How Does Alcohol Affect Your Fitness?

By December 28, 2018Nutrition
When setting your fitness goals, it’s not just about getting moving and getting to the gym- 70%+ of achieving your goals has to do with your nutrition. Watching what you EAT is half the battle- but what you drink also adds to your calorie count for the day- and this includes ALCOHOL. Especially during the holidays and family get-togethers and work parties, there is an abundance of alcohol available for the sampling. While moderation is always the key to ANY nutrition plan- alcohol can derail your fitness journey and set it on a new course if you’re not careful with your consumption.

Here’s how alcohol can negatively affect your fitness goals:

  • · Packing on extra weight: When you take in food (carbs, proteins, and fats) your body uses the calories for energy and stores the extra as body fat. Alcohol is not only added calories, but your body doesn’t process alcohol the same way or use it for energy, so it gets stored.

  • · Less Motivation to Workout: if you have been drinking alcohol at night and you’re supposed to get up early to get your morning workout in, it’s more difficult to get up and moving and in workout-mode if you have a slight hangover.

  • · Dehydration: alcohol is a diuretic, so you don’t tend to store excess water, which leads to dehydration- which is a dangerous combination with working out and sweating.

  • · Hinders your Metabolism: Alcohol has a negative effect on your metabolism and your liver needs to work harder to neutralize your systems after you’ve ingested alcohol. If your goal is to lose weight, you want your metabolism higher, not lower with alcohol.

  • · Alcohol Intake Negatively Affects your Overall Health and Well-Being: when you consume alcohol regularly your sleep is affected, your immune system is compromised, your muscle recovery slows, and you have an increased risk for heart disease and a higher risk for diabetes.