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    Alcohol and Exercise


    I've taken up hitting the gym seriously only for just shy of a year now.

    I've successfully lost a good amount of body fat, and have shifted my gears towards building muscle, and i've made some gains in that aspect of my gym routine.

    My question is this,

    I do have a drinking problem. I drink nearly everyday ( in excess more often than not ) , and only by my girlfriend breaking down recently in tears in front of me. . i have decided to go to AA classes.
    So how much is alcohol going to interfere with goals in the gym when it comes to building muscle?? This is really not an area i am educated in, and am just looking for some clarity as to how this is going to / and has been effecting me.

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    1. Alcohol is empty calories.
    2. Alcohol dehydrates you
    3. Alcohol slows down your metabolism
    4. Alcohol inhibits protein synthesis
    5. Alcohol blocks the absorption of nutrients to the muscles
    6. Alcohol lowers testosterone
    7. Alcohol increases estrogen
    8. Alcohol consumption is catabolic
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    wow, that really sheds some light on the issue. Good post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    1. Alcohol is empty calories.
    2. Alcohol dehydrates you
    3. Alcohol slows down your metabolism
    4. Alcohol inhibits protein synthesis
    5. Alcohol blocks the absorption of nutrients to the muscles
    6. Alcohol lowers testosterone
    7. Alcohol increases estrogen
    8. Alcohol consumption is catabolic

    Wow.

    Very helpful Hank, Thank You.

    #6 and #7 were especially suprising to me.

    Again, Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    1. Alcohol is empty calories.
    2. Alcohol dehydrates you
    3. Alcohol slows down your metabolism
    4. Alcohol inhibits protein synthesis

    5. Alcohol blocks the absorption of nutrients to the muscles
    6. Alcohol lowers testosterone
    7. Alcohol increases estrogen

    8. Alcohol consumption is catabolic
    This is why I haven't had a drop in months.
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    yes alcohol is horrible. summer time I slow down on the drinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCeltic View Post
    I've taken up hitting the gym seriously only for just shy of a year now.

    I've successfully lost a good amount of body fat, and have shifted my gears towards building muscle, and i've made some gains in that aspect of my gym routine.

    My question is this,

    I do have a drinking problem. I drink nearly everyday ( in excess more often than not ) , and only by my girlfriend breaking down recently in tears in front of me. . i have decided to go to AA classes.
    So how much is alcohol going to interfere with goals in the gym when it comes to building muscle?? This is really not an area i am educated in, and am just looking for some clarity as to how this is going to / and has been effecting me.

    Thank You.
    I had that problem a couple years ago, but then I came across someone who was built just exactly like I wanted to be. (Jerry) I devoured his posts, taking in everything I could. In doing this, I put together a meal plan that gave me mental clarity that I never had before and the desire to get to where he was overrode any desire I had to drink. Stick around, find someone on here that is where you want to be and let them be your inspiration. Get serious!!! get excited!!! Your GF will see the changes in you and you wont need to play those AA games in hopes of keeping her.
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    If you are interested in some of the more detailed mechanisms how it interrupts/ruins you bodybuilding, and also a bit of history I suggest reading http://www.rippednaturally.com/bodyb...f_alcohol.html .

    To add to hank's list
    9) Disrupts sleep
    10)Increases fatigue
    11) Decreases strength and aerobic performance
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    Farmboy & steve, thank you both for your responses. . and thanks for the link steve
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    Oh man, I forgot to add, welcome to the board JC. This was your first post.

    Good luck and just know that this is a solid group of people here.
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    Every day and you will have a super, really awesome, amazingly difficult time building muscle. I drink once a week heavily and it inhibits me a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentBob187 View Post
    Oh man, I forgot to add, welcome to the board JC. This was your first post.

    Good luck and just know that this is a solid group of people here.

    I appreciate the welcome Bob,

    I've made only one post and can tell people here and well intentioned and informative.

