Considering giving up alcohol?
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Alcohol calories are empty calories- Alcohol has no nutritious value. This means that those calories won't contribute to sculpting beautiful curvy muscles. Furthermore, even if you ditch the surgery mixers and drink your dry wines or seltzer vodkas, alcohol on its own contains several calories. We're talking 100-150 calories per glass. Have 3 drinks when out on Friday and Saturday night, and your fat-loss efforts could be sabotaged. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Alcohol is essentially poison- Thankfully our livers work hard to rid us of this toxicity. Nevertheless, this detox is at the expense of fat burning. During the 24 hours that it may take our livers to fully metabolize the alcohol in our bloodstream, fat loss is impaired.
3. Alcohol lowers inhibitions- We're way more likely to make unhealthy food choices when under the influence of alcohol. I wish I was that girl who could have a salad or some natural yogurt after an evening of drinks with the girls (the term drunkorexia was coined to refer to people who restrict food calories when they know they will be drinking), but no- I'm that girl who demands a slice of dollar pizza or some french fries!
4. Alcohol is extremely dehydrating- Adequate hydration is essential not just for fat loss but for a healthily functioning system. Some studies have even shown that alcohol ages people prematurely as it dries out the skin so severely. This study by Harvard Health Publications explains why "women more vulnerable than men to alcohol’s negative effects, even after drinking smaller amounts".
5. Alcohol interferes with training- Training whilst hangover can be a torturous affair. I once went running after a night out and felt sick the entire time. I was dehydrated, nauseous and highly uncoordinated. 20 minutes later, I abandoned my workout for my bed. If you're seriously training several times a week, you might want to consider giving up alcohol altogether for the benefit of your training.