We’ve all been there. It’s the finals and you’ve scored the last goal of the match in the dying seconds. Your team’s heading to the top of the podium because of you.
Amongst the jubilation and team mates launching themselves at you, all you want is a damn drink to rehydrate before it all sinks in. Alas, a hand reaches out and it’s not water, it’s a beer. What the hell, right?
Wrong. The taste of sweet victory might be best celebrated with alcohol but science is now saying otherwise.
“Alcohol ingestion suppresses the anabolic response in skeletal muscle and may, therefore, impair recovery and adaptation to training and/or subsequent performance.”
Speaking to Gear Patrol, Ryan Kohler who is a sports nutritionist at the Colorado University Sports Medicine and Performance Center believes that “most evidence seems to be equivocal or point to potentially negative effects on recovery and subsequent performance.”
But wait, there’s even more evidence.
According to a 2014 study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a post-workout beer was the main culprit for diuresis (loss of water through urine) and slower reaction time and balance.
Whilst the latter two are fairly obvious points, it’s the former that should alarm those who take their fitness seriously. A separate 2014 study on the issue found that “alcohol ingestion suppresses the anabolic response in skeletal muscle and may, therefore, impair recovery and adaptation to training and/or subsequent performance.”
In other words your gains are screwed, bro. The study also discovered that alcohol consumed either before or after a workout will affect your muscle’s ability to absorb protein – the foundation for muscle growth.
And if you’re thinking beer provides decent carbohydrates to fuel your next workout then you’d also be wrong. USDA crunched the numbers and found that the average…