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.