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption are now known in today's society. Nevertheless, many athletes often drink a glass too much. Even the strict dietary regulations are sometimes thwarted by alcohol consumption. Nobody has anything against a sociable round who also drinks a glass of wine or beer. But you should always set priorities, what you really want. If you want to build muscle sustainably, you should abstain from alcoholic beverages. A glass of beer inhibits fat burning, blocks muscle growth and makes you lose motivation for your workout. Even with a diet or weight loss, alcohol consumption is not an issue. Alcoholic beverages increase the feeling of hunger and then in the end ensure that you lose weight rather than lose weight. Do you want it?