Building Muscles and Alcohol Consumption

It may be fun to get drunk, but you probably don't know how much your muscles and alcohol don't get along. Drinking alcohol definitely has negative effects on your muscle gains.

If you're serious about building the most muscle you can, you should limit your alcohol consumption as much as you can. I'm not saying you can't drink at all, as everyone needs a social life. But try to avoid binge drinking nights as best you can.

Especially don't drink on a night before a workout day, or on a night after a workout day. And if you go out and have some drinks, try to limit it to only 1 or two drinks if you can. Also, if you're really keen on binge drinking nights, limit these alcohol sprees to only once a month or so.

Now you understand that building mucles and alcohol consumption doesn't really work together, let's take a look at some of the reasons why.

1. Alcohol dehydrates your body.

Your muscles are made of approximately 70% water, and water is a prime factor in your body being able to build muscle. So being dehydrated is not a good thing for those looking to gain muscle.

2. Alcohol depletes your body of vitamins and minerals.

Drinking alcohol causes a depletion of vitamins A, B, C, calcium, phosphorus and zinc in your body. These vitamins and minerals are vital to the muscle building process.

3. Alcohol increases estrogen and lowers testosterone.

Testosterone is the most important hormone in your body for muscle growth. Alcohol lowers testosterone, and to top it off, it even increases estrogen which is not a good thing for your muscle gains.

4. Alcohol slows down protein synthesis.

Protein synthesis is what building muscle is all about. Drinking alcohol can slow this process down by up to 20%. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know this is not a good thing!

5. Alcohol increases fat storage.

Alcohol contains 7 empty calories per gram, which have no value at all. This can be quite fattening. It also disrupts what's known as the "Krebs Cycle", which helps fat burning.

As you can see, alcohol has quite a few significant negative effects on your efforts to build muscle. If you do decide to go out and party, then make sure to drink plenty of water afterwards and have a protein-rich meal. Focusing your whole life on your muscle building program isn't a healthy thing to do, you need to have a balance.

So it's up to you how often and how much you drink. Just know that your gains will suffer. Muscles and alcohol don't go hand in hand!

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