I usually workout before lunch and at dinner I sometimes enjoy a glass of red with a good meal. I know red wine has lots of health benefits like antioxidants.
My question is will the alcohol negate why workout? The reason I ask is that I sometimes feel low on energy after having a drink.
Energy wise will truly depend person to person. But from a physiological stand point, alcohol is all around bad for muscular hypertrophy. So if you are very serious about gains you should think twice about drinking. Also if you are looking for a shredded physique, alcohol is counter intuitive for that goal. Hope this helps or what not.
Thx Jovon. Do you think one glass is enough to really effect gains or does it require a certain amount of alcohol?
The way I view alcohol is the same way I view food. When I'm being strict with myself and have a specific goal I'll not have a drink the same way I'll not have a large plate of nachos.
When I'm feeling relaxed about the way I look or just wanna take a break I'll allow myself a drink but I'll try to fit in with my daily calories and macros. So given how high in carbs it is I'll have mostly protein all day up to the point I have a drink.
On other days though I look at it like this... If I don't just say "f*ck the calories and f*ck the macros. I want a drink dammit" then I'll get cranky. So I have a drink!
From a fitness perspective you'll never see alcohol being recommended as part of a diet plan, but you'll also hear trainers saying one glass won't kill ya so I'll always revert back to what I always say...
"Unless you wanna compete or get into single digit bodyfat numbers don't take it too seriously. Eat and drink healthy 80-90% of the time, try not to binge, and you can't go far wrong"
Oh just let me add: least it's better to workout and drink, than just to drink lol... just after very hard sessions, you should avoid alc for a better regeneration.
Lot's of sugars, I think as long as u don't over do it shouldn't be a problem
When I drank in the past and did some sports I never lost a gram....since I totally stopped 1 year and a few month ago, I train harder and lost 20 kg. The first 7 were really easy and fast to loose even without changing my sport routine, that was clearly the alcool stopping me to burn fat.I get much more energy since I stopped and increased my workout intensity, quantity, quality.
Thx for all the feedback everyone. Seems to be a consensus that it's definitely going to impede weight loss progress. I'll reserve it for special occasions until I reach my goal weight.
To be honest, I really like the idea of a glass of red a day or every other day. I think the antioxidants are definitely beneficial but even more so as a stress reliever. That may sound bad to some people but there's plenty of cultures that live this lifestyle and they seem to be less stressed and in my opinion stress is a very underrated health threat that a lot of people ignore.