For some reason I find this research hard to swallow. Mainly, because I don’t personally drink that much. However, I do know plenty of people that workout hard and booze it up every chance they get. If you are one of the people that drinks based on the fact that you can “work it off at the gym.” Then you may want to rethink your strategy.
In past articles, I wrote about the affects of alcohol on fat storage. It seems the idea of hitting the gym hard and burning it off is good in theory, however, our bodies don’t seem to be on the same page. Since alcohol converts to sugar so fast .. it has the ability to store as fat long before you have time to hit the gym!
the study showed that the more booze, the more minutes spent sweating. Light, moderate, and heavy drinkers worked out 5.7, 10.1 and 19.9 minutes more per week, respectively. Also, drinking resulted in a 10.1 percent increase in the probability of vigorous physical activity.
French suggests that heavy alcohol use may be masked by the appearance of a healthy lifestyle and cautions physicians not to jump to conclusions.
“For example, taking into account only the patients’ levels of physical activity and perhaps diet would overlook potential alcohol use problems that could be detected and treated,” French writes. “Physically active individuals who engage in problematic drinking are often ‘‘healthy looking,’’ because alcohol use consequences are sometimes delayed (source).”
Obviously, this research is geared towards those people a the gym every Monday that are walking kegs. You know, the person that smells like alcohol so bad you could have swore he just came in from the bar. Make sure that you are drinking in moderation this holiday season.