    Glad to be a member on the board now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentBob187 View Post
    This is why I haven't had a drop in months.
    Yeah I went from drinking about everyday to about 1-3 times a month due to how alcohol effects the body and I just don't like trying to train the next day or even 2 days after feeling like shyt!...and mind you I'm a college senior haha
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    so in all reality 1 glass of wine a night is pretty harmful. What alternative for relaxation do you guys use. I tried Phenibut but the hangover is crippling @ 5 in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjkriston View Post
    so in all reality 1 glass of wine a night is pretty harmful. What alternative for relaxation do you guys use. I tried Phenibut but the hangover is crippling @ 5 in the morning.
    nyquil
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjkriston View Post
    so in all reality 1 glass of wine a night is pretty harmful.
    no.
    excessive consumption is harmful.
    there are actully some health benefits associated with light consumption of red wine or beer.
    although alochol does everyting i listed previously, in moderate consumption it's really the empty calories that are most non-conducive to a true body building program.


    Quote Originally Posted by kjkriston View Post
    What alternative for relaxation do you guys use.
    marijuana: no hang-over. no calories. no impact on hormone levels. no impact on nutrient uptake by muscles.
    Last edited by Hank Vangut; 04-04-2008 at 08:42 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    no.
    excessive consumption is harmful.
    there are actully some health benefits associated with light consumption of red wine or beer.
    in moderate consumption it's really the empty calories that are most non-conducive to a true body building program.



    marijuana: no hang-over. no calories. no impact on hormone levels. no impact on nutrient uptake by muscles.
    Good Call! haha
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    i would have to say that this has been cleared up already by others. i will say one thing, though, from personal experience. i have at times had just ONE drink after a workout and the next day, i woke up sore. i DO NOT work out to get sore. i actually think that soreness is unhealthy, unless you have just a bit in the ol' legs, as they can/should take a beating.

    but i digress. alcohol, the main problem with it, having mentioned this brings protein synthesis to a halt. that's the main thing. without that, you are just sitting there with sore ass muscles that ain't better because of a workout; they're then worse.
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    by the way, welcome! sorry about that! hey, i'm a new guy here, too. but i don't feel too new, as people here have been really inviting and helpful. this forum isn't quite like others, as a lot of others have members that are.....i don't know....clannish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manimalia View Post
    as a lot of others have members that are.....i don't know....clannish?
    I'm BNB mutha trucka! Do you want karate?!

    Yeah no bad apples here, except for these weird banana guys. They're obsessed with Gwen Stefani... I keed Banana Death Squad, I keed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    no.
    excessive consumption is harmful.
    there are actully some health benefits associated with light consumption of red wine or beer.
    although alochol does everyting i listed previously, in moderate consumption it's really the empty calories that are most non-conducive to a true body building program.



    marijuana: no hang-over. no calories. no impact on hormone levels. no impact on nutrient uptake by muscles.
    I am tested so no go with the Mary Jane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjkriston View Post
    I am tested so no go with the Mary Jane.
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    [QUOTE=Hank Vangut;1287467]no.
    excessive consumption is harmful.
    there are actully some health benefits associated with light consumption of red wine or beer.
    although alochol does everyting i listed previously, in moderate consumption it's really the empty calories that are most non-conducive to a true body building program.

    im currently cutting and im planning on going out tonight and drinking, i rarely drink so would this hurt my progress much since i don't do it very often?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugger1 View Post
    nyquil
    x2 LOL!!

    I've worked nightshift for years, and nyquil still delivers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentBob187 View Post
    I'm BNB mutha trucka! Do you want karate?!

    Yeah no bad apples here, except for these weird banana guys. They're obsessed with Gwen Stefani... I keed Banana Death Squad, I keed.
    Don't make the BDS put a hit out on you bro.

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    I know about nyquil. I heard about Kratom powder. Any experiences? I cant find Kava Kava anywhere local is it worth ordering online?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    1. Alcohol is empty calories.
    2. Alcohol dehydrates you
    3. Alcohol slows down your metabolism
    4. Alcohol inhibits protein synthesis
    5. Alcohol blocks the absorption of nutrients to the muscles
    6. Alcohol lowers testosterone
    7. Alcohol increases estrogen
    8. Alcohol consumption is catabolic

    So HANK, If I Drink a lot of water and run a prohormone, and take a fat burner, Do you think I can sucessfully combat the negatives of alcohol??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugger1 View Post
    Every day and you will have a super, really awesome, amazingly difficult time building muscle. I drink once a week heavily and it inhibits me a bit.
    I wonder what you could be doing that 1 time a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateWA View Post
    So HANK, If I Drink a lot of water and run a prohormone, and take a fat burner, Do you think I can sucessfully combat the negatives of alcohol??
    So, you would rather drink heavily (money+health risks), AND run a prohormone, fatburner, and drink lots of water (money+health risks) instead of just drinking little or none at all while on cycle??

