This is an absolute no judgment zone - I just have to start off with that. Believe me, I used to be able to throw back dranks with the best of them. In fact, I probably still would be had it not been for that darn 10 months of no alcohol stint I had to do while creating life! Geesh, Peyton! In all seriousness though, I have one or two drinks these days and I wake up with a headache. Please believe, I do try! Lol
I see so many of my friends on social media really out there trying to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. Gym selfies, pre-workout posts, protein powders - the whole nine yards - and to that I say, you better work! BUT, an intense workout followed by a night of binge drinking is pretty much counter productive. Yes, you may be maintaining, even losing weight, but please believe you are not treating your temple with the utmost respect.
Alcohol in general can be described as “useless/wasted” calories because of the lack of nutrients as well as the energy zapping stuff that usually follows consumption. If you are anything like me, you may enjoy an “instagram shot” worthy drink which is usually coupled with sugary mixers. This combo makes for a pretty picture but will deplete your body's energy levels and, once it gets into your system, is known to prevent the expression of other nourishing energy sources land. In lay terms: it will cause an influx of stored fat. So yeah, that workout you did this morning? Great, but now your body is keeping everything you have eaten since then, storing it up, and messing up your progress.
Even if you try to balance it out by working out the next day, you are still on a losing slope. The day after, your body is not allowing the glucose to circulate and there goes the energy your body needs to perform at it’s best. You want your pancreas to funnel it’s digestive enzymes to the intestines but unfortunately, too much alcohol will have the reverse effect and those enzymes will be drawn to secrete inside of the pancreas, and that’s no bueno! Basically, consuming alcohol can slow down your muscle growth and makes gaining weight not too far fetched.
So, if you can give up drinking for your health, that would be your best bet. If not, you can limit your happy hour experiences. Try to consume more “health conscious” drinks when you do drink, or I hear that consuming leucine the day after drinking can aide in reversing the blockage of muscle building that can be caused by drinking alcohol.
Now I am headed to happy hour, see you guys later! Just kidding!