New York, NY (PRWEB) July 27, 2010
It is a commonly held belief that people who eat well and exercise regularly can have a few drinks each week without it affecting their ability to lose weight. According to personal trainer Kevin Richardson, who has worked with hundreds of people over the course of the past two decades, and several published studies, this isn't the case.
After two decades of working with men and women of all ages and fitness levels, Richardson (http://www.NaturallyIntense.net) has identified a key component that impedes the body's ability to lose fat., Consuming alcohol, even one drink per week, will prevent the body from properly utilizing fat as an energy source.
Why does alcohol have such a negative impact on weight loss and performance? According to Richardson one theory is that alcohol is high in calories and in order to lose weight one must always burn more calories that you consume, but he says this has nothing to do with why alcohol has such a negative effect. "The real problem is that alcohol works to reduce the amount of fat your body is able to burn while increasing your appetite and lowering your testosterone levels for up to 24 hours after your last drink," says Richardson.
According to his experience and published research, Richardson says after having a drink or two:
- some of the alcohol consumed is converted into fat
- the liver converts most of the alcohol into acetate
- the acetate is released into the bloodstream and replaces fat as a source of fuel
- the alcohol raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol which acts to increase muscle breakdown
- the alcohol reduces testosterone levels
- the alcohol intake increases appetite making it more likely that the individual will overeat
While many believe that beer bellies are a result of excess calories consumed, Richardson points to studies that indicate that on average less than 5% of alcohol calories are converted by the liver into fat. Instead the main problem with alcohol is that it reduces the amount of fat a body is able to burn for energy. He cites a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999 where eight men were given two drinks of vodka and sugar-free lemonade in half hour intervals. Each drink contained less than 90 calories and fat metabolism was measured both before and after consumption of the drinks. For several hours after drinking the vodka, whole body lipid oxidation, which is the rate at which your body burns fat, was reduced by 73%.
Instead of being stored as fat, the liver converts alcohol into acetate which is then used as an alternative fuel source, replacing fat as the primary source. In the study it was found that blood acetate levels were 250% higher than normal and this sharp increase in acetate goes a long way in inhibiting fat loss.
Alcohol also stimulates the appetite. Richardson points to the fact that the French word 'aperitif' refers to an alcoholic drink consumed before meals in order to increase appetite. A Canadian study documented in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders in 2002 showed that an aperitif increased calorie intake far more thana carbohydrate-based drinks, a finding that has been validated in other studies as well.
Can You Have Maximum Weight Loss And Still Drink Occasionally?
Having alcohol with a meal will increase your metabolic rate, but it will also reduce the amount of fat your body burns for energy — far more so than high protein, high carbohydrate, or high fat meals according to an article in a 2003 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. While a drink once in a blue moon might not do that much, it is important to understand that to maximize fat loss and muscle building efforts to create a truly lean and sculpted physique, alcohol is definite liability.
"It isn’t always easy, especially in many social situations, to say no to a drink, but if you are serious about losing weight and burning fat, you should understand the consequences of what you consume. It is easy to become frustrated with trying to lose those final pounds, and it is often easier to pretend that certain actions won't make much of a difference, but my experience, and the studies, clearly demonstrates that consuming alcohol, even a minimal amount over the course of a weekend, can inhibit the good work you have been doing by eating right and exercising all week," emphatically states Richardson.
Kevin Richardson is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on high intensity training and is one of the most sought after and respected personal trainers in New York City. Richardson’s Naturally Intense High Intensity Training 10 Minute Workouts™ form the basis of his success as a champion drug free bodybuilder and martial artist and for the hundreds of individuals he has trained over the past two decades. With branches and trainers in New York City and Tokyo his clients range from those simply seeking to lose weight and get into better shape to an array of executives, celebrities, athletes, fashion models, fitness models, actors, musicians and competitive natural bodybuilders all looking to get better results in less time with Richardson's high intensity training system.
As a father of five, he believes in an all natural simple approach that people can fit into their busy lifestyles. It is a combination of eating a healthy diet and working out effectively and it has worked with everyone from pregnant women to body builders to men in their 70's.
More information on weight loss and diet can be found on his website at http://www.NaturallyIntense.net. Email him at KRichardson(at)naturallyintense(dot)net or call 800-798-8420.
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