is it ok to drink 1 day a week?
- 05-07-2008, 11:49 AM
- 05-07-2008, 12:19 PM
Yes. 1-2 days a week will hamper you gains tremendously (beyond belief if your waking up with a hangover every time). Reduced protein synthesis and dehydration at the top of the list (a long list) as to why I limit any alcohol to beyond rare. If you have to drink to the point of "drunk status" I would say keep it to a max of once a month and never if you are really serious about gains (but that is an extreme).
- 05-07-2008, 01:08 PM
05-07-2008, 01:46 PM
you're fine then. LIVE, go and LIVE for all of those who are not fine with themselves yet! we'd all LOVE a drink!!!!!
05-07-2008, 01:56 PM
05-07-2008, 02:06 PM
p.s.-that woman in your avatar is.......hypnotizing. i don't know why, but i just stare for about 10 seconds each time i see it.
05-07-2008, 02:18 PM
I'll have to agree with OCCfan here. on special occasions I wouldn't hold it against myself, but anything more often than once every couple of months is just slapping yourself in the face. Mani's right, it's ok to live a little, but I'd have to call bs on anyone using that as an excuse to get plastered every weekend. I would rather see you drink a couple brews with your meals 2 or three nights a week
than get plastered once a week.
05-07-2008, 04:09 PM
I was going to type out a big long thing, but I can sum it up with "alcohol greatly inhibits gains (whether cutting or bulking)". I can back that up first hand.
05-08-2008, 10:07 AM
if your not looking to BB and just want to look good then have a few beers but dont over do it
If your looking to BB then I would limit drinks like everyone has mentioned
05-08-2008, 10:13 AM
If you are getting a hangover, then whether you're a bodybuilder or simply maintaining, it isn't doing your body any good.
A couple of drinks, is no problem and in fact may help some people sleep better and de-stress a bit. But those who are accustomed to getting hammered won't limit their consumption to just a couple.
it's taken me two years to be able to control my drinking to once a week on Sundays with a couple glasses of wine at dinner time.
05-08-2008, 12:25 PM
It's ok to go out and let off some steam with friends. Just don't overdo it is my recommendation. What's the point of getting so plastered you can't function and need other people to help you walk? I've been in that position before. Had 3 shots and 13 beers within a few hours. It was fun, but it did more harm to me than good because my intensity was temporarily diminished and I definitely noticed loss of strength even a few days after the fact. Personally, I get more satisfaction out of success in the gym and with my body than with going out and getting hammered and crap.
But this doesn't mean you're not allowed to have a social life. Go out and have a drink or two. But make those drinks last for a while so you're constantly sipping on something. This way you don't feel out of the loop if you're with friends and you're controlling your drinking within reasonable limits. Make sure you eat if anything and your net loss shouldn't be very significant at all. Just remember if you're serious about BB'ing you're not gaining anything either from the experience. Still, if you're not specifically training for a show at any particular time where you must be totally and religiously dedicated, then you really have nothing to lose.
05-08-2008, 02:51 PM
Which one is better?
Personally I hate having a couple of drinks here and there during the night, no benefit IMO. I would much rather take a night..and really drink. However I usually only do this...once or twice a month.
05-08-2008, 03:35 PM
dude and i quote "everything in moderation is ok"
05-08-2008, 03:40 PM
05-08-2008, 03:42 PM
lol key word is moderation i dont know if illegal things fall in that though just some wise thing an old customer of mine told me.
05-08-2008, 03:42 PM
05-08-2008, 03:49 PM
05-08-2008, 07:01 PM
Not to deviate to much from the original topic but 40mins of cardio and 2 hours of lifting a day I serious overkill if you are just trying to maintain. You are putting a lot of stress on your system there and alcohol will hinder it ability to recover greatly. The everything in moderation works for both drinking and exercise. Now blow on the other hand, just go ballz to the wallz with that.
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05-08-2008, 07:15 PM
I would definitely recommend 1-2 servings of alcohol every day/night over getting wasted even one night a week. I don't see the need to get wasted, but that's just me.
Freedom means nothing here.
