CALORIES IN ALCOHOL:
Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram which does not stack up well when compared with the 3 macronutrients. Only dietary fats at 9 calories per gram contain more calories. Both carbohydrates and protein come in at a much lower 4 calories per gram. When you think that the majority of alcoholic beverage are also high in carbs and sugar, the comparison becomes even less favourable. Some cocktails contain over 600 calories per glass which can lead to you quickly gaining weight.
There are a number of studies that suggest various positive effects alcohol has on the body. Light consumption has been associated with better general health, increased lifespan, reduced cancer risk, reduced heart disease risk and diabetes prevention.
However, it is very difficult to pinpoint alcohol as the sole reason for these health benefits as there are a wide range of other lifestyle factors in play. For example, light drinkers normally have a better diet, better sleep patterns and exercise more regularly than none drinkers. So these potential benefits could be down to any 1 of these lifestyle factors.
In contrast to the benefits, there are plenty of confirmed disadvantages associated with both mild and heavy alcohol consumption. Light consumption has been associated with broken sleep, a higher breast cancer risk and a higher risk of liver damage in hapatitis C. Heavy consumption has been linked with a whole range of health risks which include arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), brain damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), depression, high blood pressure, mental problems, organ failure, skin problems, weight gain and much more.
The negative effects alcohol has on the body are quite significant and contrastingly the research behind the health benefits is pretty weak. That does not mean you cannot enjoy yourself and let your hair down every once in a while. A drink or 2 a couple of times a week or even the occasional heavy night on the tiles should not do any long term damage. However, when it comes to alcohol and fitness you need to moderate your consumption and keep it under control.
Tom Parker owns Free Fitness Tips which contains a wide range of articles on the nutrients that can be found in food. You can read up on the link between alcohol and fitness by visiting; http://www.freefitnesstips.co.uk/alcohol-and-fitness-can-the-2-go-hand-in-hand.html
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