One Drink, Two Drinks, Three Drinks….
Alcohol is something we can run from, but can’t hide. With the summer months fast approaching, individuals will be consuming drinks that are harmful to that summer bod they’ve spent months working for. It’s tough to be the person that politely declines a drink, because everyone suddenly asks you, “why aren’t you drinking?” Summers are for cocktails and pool time right!? But the truth is, time spent relaxing can still be fun, without an alcoholic beverage in hand, remember that.
Hey, we’re not telling you to cut it out cold turkey, but we just want to give you the facts so that when you are taking back that shot, or grabbing a drink from the bar you know exactly what effects it’s going to have on you.
Let’s start with the basics. Yes, alcohol is bad for fitness, but why? Alcohol is a diuretic, and it acts on the kidneys to make you pee out, much more than you take in. For every 1g of alcohol you drink, urine excretion increases by 10ml. Alcohol also reduces the production of a hormone called vasopressin, which tells your kidneys to reabsorb water, rather than flush it out through the bladder. During the drinking process, this signal is turned off which leaves your bladder free to fill up with fluid.
In addition, we rarely are just drinking a plain shot of vodka, so you have to consider all of the sugary, calorie filled mixers you are adding to your alcohol. One cup of cranberry juice cocktail has 34g of carbohydrates and 30g of sugar! We rarely just enjoy one single drink, so consider that if you have 5 cocktails in one night out and that is over 548 calories and 170g of carbohydrates! All those extra calories can really add up quickly and affect your waistline.
Now that the boring stuff it out of the way, let’s get to some helpful tips and facts to keep in mind while you’re enjoying a beverage.
Drink water between each drink to keep your body hydrated
Know your limit of how many drinks you can have before going overboard
Alcohol usually leads to overeating so stop when you feel even a little out of control
Limit sugary mixers and stick with club soda and lime
Understand that alcohol is a toxin that affects your metabolism – once your body consumes it, it works to metabolize it to get it out of your system, so do NOT binge drink!
Alcohol effects muscle recovery. Your body works as a unit, so when one part is down, the others are affected
Alcohol increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease and increases the risk of breast cancer in women.
Alcohol limits for women = no more than 1 drink a day; Limits for men = no more than two drinks per day
Sub out a cocktail for a “mocktail” to fit in with friends but stay on track with your fitness goals!
Keep these facts in mind when you’re going for your next beverage! If you have any questions, drop us a line!