Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Hour!

All Credit goes to Nate Green and his staff!  Great Article:

Not-So-Happy Hour
Alcohol isn’t all bad or all good. As with so many things, there’s a grey area. But when it comes to building a lean, muscular physique, you can’t be getting wasted and expect fast muscle gain.
Today we’ll cover the impact of alcohol on health, body composition, and your attempts to get ripped

Why Alcohol Isn’t Muscle-Friendly
Alcohol provides 7 calories per gram (in comparison to the 9 calories per gram of fat and 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate or protein), making it a rich source of energy. But even though it’s energy-dense, alcohol is an extremely poor fuel source.
Instead of using the fuel for good stuff, your body instead decides to deposit it in your fat cells. And with the average beer coming in at over 140 calories, a night on the town will give you a few extra hundred crap calories.

Most guys and gals think they’re being smart by choosing vodka over beer (“Less carbs! I’m a genius!”), but they’re forgetting about metabolism regulation.
When you introduce a load of alcohol to the body, it throws the body’s normal metabolic processes out of whack. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days (depending on how much you drink) for your body to get fully back on track.

Ever notice how the next morning after a bender you feel sluggish and sick? Among many other things, that’s your body’s way of telling you that whatever you did last night was metabolically stupid.
We could go into a diatribe about acetaldehyde and acetate, but what’s the point? Good luck properly digesting 1500-2000 good calories the next day when your metabolism is still sucking wind.

Poor workout performance
This one’s pretty self-explanatory as well. With all the crap your body’s still dealing with you can forget having the best workout of your life for 48 or even 72 hours after a heavy night of drinking.
There’s no disputing the damage done. So do yourself a favor and stay away from binge-drinking while trying to get Brawny.

Moderation, Moderation?
But coach! What about moderation? Isn’t a glass of wine with dinner a good thing?
The truth is, the purported benefits of a moderate intake of alcohol are somewhat misleading. All the positive benefits provided by a glass of wine can be obtained through diet, exercise, and supplementation, without the toxic effects of ethanol.

So there really aren’t any fool-proof arguments for moderate drinking.

Cheers to getting ripped!

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