A man lifting weights while drinking beer.

A man lifting weights while drinking beer.

Drinking Alcohol & Weight Loss

(most people don’t know this)

July 25th, 2016 ∗ By Sarah Louise Hayes

Regularly working out after a night on the drink? You might want to read this…


After your first 2 drinks…  (you feel like you’re just warming up at this point)

Your body will significantly stop fat-burning close to 75% after just 1 and a half drinks. And it will stop using carbs for energy. It also causes a disruption in restful sleep. It leaves you more emotional than you would normally be. Your urine volume increases significantly. Your kidneys are working overtime, so your body releases minerals and electrolytes – these play important roles in blood volume, bone health, blood pressure and anti-oxidant pathways.


After 6-8 drinks…  (now you can at least say you’re having a good night)

Testosterone levels drop by 6.8% with 4 drinks and 23% with 8 drinks. This drop combined with a slowdown in protein synthesis stops you recovering from a workout. Dehydration from fluid loss can affect you for days afterwards. Finally, with heavy drinking, the breakdown of alcohol can occur for up to 48 hours after your last drink. This means less glucose is reaching your brain and working muscles, making you both more tired and quicker to fatigue if you do exercise.


If you’re going to drink – moderation and not too often…

Once a week – 1-2 drinks. (No, you read that right – once a week, not a night).


Alcohol & Weight Loss – Wrapping Up… (not an inch loss wrap)

In any fat loss plan, there are 3 main components that should be priority –





A moderate amount of alcohol can increase calories, decrease your motivation for exercise and negatively affect your sleep

Drinking heavily can significantly affect energy levels, is dehydrating, impacts hormone levels and disrupts your sleep. Therefore, limit your overall levels of alcohol.


Alcohol directly affects your ability to lose fat and has negative effects on weight-loss.Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week. 1 unit = a single measure of spirits, half a pint of lager or half 175ml glass of wine.