Monday, November 11, 2013

Can I drink alcohol and still achieve my fitness goals?

CAN I DRINK AND STILL ACHIEVE MY PHYSIQUE GOALS? ALCOHOL/WINE SLOWS THE PROCESS BY WHICH YOUR BODY BURNS FAT! dark chocolate, wine does offer some health benefits BUT also offers a halt in losing weight! If you are simply looking to lead a healthy lifestyle, then do not move forward with this post. But, if you are looking to lead a healthy lifestyle AND progress with your weight loss/physique goals, continue to read:) I pick on wine because I am most often asked about it or hear people say "but wine has health benefits to it." Regardless, alcohol calories you consume aren't stored. Instead, they're converted to acetate, a type of fuel that the body burns quickly. As a result, you burn off your alcohol calories before you burn the fat you are trying to eliminate by increasing your exercise and cutting back on your food intake. You can work wine into your healthy lifestyle, but to do so, you'll have to account for the calories. (However, for more extreme goals, such as a figure/fitness competition, alcohol should be completely nixed -‐to a competitor’s physique, alcohol is extreme poison)! And don’t think you can make up the damage, by doing extra gym time! That first sip has already caused damage and has halted progress. Unlike a fatty reward meal that has some benefits to the metabolism, alcohol has zero.

Alcohol/Wine is metabolized differently than other foods and beverages. Under normal conditions, your body gets its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins that need to be slowly digested in the stomach—but not when alcohol is present. When alcohol is consumed, it gets special privileges and needs no digestion. The alcohol molecules diffuse through the stomach wall as soon as they arrive. This reaction is slightly slowed when there is also food in your system, but as soon as the mixed contents enter the small intestine, the alcohol grabs first place and is absorbed quickly. The alcohol then arrives at the liver for processing. The liver places all of its attention on the alcohol. Therefore, the carbohydrates (glucose) and dietary fats are just changed into body fat, waiting to be carried away for PERMANENT FAT STORAGE in the body. When one is taking on a healthier lifestyle, working towards weight loss goals, I do believe that nothing should be completely nixed. This would not be lifestyle otherwise. When it comes to wine/alcohol though, you just need to be aware of the potential it has in slowing weight loss progress. In order to still enjoy some vino, AND achieve goals, I recommend to save it to one night a week, preferably a weekend night, after you've had a nice long consistent week of clean eating!

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