    I'm not Hank, but I would NOT run those two together. If you can't give up drinking little to none at all on cycle (which odds are it's methylated, and would hurt liver values ALONG with alcohol), then i'd say don't do it.

    Your body will thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    marijuana: no hang-over. no calories. no impact on hormone levels. no impact on nutrient uptake by muscles.
    No calories? Hank, do you have some anti-munching Devil's Lettuce? If so, I need some of that. j/k.

    I will say one thing though. Munchin' out on healthy food is kind of funny. Other people eating pizza, fast food, etc. and you are bashing grilled chicken and protein shakes. Just the job done, but always makes me laugh. The other laugh at it too, but then again, they are pretty fat.
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    assuming you got sh!thoused the night before what are the best ways to recover the next morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by jman3967 View Post
    assuming you got sh!thoused the night before what are the best ways to recover the next morning
    what's worked for me has been forcing myself up like an hour or so before i have to be up and slamming a gatorade or one of those vitamin waters and going back to bed, then when i do get up making sure i eat a bunch and drink a bunch of water. if it happens on day i'm supposed to lift i'll push it back to the evening. still hurts you at the gym though
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    Beer Study


    Yesterday, University scientists released the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer. Men should take a concerned look at their beer consumption. The theory is that beer contains female hormones (hops contain phytoestrogens) and that by drinking enough beer, men turn into women. To test the theory, 100 men were fed 8 pints of beer each within a 1 hour period. It was then observed that 100% of the test subjects:

    1) Gained weight.
    2) Talked excessively without making sense.
    3) Became overly emotional.
    4) Couldn't drive.
    5) Failed to think rationally.
    6) Argued over nothing.
    7) Had to sit down while urinating.
    8) Refused to apologize when obviously wrong.

    No further testing was considered necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by futurepilot View Post
    Yesterday, University scientists released the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer. Men should take a concerned look at their beer consumption. The theory is that beer contains female hormones (hops contain phytoestrogens) and that by drinking enough beer, men turn into women. To test the theory, 100 men were fed 8 pints of beer each within a 1 hour period. It was then observed that 100% of the test subjects:

    1) Gained weight.
    2) Talked excessively without making sense.
    3) Became overly emotional.
    4) Couldn't drive.
    5) Failed to think rationally.
    6) Argued over nothing.
    7) Had to sit down while urinating.
    8) Refused to apologize when obviously wrong.

    No further testing was considered necessary.
    LOL
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    Im not proud to say it but i am in college so give me a break, but i do smoke marijuana daily and still have a 3.7 gpa have 9% body fat and a nice figure with gains that just keep on coming. Are there any negative effects on training associated with marijuana? (besides the bull**** of lack of will and all the other bs things everyone says that haven't effected me over all of the time ive smoked)
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    if you get blazed it sends your test through the roof for a short period of time and then to way below normal. if you just take a couple hits it raises it and keeps it up without the sharp drop. i like it lets me up my calories by like 2000 a day haha

    vitamin water seems to be the one thing that works for most people but since alcohol inhibits the metablolization of glycogen (basically carbs) would eating bread cause more significant fat gain?
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    stay the hell away from prohormones or anything that is metabolized by the liver if you drink otherwise you are gonna be up a creek bro
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    I found taking a multi, or a B complex before drinking, and taking one with a ton of water in the morning helps alot.
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    alchol does no good for someone trying to get fit or cut up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    1. Alcohol is empty calories.
    2. Alcohol dehydrates you
    3. Alcohol slows down your metabolism
    4. Alcohol inhibits protein synthesis
    5. Alcohol blocks the absorption of nutrients to the muscles
    6. Alcohol lowers testosterone
    7. Alcohol increases estrogen
    8. Alcohol consumption is catabolic
    good cliff's notes. there's lots of in-depth information on-line showing how alcohol affects the body, particularly gains.

    the key is moderation. sounds cliche but many have yet to grasp that concept and apply it effectively.
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