Lots of aspiring athletes want to know if alcohol is really that bad if you want to build muscles or lose fat. Simple answer: Yes it is.
Drinking too much alcohol has a huge negative impact, not just on your muscle gains but also on your body.
If you truly want to achieve an impressive physique than you should know about these 5 ways that alcohol slows down your progress.
1. Alcohol Has Negative Effects on Protein Synthesis
When amino acids are connected together to form complete proteins, this process is called protein synthesis. Consumption of alcohol decreases protein synthesis by up to 20%. Your muscles are made of protein, now you get the point. Yes?
2. Alcohol Makes You Fat
It’s true, because with 7 empty calories 1g alcohol contains nearly as much calories as fat (9 cal). The Kreb’s Cycle is important when it comes to fat burning and guess what? Alcohol disrupts it.
3. Decrease of Testosterone Increase of Estrogen
Sounds like a really bad nightmare for every male athlete, right? The most crucial hormone for muscle-building is testosterone and a limiting factor of how much muscle mass a person can build is the amount of free-flowing testosterone.
4. Dehydration Caused by Alcohol
In order to break down alcohol, the kidneys have to filter a large quantity of water which causes dehydration within the body. Water plays a very important role in muscle-building and being just slightly dehydrated will have negative consequences. Muscles alone contain 70% of water.
5. Alcohol Empties the Body of Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are necessary to keep little processes in your body working correctly and lots of these processes include muscle growth and fat burning. Alcohol consumption causes vitamins (A, B’s, C) and minerals (zinc, calcium, phosphorous) to be emptied very quickly, something you definitely don’t want to happen to your body.
Now you see how alcohol can slow down your progress in muscle-building a lot so always think of these 5 points when you’re about to grab another beer. Is it really worth it?