You bust your butt in the gym. You eat well and pay attention to the foods you put into your body. So, it’s no big deal if you like a regular nightcap or partying on the weekend, right? Um. No so much.
While occasional drinking isn’t a big deal, regular alcohol consumption and binge drinking can stall your progress in terms of training and body composition. Why?
Based on numerous studies, alcohol can do things like:
- Negatively affect sleep.
- Upset normal hormone function, namely reduced testosterone and increased estrogen.
- Disrupt fat burning.
- Stall your recovery.
- Affect muscle protein synthesis.
- Dehydrate you.
Alcohol also packs in lots of calories and, as many of us can attest, it can lead to the “munchies.”
One or two drinks here and there aren’t a big deal, but when you go overboard and have 4, 5, 6+ in one sitting, therein lies the problem.
So, if you’re looking to become the leanest and strongest you can be, you may consider ditching the booze.