Alcohol can ruin your muscles

If you're a bodybuilder, or a bodybuilder wannabe, there's something that you need to know about and to avoid. That thing is alcohol.

Alcohol is an enemy of bodybuilders. If interrupts and inhibits muscle development, and adds unwanted fat to that lean sleek body that you've been trying to build. Drinking alcohol may seem like a manly thing to do to some, but those who know better know that it has turned many a ripped physique into unhealthy, fat slobs.

Just what does alcohol do to your body that causes this?

1. It increases estrogen levels and decreases testosterone levels
Estrogen and testosterone are antagonistic -- they tend to cancel each other out. You need elevated testosterone levels in order to help grow and maintain muscle mass. By drinking alcohol, you reduce your testosterone levels, making it difficult if not impossible to maintain your level of muscularity.

2. It hinders protein synthesis
You need protein in order to build muscle mass and to repair existing tissue in your body. If your body can't take the protein you feed it and convert it into the material it needs to build and repair tissue, then your bodybuilding will stop, and your muscles will start to slowly wither away. Alcohol has been known to inhibit protein development by as much as 20%.

3. It causes your body to lose vitamins and minerals
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee a lot. Hence the joke that when you go to a bar to drink beer, that you're not really buying beer, you're merely renting it. When you pee a lot, you end up pushing out minerals and vitamins that are essential to good health and to muscle development. These vitamins and minerals include vitamins A, C and the B complex, along with minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and zinc. With any sort of nutrient deficiency, you become unhealthy. And if you're unhealthy, you can't put in the requisite effort to build and maintain your muscle mass.

4. It causes dehydration
Because alcohol is a diuretic, you lose water. If you drink alcohol, you end up having to drink lots of water afterwards in order to replenish the water lost in the urine. Being dehydrated causes your body to unable to create the new muscle fiber.

5. It causes the storage of fat
Most alcohol contains a lot of calories. Calories that aren't "burnt" are converted into fat, which is stored normally in a person's waist. Which is why heavy beer drinkers have "beer bellies". Drinking too much alcohol on a consistent basis means that fat will be deposited around your body taking away the muscle definition that you exercised so hard to get.

An occasional drink won't cause harm. But becoming a "one of the boys" drinker is a guarantee that your muscular physique will disappear.

Seek and Learn Free printable crosswords Free printable sudokus Articles on health

Copyright 2008 Mirroreyes Internet Services Corporation.