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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2007, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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Alcohol and Exercise

Hey everyone. I've done some research on the science of alcohol and how it's so bad when you're trying to get into shape. Either way, I enjoy a good night out (too frequently) and was curious about everyone else's ideas on how to maintain a healthy balance between partying and continuing to improve cardio and strength conditioning.

And yes, I know, the best way is to not drink at all...but let's just assume that that is not an option!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-09-2007, 09:03 PM
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Alcohol really really slows down protein synthesis, so me...on nights I'm planning to go out and drink, I don't lift weights. I'll just do cardio: boxing/ running/ swimming. Hope this helps with your lifestyle, haha.

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i cant tell u much on this subject but my sister a senior who is gettin a major in health science under georgia this year told me that for every one drink (including 1 beer, 1 shot, or 1 mixed drink) basically cancels out a 45 minutes cardio excercize that you have done in the past 3 days. i also read it somewhere on the internet, that is y ppl get beer bellies so easily im guesing
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i cant tell u much on this subject but my sister a senior who is gettin a major in health science under georgia this year told me that for every one drink (including 1 beer, 1 shot, or 1 mixed drink) basically cancels out a 45 minutes cardio excercize that you have done in the past 3 days. i also read it somewhere on the internet, that is y ppl get beer bellies so easily im guesing
That's a little far-fetched if you ask me. Based off of that, if I were to work out including 45 minutes of cardio 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, and Fri) and I had 1 double (2 shots) on Tues and Saturday, I would actually be in the hole by 45 minutes. In fact, if I did that for 2 months I would actually end up in worst shape if that were true, and I know it doesn't happen that way. What is she modeling that off of, calorie counts? I don't buy that.

It is like when they say you lose 3 minutes off the end of your life for every cigarette you smoke. This only accounts for a margin of less than 20 years on a 70-year old adult who's been chain smoking since they were 13. Realistically, there would be way too many things to factor in that would either extend or shorten a person's life to concretely make that claim. Your sister's claim sounds like something that would be quoted in an anti-drinking campaign, more than something that can realistically be measured under scientific circumstances.

And the "Beer Belly" is caused by the swelling of your inner-organs (namely your liver, pancreas and spleen along with your intestines) caused by the additional stress of having to filter out excess toxins (namely alcohol) from your system. It has nothing to do with what you've stated above.

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And the "Beer Belly" is caused by the swelling of your inner-organs (namely your liver, pancreas and spleen along with your intestines) caused by the additional stress of having to filter out excess toxins (namely alcohol) from your system. It has nothing to do with what you've stated above.
Hmm...wow didn't know that. I know a group of girls who say that they're on a "beer diet" where they only drink wine and liquor because they don't want a beer-belly. So what you're saying is there's no such thing as a beer-belly, its pretty much just a toxin-belly? Right?

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Hmm...wow didn't know that. I know a group of girls who say that they're on a "beer diet" where they only drink wine and liquor because they don't want a beer-belly. So what you're saying is there's no such thing as a beer-belly, its pretty much just a toxin-belly? Right?
Indeed. It comes from the over-ingestion of alcohol. Sure, the arm-chair fitness lifestyle contributes to it, but the pregnant look is from the internal organs swelling (and then scarring--as in cirrhosis). So, yeah it can occur with other forms of alcohol too.

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Word. Thanx for the knowledge.

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I drink almost every night, and I'm in the same shape, but I guess it would be different if drank every night.
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Thanks for all the info. My friend is a fitness trainer and she recommended I stop drinking beer and switch to a hard liquor. There are still consequences from drinking hard liquor, but to a lesser degree because there is no longer the presence of barley.

Just wanted some other opinions and I've gotten those so far!

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