This is What Alcohol Does to Fat Loss (it’s why I stopped drinking)

this is how alcohol affects your workout your exercise your athletic performance I know there's a big movement right now for the sort of cessation of alcohol and abstaining from it as much as possible and I've always been a big proponent of that but when it comes down to the workout performance it's always confused me because there are really top tier athletes that I know of that still treat themselves to alcohol and they do it quite on the regular so what I'm understanding from this research is that if that were to stop they might even be better athletes let's dive into how this works maybe I'll encourage you to make a change after today's video check out Thrive market now specifically related to this video Thrive Market carries something called hop water h-o-p-w-tr this is a really cool beverage that is made from hops that still gets you like a nootropic effect but it's really good for people that are coming off alcohol I have zero fiduciary obligation to say anything about hot water this is my own personal experience and my experience in helping people get off of alcohol where I've found that hot water works really well also Thrive Market does carry that but they also are an online membership-based grocery store so anything that you want including hot water you can just search for but also sort my different diet category and Shop by diet category so that link is down below and it saves you 30 off your entire first grocery order plus a free gift so definitely recommend you check them out it's awesome awesome and it can change how you shop forever so that link is down below so here's what happens when alcohol enters your system okay there's a couple of things metabolically that happen first alcohol converts into acetaldehyde and acetaldehyde is literally a toxin for the liver right so the liver has to prioritize all metabolism of that first okay so it deals with the ethanol deals with the acetaldehyde and all metabolism everything like that takes a back seat until that's done but that's not really a big issue for you with your athletic performance because you're probably not working out drunk and if you are you have bigger problems like dropping a dumbbell on your foot or your face but it's still important to note that from a metabolic level things change now what we're also starting to see within the research is that alcohol impairs something called gluconeogenesis or gng for short now G and G is where the liver takes other substrates fat protein and it converts them into glucose okay now this sounds like a bad thing you're like why would I want to break down my protein into glucose well it's actually very important when you're working out because your liver is trying to help make sure that you have sufficient amount of glucose in the bloodstream if you are impeding this then you are making it so that you run the risk of going hypoglycemic or at the very least dips in blood sugar that will impact your performance as far as glycolytic pathways are concerned being able to draw glucose into a cell for oxidation to create energy but that's a really small scale thing what we're seeing in the research is what's happening is much more as far as a muscle contraction is concerned and dehydration so we'll talk about both of those it's very very nuanced but also very very cool stuff so alcohol inhibits calcium channel actions within the muscle cell now in English what that means is it's basically stopping the action or slowing the action of calcium in a muscle cell to allow that muscle cell to essentially contract okay so if the muscle cell cannot contract you lose contractile strength I mean obviously it doesn't stop them from Contracting altogether otherwise you wouldn't be able to move your body when you drink okay but it limits that contractile strength when you need to move a muscle it starts in your brain you send an action potential down your nerves with sodium potassium kind of bouncing off of each other and creating this energy that's coming down your nerve or signal action potential and that goes to the muscle cell and then calcium takes over and triggers this contraction and then magnesium potassium play a role in sort of the relaxation and it's kind of complex after that but the Simplicity of it is if calcium is not in the equation or limited you lose contractile strength okay that's one thing but again we're not working out drunk but this effect can last the day after drinking as well believe it or not there's sort of a muscle relaxant effect that comes with alcohol which we all know because people drink alcohol when they're in pain but anyway let's put that away the dehydration piece is a huge one because what happens is for every one gram of alcohol you lose about 10 milliliters of water it doesn't sound like much but that adds up quickly now when you lose that much water that's already putting you to a pretty dehydrated state plus you're probably not rehydrating properly when you're drinking not to mention that you have a vasodilation effect that occurs so if you've ever looked at someone that's been drinking usually they're like kind of veiny and they're flush and they're red that's because they have more blood flowing to the extremities into the surface to the periphery and what happens there is evaporation occurs so it's like when you were to go out for a run you'd get more vascular because you're trying to cool and you have evaporation that happens well with that you lose even more water then to add insult to injury you have an inhibition of antidiuretic hormone ADH so that is normally what helps refuel or rehydrate based upon where your levels are at when that hormone is down you do not have the self-regulation to retain water in the right spots so this is going to increase your risk for injury but it's also going to decrease performance so we come back to this whole like okay amazing athletes that still party hard okay they can probably still push it and prefrontal cortex their way through it but are they flirting with serious injury and not even realizing it because the chronic dehydrated state they're in and lack of possible muscle contraction maybe it's happening in small stability muscles the bottom line is if you were to start looking at the data you're probably able to find that there is an increased risk in people that drink more as far as injury is concerned versus people that don't you just have to ask yourself the question if alcohol is a poison is it something you really want to be taking in if you're worried about your athletic performance there are much better ways now to combat the fatigue and combat the soreness and the stress that comes with being someone that exercises a lot or an athlete just to give you a little bit of some tips on things that you could Implement you could try things like magnesium okay mess around with varying magnesium dosages to try to see if you get a calming effect mess around with things like theanine mess around with things like Gaba okay messing around with various types of adaptogenic mushrooms ashwagandha rhodiolo rosea for other adaptogens lion's mane all these things can even be mildly mood altering if you take them in high enough amounts okay there's also things like kava kava is huge now some people will say that kava is hepatoxic but it all depends on the filtration it's less about the pure Cava extract and more about are you getting some of the saponins and the other components that are in it right so you don't just want like any basic kava again not a plug for a product the one that I do like is called true Cava it's really really clean so that's one that you could try because that's going to affect the brain in a very similar way to alcohol without the impairment and without a lot of the drawbacks so that's like a Fijian drink you see a lot in the South Pacific Islands see it in Hawaii a lot my humble opinion is feels better than alcohol because I don't feel dirty and gross and anyhow if you absolutely must drink alcohol probably the most important thing that you should pay attention to as an athlete is going to be proper hydration so if you're mixing a drink like maybe you're using vodka or something like that vodka and water or vodka soda whatever try adding electrolytes to it okay I use the element electrolytes I'm a big fan of them okay they're high in sodium they have a little bit of potassium magnesium another thing you can do in addition to making or mixing drinks or just adding element or electrolytes to your lifestyle like two and a half grams of creatine okay what that's going to do is that's going to help draw water into the muscle cell keep you a little more hydrated again it doesn't make it okay to drink like a fish but I can help counteract at least the dehydration effects as always keep a lot to hear my channel I'll see you tomorrow

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