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Drinking Alcohol is KILLING Your Gains!

Drinking Alcohol is KILLING Your Gains!

Drinking Alcohol is KILLING Your Gains!

Have you ever wondered if drinking alcohol is killing your gains and hurting your ability to build muscle? If so, then you’re definitely going to want to watch this video. We’re going to talk about whether or not alcohol has as a detrimental effect on muscle growth as you might think.

When it comes to alcohol and body composition, we can’t just look at alcohol and building muscle, but also at alcohol and losing fat. In both cases, alcohol has a role to play. You might think that the answer is simple enough in that drinking is always going to play a negative role, no matter what. Well, you might want to change that way of thinking after watching this video.

Now, if you are looking to lose fat, there are some things you need to be aware of when it comes to drinking alcohol. As it turns out, if your caloric intake is kept constant, there is likely no effect that alcohol will have on keeping fat off. Here’s the the thing, though; it’s not so easy.

Sitting at 7 calories per gram, alcohol sits closer in its caloric range to fat than it does say protein or carbohydrates. Not only that, but alcohol is not very satiating. What this means is that you are likely to consume more calories from drinking than you might think. Imagine how many protein shakes you can drink in one sitting versus how many alcoholic drinks you can in a single sitting and then compare the caloric intake. Alcohol also halts the metabolism of fats and carbs as it prioritizes the processing of the alcohol. This means that those fats and carbs are more likely to be stored by the body in the form of body fat.

When it comes to drinking alcohol and body fat deposition, I think I have a huge advantage because as someone that doesn’t drink, I don’t have to worry about these factors when it comes to staying as leans as I do. So if getting as lean as possible is your ultimate goal, then I would invite you to explore the option of avoiding drinking alcohol all together.

But what if you don’t want to abstain from drinking alcohol like I do, what then? In that case, I have a few recommendations that can help you stay lean without having to give up drinking. First, make sure you are eating lower calorie-dense but higher fiber foods. Decrease your fat intake on days where you know you will be drinking as well as decreasing the number of calories you are getting from non-protein sources due to alcohol’s blunting of muscle protein synthesis.

What about building muscle? Well, when you consider drinking alcohol and working out, you have to consider how much you are drinking. As it turns out, 1-3 drinks is not going to have much effect on building muscle, as long as you are not getting drunk (more on that later). On top of that, it’s been shown that there is a small increase in testosterone as well. Don’t get too excited though, it’s not enough to make a clinical difference, but at the same time, it illustrates that it isn’t going down (which is obviously a good thing when it comes to building more muscle).

Where alcohol and building muscle becomes a problem is when the drinking comes to the point of excess (getting drunk). We can’t really quantify how many drinks this is because every person’s tolerance is different based on a multitude of factors including size and what type of alcohol is being consumed. Since we can’t put a specific number, we’ll just use the bench mark of intoxication.

Heavy drinking effects muscle growth in two significant ways that you are going to want to be aware of. First, drinking in excess has been shown to drop testosterone levels acutely. Knowing how important testosterone is to building muscle, any significant lowering of the hormone is going to be a problem if you are looking to grow more muscle. Not only that, but heavy alcohol consumption also affects how protein is processed by the body. Alcohol has been shown to have a blunting effect on muscle protein synthesis which means that your body is not converting the protein you are eating into new muscle.

So, is drinking alcohol killing your gains? Well, like in many other instances, it depends. You have to be mindful of how much you are drinking as well as what food choices you are making when you are drinking alcohol.

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  1. He's so obsessed with calories, but he says he has a sweet tooth and consumes a lot of frozen yogurt each day. I'd rather have gin and. Also Mark sisson is way older and doesn't count calories. He drinks dry farms wine.

  2. I’m not an everyday drinker or every week sometimes a weekend and I’ve been working out for more than ten years it hasn’t effected my gains but what it will do is affect your work out at least mine the next day that’s where it hits me and I notice the difference as opposed to when I haven’t drank at all the day before and I will also say my friends that worked out for years and became heavy, almost daily drinkers fell off from working out after a time all together

  3. Alcohol is the gateway drug. There is a reason its legal and why they call it "spirits" because it robs you of your spirit.

  4. one thing ive always wondered, is does alcohol have a negative effect on the nutritional value of the food your eating while drinking. For example, eating a healthy meal while having a few drinks. will you still get the same value of protein and nutrients, if you weren't drinking?

  5. What if you drink and absolutely love it? Its a genie you can't put back in its bottle. I'm in a similar situation with marijuana, I'm 48 and have never and since I'm almost AARP years old I've considered trying it just to see what all the fuss is about.

    But that being said you look skinny to the point of looking unhealthy, it probably wouldn't hurt to consume a few extra calories.

  6. For the most part I did love your video, however, I am a drinker myself. Definitely more than I should drink. And well I did find your video informational and hilarious; the guy joking around pretending to drink and try to get you to drink just made me want to drink more. Maybe try a different approach on this subject. I get where you guys were going with this but for others I feel like maybe it should be done a different way. Because I have been that drunk a******talking too much and interrupting videos. But at the same time very much I thank you so much I watch your videos all the time. At least for the last 4 weeks. I am a military veteran and I'm trying to get back into working out and at the same time trying to at least slow down my drinking. But I do appreciate your videos very very much. I've subscribed because watching your videos and a couple of others as far as building muscle mass and things of that sort it keeps me in the mindset to keep working out.

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