We have all heard health organizations and fitness trainers give cautionary warnings about the effects of alcohol on our health and fitness. If your goal is weight loss then alcohol is counter-productive to your goal. I may be striking the obvious here but it is worth remembering everyone that alcohol can literally sabotage all of your healthy eating efforts to strike out all that you are doing well with your training and clean eating.
Things you need to know about alcohol and your fitness goals.
- Alcohol is high in calories compared to protein and carbohydrates. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram where as protein and carbohydrates contain 5 calories per gram.
- Calories from alcohol do not provide nutrition, and will not satisfy your hunger. This is the reason why it is easy to keep drinking once you are on a roll. It's easy to get carried away with a drinking session once you start.
- Alcohol slows your fat burning. Putting it in layman's terms your body will burn off all the alcohol you've consumed before it then turns to carbohydrates and fat.
- There is a direct correlation between higher Body Mass Index (BMI) results and excess alcohol consumption. A recent study has shown that those with the lowest BMIs drank 3 to 7 times a week but only had on average 1 drink per drinking session. Those with higher BMIs drank less on average but had more drinks per session. (Ie Binge drinking)
- Beer and wine contain a lot of carbohydrates in the way of sugar., Which can lead
- to cravings and bloating. Mixed drinks are the worst of
- the lot, as they contain all sorts of added sugar and
- Just like so called low-fat foods, "low-carb" or "zero-carb" alcoholic drinks are very much a gimmick targeted towards a health conscious market. Keep reading below for better choices for alcohol consumption.
Better choices for alcohol:
- Distilled liquor is technically a straight liquor and contain no carbohydrates. Where this option typically falls down is the mixer which tends to be a high sugar soda drink or high sugar juice option. If possible find a low sugar option to mix in with your spirits.
- Sipping wine instead of beer and high sugar cocktails has been shown to be the best option if you are wanting to partake in alcoholic drinks while on a diet or ongoing nutrition plan.
Alcohol is a big part of our culture and society. When consumed in moderation it helps us to relax and adds to a great social atmosphere with friends. I have personally seen people make the decision to switch to drinking a glass of wine instead of beer and mixed drinks with really good results as far as weight loss results go.
If you are determined to drop some weight from your body it is a really good idea to abstain from alcohol for period of time. Once you have trimmed down and are training harder, then re-introducing alcohol in moderation (Ie a glass …Read More
First off let me tell you that I am not a physical fitness nut, or instructor. In fact, I am about as far from that as one can get. I do believe that keeping your body in shape is a great source of pride and most certainly should add to your longevity.
With that being said, I will admit that I do not pursue that particular way of maintaining my body, or my mind. That's another story in itself. What I would like to share with you are some of my thoughts on how one of the ways being promoted in the physical fitness arena others me.
We are bombarded with ads on TV about the many different styles and types of equipment that can help us maintain our bodies. Everything from the simple to the complex. Since I am not personally using any of these, I am not able to tell if they actually do what they are promoted as being able to do. But, there does seem to be two common areas for all of them.
The first and most profit is that they are all made affordable to us. From the easy one time out of pocket expense, to the extremely reasonable monthly payment plan. This means that in reality, nobody should use the excuse of not being able to afford it! That being said, I do have a slight issue with the second common area.
I know some of you will say I am being a bit picky, but I am on the outside looking in. It seems as though every ad I see has either a woman, or a man, who appears to be in the best shape of their life. I realize that in order to promote the individual product, it sure helps to have a healthy looking man or woman showing you how easy it is, but I wonder how many people are looking at these ads actually see themselves in that light?
I am sure there would be far fewer sales if I was shown using the equipment! After all, who wants to see a regular average Joe with a bit of a pot on TV?
I guess I would just like to see, every once in a while, Joe or Jane average instead of those who look as though they had been continuously working on their bodies for years. For those who do, good for you !! It's just a bit of a stretch for me to even dream that 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week would ever get me looking that good.
If I am wrong, someone, anyone, please ship me one of those puppies so I can start looking like I feel !! …Read More