Is small amounts of alcohol bad for people who are trying to put on muscle, is it bad for bulking or cutting, what is the general rule for alcohol and lifting?
Thread: Alcohol and lifting
11-30-2012, 10:30 PM #1
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11-30-2012, 10:47 PM #2“Vision creates faith and faith creates willpower. With faith there is no anxiety and no doubt – just absolute confidence in yourself.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
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11-30-2012, 11:17 PM #3
12-01-2012, 04:45 AM #4
12-01-2012, 05:52 AM #5
Personally i keep it to a minimum cause of how it makes me so unmotivated when hungover which obv in turn affects my workout. The excess calories, loss of certain nutrients & dehydrating factors as pointed out may have to be watched.
I would be surprised though if small alcohol intake for the average recreational lifter played a significant effect on hindering progress. It seems the general rule is that ~3 bottles of beers is not the end of the world & allows you if you want to have a social drink.
12-01-2012, 05:58 AM #6
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12-01-2012, 07:42 AM #8
On another note, the alcohol lowers protein synthesis is related more to alcohol's dehydrating effect.
12-01-2012, 07:48 AM #9
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As far as skeletal muscle hypertrophy goes, I suggest you don't drink to inebriation on your workout days. In other words if you want a drink or two after a workout I see no issue unless it interferes with your calorie intake. Also for obvious reasons don't drink to inebriation on days before you workout because working out with a hangover, well that shouldn't have to be explained.
So moderate intake is fine, if you are going to drink too much, don't do so on a day you workout and don't workout hungover. Other than that an occasional good time with friends is fine imo.
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