how alcohol affects gaining muscles?
Im new in this site!! I would like to ask about alcohol. For instance I'm going to work out.. especially for arms and chest muscles...but what if after 1 hour of training i eat my food then i drink beer? do u think it's gonna prevent me to gain muscle or no relation? thanks for reading...
Alcohol has the opposite effects that any powerlifter or bodybuilder is looking for ... it raises estrogen levels, increases fat storage potential, etc.
That said if you have a drink with a meal a couple times a week I think the negative effects will be minimal... If you go out and get smashed all the time then you should expect your gains to slowed if not stopped altogether.
Utlimately the more booze you cut out, the better ... but realistically a drink or two every now and then should have minimal effect.
That's my $.02.
If you do go out and drink, yolu should drink 1 gass of water per glass of alcohol, and try to drink low-calorie drinks like whiskey, and vodka..
Interesting article for yall:
The Effects of Alcohol on Athletic Performance and Recovery
It's a review of the literature and it covers alcohol's effects on skeletal muscle, hydration and thermoregulation, anaerobic and aerobic performance (anerobic is lacking and inconclusive), and recovery.
Yeah alcohol is no good for muscle gain. If you are super serious about building muscle do not take in any alcohol at all!
So if one drinks about 5 shots a night (mixed with a zero calorie mixer), they should be fat and nasty? So how does one explain making gains, increasing cardiovascular aptitude, and losing fat?
Now I will admit that I naturally live in a caloric deficit and work out for about 3 hours a day. I do a typical meathead workout then follow that up with 3 modified WODs.
I read everything that should be happening in my body but my energy is great. My recovery is good I work out 4 days on 1 day off with one of those days just being cardio WODs (no lifts). And my muscle mass is increasing, getting denser. and getting stronger. I'm 31 and I'm the strongest I've ever been and looking almost as good as I did coming out of Boot Camp 3.5 years ago (not trying to drop down to 170 lbs again tho..198 right now down from 208 a couple weeks ago. I do dislike the dehydration in the morning...my only real complaint.
So my question is... what explains my abuse of alcohol not affecting me the way it should.
Side not I drink even more on the weekends.
And thanks for reading. Really just curious.
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