of alcohol can make you say 'one more' after every shot. But, if you are
looking to build muscle, understand that enjoying too much of alcohol can
also take a serious toll on your muscle growth.
researches have shown that alcohol
can impair the process that builds new muscle. Scientists say that alcohol may
affect the proteins
that activate muscle growth. "Alcohol decreased the production of human growth hormone, a
key part of the muscle repair and growth process, by up to 70%," researchers
from that workout may take longer if you go mad at happy hour afterward.
Researchers say, "Those who downed 1 gram of alcohol per kilogram — about five
drinks for a 160-pound man — after a work out session experienced more tenderness than those who
drank juice. They also had higher levels of creatine kinase or creatine
phosphokinase an enzyme that signals tissue damage, afterward."
affects your metabolism. Consuming 24 grams of alcohol — the equivalent of
about two drinks — slowed fat metabolism (a metabolic process that
breaks down ingested
fats into fatty acids
and glycerol and
then into simpler
compounds that can
be used by
cells of the
body) by a whopping 73%.
Researchers said, "Human body prefers to burn alcohol
as fuel first, pushing any other calories to the back of the line. As a
consequence, your fat burn slows dramatically each
time you toss back a cocktail."
regularly is one of the fastest paths to weight gain. Liquor packs 7 calories
per gram, or approximately 100 to 165 calories in a serving — and that's not
counting sugary mixers. Alcohol can loosen up your inhibitions and stimulate
which promotes overeating.
168 more calories on the days they had a shot than when they didn't. Though
that doesn't sound like much, it can add up. Consuming
a glass of wine or beer with dinner three
days of the week, and you'll wind up nearly eight pounds heavier at the end of
the year," researchers said.
Though a cold beer seems thirst
quenching after a hard workout, it has the opposite effect. As alcohol is a
diuretic, it can lead to dehydration
(the excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying
disruption of metabolic processes). It causes your body to lose 3% more body fluid. "So avoid that
post-workout beer until you've replenished with water. Not having enough fluid
can decrease blood flow to the muscles, which can slow down your recovery," say
Also, having a
head-pounding hangover can affect your next-day work out activities. It has
also been shown to interfere with your sleep quality, which can further contribute to an
overall feeling of indolence.