By Coach Nathan McVeigh
We have been engulfed and brainwashed by the marketing of big liquor brands along with peer pressure surrounding such events when mates don’t have the same goals as yourself.
Alcohol (ethanol) is a depressant drug and slows the Central Nervous System
It is first oxidised by the body and becomes Acetaldehyde which is highly toxic.
It also secretes anti-diuretic hormones.
It causes Vagal Neuropathy – creating inflammation and oxidation stress
May or may not enhance gastric emptying
Alcohol decreases NEAT on the following day which means less calorie expenditure
Decreased inhibition, therefore increasing the likelihood to over-consume calories, and; decreasing likelihood to make conscious decisions that benefit our goals such as training, increasing step count or other activities
Your performance may suffer in the gym the following days after consuming alcohol
Although, if you can’t and you tell yourself you won’t have any alcohol but when the occasion arises and you do; it’s best to be prepared. Instead of saying you won’t have any, you’re better off deciding prior how much you will have. This way you can set boundaries around how often you will drink, how many calories worth you will consume and track, planning your training and goals around this so that you don’t completely go off the plan and not know how to stay on track.
Yours in health,
Coach Nathan McVeigh
Clean Health Fitness Institute
- Gregory Traversy and Jean-Philippe Chaput, “Alcohol Consumption and Obesity: An Update”, January 8, 2015
- Philippe de Timary and more, “The Loss of Metabolic Control on Alcohol Drinking in Heavy Drinking Alcohol-Dependant Subjects”, July 9 2012
- Alex Paton, “Alcohol in the Body”, January 8, 2005