To me… Vacationing = Indulging in Alcoholic Beverages   Leave a comment

Hey everyone! I’m here enjoying my 2 week vacation in Philadelphia with my family. It’s good to see everyone again.

Well, I knew it was coming when I arrived; all of my siblings together only means one thing… Black eyes, broken limbs, and loud violent arguments…

Just kidding, but my family does like to party and have a good time.

Now by party you know damn right I mean having a couple of drinks. But what should I be drinking if I want to maintain my physique and actually continue to mobilize fat loss and optimize my muscle gains?

Before I get into what to, and what not to drink, I want to go over some of the harmful effects that alcohol has on our body.

When we consume alcohol our body goes into a state of dehydration; no matter the type of alcohol. This is a big problem considering the fact that our muscles are made up of 70% water. The human body needs to be optimally hydrated to mobilize fat and optimize the amount of muscle that we can build.

Depleting our body of vitamins and minerals, alcohol also suppresses protein synthesis which means that it prevents our muscles from growing, repairing, or building as they should be able to without alcohol.

Alcohol also creates an effect in our body that lowers testosterone levels and raises estrogen levels. Having an optimal level of testosterone is responsible for many benefits such as packing on lean muscle without fat.

Estrogen is responsible for a lot of fat gain especially around the waist line.

Another thing you should know about the effect alcohol has on us is that our body is supposed to be metabolizing fat, but with alcohol in our system, our liver is too preoccupied metabolizing the alcohol in our body.

Now even though there are always pros and cons , I understand that alcohol is a part of our world. You are most likely going to want to have a drink now and then.

That’s the case for me, especially because I’m on vacation. The KEY is moderation.

If you are going to have a couple of alcoholic drinks, here are the best possible choices:

First choice is RED WINE!

Even though it has a higher sugar level content the positive effects that red wine have on our body outweighs the negative ones. It is high in antioxidants and is good for our cardiovascular system.

And the last choice… I did say a couple of drinks to mobilize fat and burn muscle.




Next best choice is PURE VODKA!

Research suggests that the sugar content is lower in pure vodkas than the other alcohols out there. Try mixing it up with some diet or club soda, but no tonic water. You could even throw in some lemons or limes.

Remember to have some water in between drinks.

These two alcoholic drinks are the best choices to minimize damage for muscle gains without fat if you do decide to indulge in a drink or two.




Another quick note; stay away from flavored vodka’s. They are not the same as normal vodka’s and the sugar content also varies between normal and flavored vodka’s

Stay away from flavored vodkas. don’t be fooled into thinking that flavored vodkas are the same as normal vodkas because they are not.¬† sugar content is a lot different in that than pure vodkas.

Thanks for reading :) Comments and ratings are appreciated.


Posted March 29, 2011 by garretrumbeaplan in Blog

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