05-08-2008, 07:16 PM
05-08-2008, 11:14 PM
Pdigs i understand where you are coming from being a college student myself. I keep myself to one night a week getting drunk. I always drink half a gallonof water before bed, and have protein rich meal bfore as well. Then i set my alarm a few times during the night and drink h2o so the gallon is gone by the time i wake up. And although i do feel the effects the next day, i think they are greatly reduced and i dont see any real drawbacks in my strength or appearance thereafter.
05-09-2008, 01:02 AM
05-09-2008, 01:05 AM
05-09-2008, 01:23 AM
I agree with you guys.
Almost anything in moderation is okay, and when you earn a drink, cheat meal, etc... it is sooo much better! drinking that often will only hinder results, besides it being hollow calories, it will slow progress.
Also 40min of cardio & 2 hours of lifting EVERYDAY sounds kinda loco, unless u take really long breaks between sets or something? I used to lift for 2 hours when i first began, and i was doing 2 body parts together with 4-5 lifts per bodypart, so chest and back day was like 8-10 lifts and 4 sets on each usually. But now my workouts are 5x a week, for 1 hour or just over an hour of very quick and intense training. I think the muscles progress better that way personally.
05-09-2008, 09:46 AM
05-09-2008, 11:00 AM
Drinking alcohol in excess is never a good idea. With that said, there is no problem with having an occasional drink now and then, just remember that moderation is best! Something else to keep in mind: Alcohol has NO nutritional value whatsoever and in fact contains 7 calories/gram. Google alcohol and nutrition for more info.
05-09-2008, 12:41 PM
05-09-2008, 12:44 PM
Personally, I say drinking 1 day a week is going to be better for your physique than having a few drinks a couple times a week. Basically, when you drink your body's process' focus completely on metabolizing the alcohol, so any food you consume is going to be stored, not used for energy. So pretty much every time the bottle touches your lips calorie burning is halted.
05-09-2008, 12:46 PM
05-09-2008, 12:46 PM
05-09-2008, 12:50 PM
05-09-2008, 01:16 PM
Pdiggity, not everyone who enjoys a couple good drinks isn't a 50 year old dad easing the pain of growing old. lol. Why can't you have a couple drinks and leave it at that? You don't have to answer, because it's not about your personal preference to be a lush whenever you decide it's your drinking day. If we're talking about health factors and a solid, vital lifestyle, don't intoxicate yourself. Ever.
Freedom means nothing here.
05-09-2008, 01:39 PM
Notice, I said "for your physique". Coffee is also the number one source of anti-oxidants for Americans. Does that mean it is the best source of anti-oxidants? Man you gotta work on the whole condesending thing. You present a lot of critical viewpoints without anything constructive.
05-09-2008, 01:45 PM
Enjoy life, if you like to go out and get your drink on every now and again, have at it. To get back to your inital point (that usually gets diverted from because everyone wants to be a smart ass, or a one-upper) getting tipsy one time a week is not going to make you grow man boobs, or sink your testosterone. If you are drinking, my best advice is stay away from eating a XXL pizza at 3 am.
05-09-2008, 01:55 PM
You can get results exercising and still drink now and then, I'm not going to argue that one. When you're ready to get serious about it to the point where it becomes a lifestyle and not just a few good things in a few aspects of the whole package, then the drinking stops.
Freedom means nothing here.
05-09-2008, 02:33 PM
ya work will definitely change your workout routine! haha
but if you have free time now, im glad your taking advantage of it, just be sure to rest well and not over train. Personally i would take a day off and not lift anything, or maybe just do cardio.
I'm not sure about your goals or current situation, but if you eat right, and lift right, it will take care of most of it, then cardio can help drop weight & burn extra calories if needed.
I agree with nevergoodenough too. Heck maybe you'll live to be 120!
05-09-2008, 02:50 PM
05-09-2008, 04:10 PM
i dont think it is the actual alcohol that detours training, its definently the XXL pizza u eat drunk at 3am like neverenough said. i have noticed there is relavence to this in peoples arguments, they dont factor the poor eating habits while drunk
05-09-2008, 04:23 PM
05-13-2008, 06:36 PM
cuz i felt WEAK on my next workout after a GOOD night
o n btw i dont do this that much...it was a rare reoccurence of past bad habits that friends sometimes manage to lure me into:P..
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