alcohol effects on workout

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by Louno, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. Louno

    Louno New Member

    i dont remember where ,i think its somewhere here , i saw someone say that as long as there is alcohol in ure system your body will use it as fuel first , thus replacing all the other nutriment and store them thats why u can get a beer belly if u drink beer alot or something...

    Anyways , i guess alcohol isnt very good if ure training , but what effect exactly does it have ? how does it affect your workout

    ( im not talking about being drunk while you workout hehe )
  2. Manic

    Manic New Member

    It’s mostly a question of dosage. If you drink with MODERATION, it should be okay.

    However... If TOO MUCH is consumed, it will :

    1) increase cortisol secretion, [​IMG]
    2) reduce testosterone production [​IMG]
    3) inhibit protein synthesis, [​IMG]
    4) suppress lipolitic hormones and cause a temporary suspension of fat burning. [​IMG]

    Alcohol, when ingested at night, will also inhibit nocturnal growth hormone release. [​IMG]

    That’s all I know about alcohol…

    Lots of studies support what I just wrote. I can give you a list if you really want to know… :)

    Hope that helps,


    P.S. : I forgot : regarding alcohol being "used as fuel first" : I think (read in different studies) that, yes, alcohol is actually used before fat as a fuel, until all alcohol is used or... stored as fat! Again, moderation should be okay.
  3. Louno

    Louno New Member

    its been almost a year since i started lifting, and during all that time ive been keeping my alcohol consumption pretty low, to a point where i dont know if im exagerating or not...
    Is every drink of alcohol bad ?
    Does having like 3-5 drink one night going to result in reduced gains , and waste of workout sessions...

    Also one thing i almost never do anymore, is drink then eat, or both at the same time...
    But sometimes it can happen, how bad is it ?
  4. BIZ

    BIZ New Member

    Concerning binge drinking and how it affects your training...
    Personally, alcohol is more hepatoxic for me than the next guy, so I get set back a bit just from one night of binging (which I don't do anymore). My libido goes down and my training suffers, but only for a few days. I know for a fact (blood tests) that if I drink more than a few times a week for an extended period of time my test production goes way down and my liver values increase. Again, varies individual to individual.
  5. Dood

    Dood New Member

    If you're doing this almost every night then yes it will certainly hurt your gains. If you are talking about once a week or less, then probably not.

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