I want to disclose the fact that this blog is not to discourage people from drinking, I don’t want to give of the impression that I don’t drink, I want everyone to know that everything (even alcohol) in moderation will not be detrimental to your health or progress. But the key word here is moderation.
This blog will cover how alcohol is used in your body, as well as the long term effects of drinking. Personally, I do enjoy glasses of wine and a beer on the deck. However, the past few weeks have been different. Colton and I have been on a vacation, two weddings, and a lake trip. This resulted in more drinks then normal. I realized I was feeling very lethargic, tired and like I was retaining water. Very bloated. I eat very good. For my trip I ate very well and during the week I stuck to my plan, Colton and I noticed that our biggest falling out was alcohol.
We have both decided to quit drinking for 2 MONTHS. I know you might be thinking “why quit in summer, wait until winter.” Well, it is the ‘I will wait to start next month’ mentality that pushes back our goals. There are a few reasons we will not be drinking for 2 months.
- Save money. Whether you like to think so or not, those glasses of wine with supper, cases of beer for the beach, or cocktails on the patio add up. If you are trying to save money and reach some fitness goals, alcohol is the best thing to lower your budget on.
- I am a personal trainer, and although it is good to give yourself a vacation and time to relax. I had my time, I let myself enjoy those drinks and food. But I also noticed how much it has an effect on how I feel, my training performance, and my weight. I need to practice what I preach.
- I do drink in moderation. I have a couple drinks on the week sometimes or wine on a dinner date, because I strongly believe in moderation. Therefore, I will return to my balanced lifestyle after these 2 months. This is more of an experiment. It is a new goal and I want to see how much of a difference I notice in how I feel. This is to show I can have fun without drinking at every gathering and event. It is my experiment.
When it comes to the alcohol and your body it does have long term / short term effects especially when it comes to reaching your physical fitness.
Alcohol has no nutritional value, therefore when you drink it, it can lead to malnutrition and can impair your bodies ability to absorb nutrients when you go to eat nutritional foods. When alcohol is consumed it passes through your stomach into the blood and to your liver.
In the liver, an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase mediates the conversion of alcohol acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is rapidly converted to acetate. So it doesn't get stored as fat, but the amount of acetate can put a brake on fat loss. The amount of acetate is dependant on the amount of alcohol consumed.
One of the main functions of your metabolism is to maintain your blood sugar levels. Drinking can overall slow down your metabolism. For several hours after drinking (depending the amount) your “whole body lipid oxidization” which is the measure of how much fat your body is burning is dropped by 73%. This will ultimately lead to weight gain especially if you over do it on those sugary, calorie dense drinks.
Once again I want to clarify that there is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation and enjoying those social drinks. I encourage my clients to practice balance and moderation. I wanted to write this blog post to give you information on how it affects your body. It is always good to be informed.