Considering the fact that almost everybody has had a contact with alcohol some time in their lives, I assume that you know the outcome of over-comsumption of alcohol. A typical morning hangover tells the whole true story about alcohol effects.
Now, a simple combination of post-gym training with hangover affects says that together they don’t mix. Apart from the hangover’s dizziness, which can last all day long, there are other things in the battle between physical exercise and alcohol. Here are the facts.
To build muscles you need growth hormone. Don’t worry every human body possesses it, so you don’t need extra supply for it. The growth hormone has its peak in the early stages of the sleep, which is probably around 2 hours before midnight. Alcohol consumption happens mostly at night, when you are in a bar with your friends. Instead of resting the muscles form their daily workout with sleep, you put it to additional “work” of drinking and the muscles don’t get to grow naturally as they suppose to.
Testosterone is the key hormone for muscle growth. Their levels are higher in males then in females. When alcohol is consumed, the liver produces a substance that is toxic to the hormones. So, testosterone is always “not at work” when alcohol is there to block him.
After a physical exercise the body needs to restore energy; with alcohol present, the body needs additional energy to remove all the toxins from the system. And that is a lot of energy used when it is supposed to recover.
Alcohol always dehydrates the body. So all that water you drank when in the gym goes to waste. Even worse, the body doesn’t feel lack of fluids in the system, but also lack of food. So instead of eating healthy afterwards, people tend to eat a lot of junk food which we all know is not a muscle-building fuel.
So there you have it, the most important things you need to know about alcohol being involved in physical activity. There is absolutely no connection between them and there won’t be. You want a fit, muscular build body then lay off the alcohol.