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Guidelines for Alcohol

We know some folks who train hard but also enjoy some occasional drinking. If you drink, make sure to be smart about it! Let me give you some guidelines:

Drink in moderation

Drinking in moderation will not likely have a negative effect on fitness compared to when you binge drink. Limit yourself to 2-4 drinks at a time.

Be careful with food

Alcohol can lower inhibitions and lead you to overeat. So if you’re going to drink, make sure to stay away from high-calorie foods.

Drink less during a diet

Alcohol can displace calories which can lead to over-eating and further decrease your ability to recover from training. So if you’re on a diet, stay away from alcohol as much as you can.

Drink less when training is hard

Alcohol is toxic and can disrupt sleep. This will decrease your recovery abilities and will be detrimental in high-volume phases.

Choose your alcohol

Stick to low-calorie drinks such as hard alcohol or zero-calorie mixes. Avoid high-calorie, sugary cocktails.

I suggest staying away from alcohol, but in case you can’t help it, make sure to drink in moderation and be careful not to go way over your calorie goals as a result of drinking. Remember: the less alcohol you drink, the better your training results will be.

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