Alright Alright I have to admit something since my last post was about alcohol and working out. Well I’ve been in Korea for about a little over a month now and for a fact I’ve been out every single weekend drinking.
Hah! It got to that point where I said to myself yesterday ” Okay Annabel… time to get back on track, you’ve had your fun.”
Anybody who knows me well can tell you that I am quite the social butterfly :D I love it! I enjoy the night life… I like going out and meeting up with people and having a good time, who doesn’t? Here we have home dinners which makkoli always has a part, play some pool at our favorite bar called Hobar and drinking the traditional korean rice wine, makkoli haha and the of course the ocassional club then it’s vodka, jager and sometimes beer :p
Two weeks ago I went out four days in a row.. like I said it wasn’t always to a club nor did I get shitfaced all of these days buuut I guess you can say I was on the border line of tipsy at the least hahah >.< And just the past week I drank twice.
As I said above yesterday I made a sorta deal with myself clean eating, back to the healthy habits, cutting off completely any kind of cheat meal and alcohol. I want a good clean two weeks to get back :) On the 14th I’ll be buying myself a bottle of wine and spoiling myself with either chocolate or cookies… oooor both! :D But heeey cmon its Valentines day!!!
I have a little over two months left here before I head back to Brazil. So I definitely want to come back home with a killer body.
Suprisingly this past month as I said I would go out every weekend and the third week here I did exaggerate a bit but I always managed to hit the gym a good four, five times a week and throughout the day. & I was having the three meals, two snacks. The thing that screws up my diet would be the binging after drinking. Im lucky this phase hasn’t made such a difference on my body.
Give me two weeks and I’ll post a before and after so you can see how much your body can change with dedication.
Cheers!!! Wishing you all a great week
What is my opinion on alcohol and woking out? This is one the most frequently asked questions so I guess it’s about time I answer it.
Alright there are three major facts when it comes to alcohol.
1. Alcohol is metabolized differently.
Alright so we all know that your body gets its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which are slowly digested and absorbed within the gastrointestinal system. However, with alcohol this digestive process changes. Your body recognizes alcohol as a toxin, not a nutrient.
I for one am the type of person who binges so much once I drink.. I crave sweets and junk food. So imagine me ingesting this food into my body after tons of drinks. My body won’t be able to properly break down foods containing carbohydrates and fat. So what happens is these calories which I intake directly after consuming alcohol are converted into body fat and are carried away for permanent storage on my body. A major con if you are trying to lose weight.
2. Alcohol is a diuretic
Which means it causes dehydration.. water loss. Water loss = Mineral loss
'According to studies, drinking about 250 milliliters of an alcoholic beverage causes the body to expel 800 to 1,000 milliliters of water; that's four times as much liquid lost as gained.'
'Alcohol’s diuretic effect also increases the need to urinate, resulting in the loss of electrolytes.'
3. Alcohol is nothing more than empty calories
Alcohol offers no nutritional value.
Here is a graph I stumbled upon… I would have to say your best bet is going for the dry wines rather than the sweet ones.
I admit it I like to drink.. I do go out and I believe that one should never be super extreme on themselves by cutting back on everything. Its different for everybody, it all depends on what each persons goals are and what they want to achieve.
"Balance is key. Figure out what works for you." This is something I always say to the person who is asking me for advice on their path to living a healthier lifestyle… If you are okay with giving it up completely that is perfect, your results will come much quicker. But If you would you much rather control your drinking to once or twice a week that is fine as well. Just keep in mind everything in moderation. In the next post I will talking more in detail about my personal experience with drinking.