Can both alcohol and fat loss occur for individuals? Are you able to drink and get shredded? How much is the limit of drinking, if there is one, and still stay lean and fit? Let’s find out.
Overwhelmingly, dietitians, health experts and fitness coaches agree that consuming alcohol is the first thing people should stop doing, or at least keep to a minimum, if they want to become healthier, fitter and more muscular.
That might be easier said than done, as drinking is socially inviting and keeping a glass of beer away could be even harder for some folks. So, are alcohol and fat loss not interchangeable? That is what Dr Mike Israetel, PhD in Sport Physiology and co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, decided to shed a light on.
Alcohol and Fat Loss
According to him, there are 6 characteristics of alcohol consumption that you should know that hinder fitness goals.
- Prevents fat burning
- It is co-ingested with sugars, increasing caloric consumption
- Disrupts sleep
- Increases fat liberation to the liver
- Potentiates binge eating
- Interferes with next-day/NEAT/recovery
If you still want to drink alcohol now and then, or can’t help yourself, keep these considerations in mind to be able to drink and have the smallest effect on fat loss:
- Stick to straight liquors
- Drink on an empty stomach (but be careful)
- Have as few drinks as possible to get the job done (if you just want to feel a bit tipsy, stop when you feel like it and don’t keep on drinking)
- Be active – dance as much as possible to burn the calories you are ingesting
- Do not binge eat after drinking
- Stop drinking a minimum of 2 hours before going to bed – sleep quality will increase
- Don’t drink too often and naturally detox your body
So yes, as you can see from Dr Mike Israetel’s points above, alcohol and fat loss do not go hand in hand. Ideally, you should not be drinking at all during a weight loss phase and go back to drinking after you reached your goals.
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VIDEO – Alcohol and Fat Loss
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