If your goal is to get those ripped six pack abs and chiseled chest, then you need to seriously consider skipping happy hour with your friends and coworkers. The reason is because alcohol is proven over and over again to decrease a man’s testosterone level and increase fat storage!
Zeus juice, do it fluid, liquid panty remover. Despite the manly and funny names we assign to alcohol; the truth is that alcohol will actually make you less of a man, if you drink it excessively.
It’s true. Alcohol can increase your appetite and lower your testosterone levels for up to 24 hours after you finish drinking with your buddies. The damaging effects of alcohol on testosterone are made even worse when you exercise before drinking.
You may have already heard that alcohol contain empty calories which leads to the infamous beer gut, but that’s only part of the story.
According to studies done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, less than 5 percent of the calories from alcohol is stored as fat and the alcohol slows down your body in burning fat.
Here is how the study was done. There were two different groups of men. Group A were given drinks of vodka and Group B was given sugar-free lemonade. Each drink contained less than 90 calories.
After 30 minutes, fat metabolism was measured before and after consumption of the drink. For several hours after drinking the vodka, their bodies fat burning activities dropped by a massive 73%. It’s not the calories in the alcohol that is the killer.
Most people believe alcohol will be stored as fat, but the real killer of alcohol is that it gets converted into a substance called acetate by your liver. The studies show that blood levels of acetate after drinking the vodka were 2.5 times higher than normal. Now why is acetate so bad for fat loss?
It’s because when acetate is released into your body, your body will start burning the acetate before burning the fat in your body. And it appears this sharp rise in acetate puts the brakes on fat loss. So what is all this commotion about getting hungry when chugging down the alcohol?
Isn’t my metabolism increased and in turn, will burn more calories? Well, it’s true that your metabolism will be increased with alcohol, BUT studies have shown that people who drink alcohol before a meal tend to consume more calories.
Although drinking alcohol with your meal does increase metabolic rate, it also suppresses the number of fat calories your body burns for energy. Instead you will be burning acetate. And although drinking occasionally is okay, the results show that you cannot have a leaner, stronger body with excessive alcohol in your body.