I love how we like to demonize things like sugar for being the “cause” for obesity, but what about our alcohol consumption?⠀
this is exactly why the “freshman 15” is a real thing.⠀
great post here by @smurray_32. here’s what he had to say:⠀
although i am a firm advocate of flexible dieting and consuming “anything in moderation”, i do still feel very strongly about weekend alcohol intake as i know first-hand that this is likely the cause of so many diet failures out there⠀
now, while i am not going to go into yet another entire post about how easy it is to “cancel out” your hard-earned weekly deficit on your weekend, the goal of this post was to simply make you more aware that, calories don’t just come from food and that, the wine, beer, v***a that you are consuming tonight, likely has far more than you perceive it to have⠀
remember, alcohol contains 7kcal/g (traversy 2015) thus, while if consumed in moderation, can “fit” into your lifestyle with relative ease, if abused, has the ability to shift you into extreme surpluses of calories and thus cause you to store any carbohydrates and fats that you consume directly as f*t tissue due to alcohol taking priority no.1 when it comes to metabolism (siler et al 1999). studies even show that is one of the main contributors to weight gain by promoting excess energy consumption with a lack of satiety (dimeglio & mattes 2000 pan & hu 2011, tieken 2008).⠀
furthermore, alcohol is associated with increases in ghrelin, the main “hunger hormone” (röjdmark et al 2001) thus, not only could you be consuming 1600kcal worth of liquid calories tonight, but then “binge” on further “food calories” and thus shift you into an even larger calorie surplus.⠀
think about it, for some petite females, 1750kcal worth of v***a alone (no food) could be their entire daily requirement. add another 2000+kcal from the pizza they consume when they get home from the club along with what they have already consumed prior in the day before going out and you can see just how easy it is to have a day comprising of 4, 5, 6, 7000+ calories which, as you know is likely only repeated tomorrow.⠀
just some food for thought? enjoy the weekend.
It has been an emotional week. i’ve been stretched to my limit. i didn’t want to train tonight, but i dragged myself to the gym and did the d**n thing. still wasn’t feeling like myself. then, by the grace of god + the perfect synchronicity of getting exactly what you need when you don’t know you need it... the journal i track my workouts in flipped open. to the very first page. mind you, this thing has been in my gym bag for years. i’m on the final pages. it has tattered sheets + printed workout trackers shoved in there. i never really flip back through it so i honestly didn’t realize this is the journal from my 2015 prep. almost a full four years ago, the words i wrote (+ so desperately needed reminded of them), pulled at my f*****g heartstrings tonight. i had tossed my notebook onto the treadmill + it just popped the cover right open. to the exact words that needed to fill my mind + my heart. so tonight, i share a little (very tattered, discolored) piece of my heart with you, in the hopes that anyone else that needs these words tonight sees them.
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this is a gentle psa that you are so f*****g worth it. so unbelievably limitless. and you can do anything you want in this life. love you. mean it. #lifeinalignment