Alcohol and Muscle Gain
Alcohol, in moderation, can be good for you. Just ask all those glass-a-day wine drinkers out there.
On the other hand, overindulgence of alcohol is one of the major reasons for ruining not only your physique, but your health as well. It’s a dangerous game to play, yet many bodybuilders and weight trainers go overboard on alcohol.
If you really want to maintain your six packs (abs not beer) and your mass, you have to be conscious about drinking alcohol because it can cause deterioration of muscle fiber.
What are the effects of alcohol in your body?
1. Increases estrogen and decreases testosterone levels.
If you wanted to increase your muscles, then you have to maintain or increase the levels of testosterone inside your body.. It will be a loss on your part, as men, if you allowed estrogen to overcome your testosterone levels because that can also cause secondary female characteristics.
2. Affects protein synthesis
You know that protein is one of the most important nutrients that your body needs in order to gain those additional mass. When you hinder protein synthesis because of too much alcoholism, you tend to hinder for protein to be distributed all throughout your body. Protein synthesis will be slowed down about 20%.
3. Strips the body of minerals and vitamins.
Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body which promotes increase excretion of minerals and vitamins inside the body. When too much alcohol is consumed, it tends to strip off some of the important elements that our body needs, namely Vitamin A, B complex, C, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. These elements are drained in rapid manner which can cause comprises to our body’s chemical balance. In order to function properly, one must maintain a sufficient amount of minerals and vitamins inside the body to support muscle growth.
4. Dehydration can and will occur.
Around 70 percent of muscle is water. Since alcohol is a diuretic and irritant, your body can quickly dehydrate when drinking heavily. Too much drinking leads to massive dehydration and muscle loss.
4. Increases storage of fats
Many drrinkers are known to possess large bellies, hence the term beer belly. That’s because alcohol can trigger deposition of fats inside our bodies. Alcohol contains about 7 calories every gram which is the main reason why alcohol can make people fat in an unnatural way.
You have to take care of how you manage drinking especially if you want to maintain, as well a grow, muscle. A few drinks occasionally aren’t bad as long as you can handle the effects. Otherwise your muscle gaining goals can be totally affected in a very negative way.
In other words, if you can’t drink in moderation, don’t drink at all.
Your muscles will thank you for it.