Alcohol in your system is detrimental to any kind of fitness activity (except maybe on the dance floor). Here’s how booze wreaks havoc on your regimen.
1. Slower Recovery Hard workouts drain the glycogen stores (carbs stored in the liver and muscles) and leave your muscle tissue in need of repair. “Pouring alcohol into your system as soon as you finish stalls the recovery process,” says Tavis Piattoly, R.D. High levels of alcohol displace the carbs, leaving your stores still 50 percent lower than normal even eight hours later, according to one study. Sip or snack on a combo of muscle-repairing protein and carbs (think low-fat chocolate milk or peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers) before tipping back.
2. Packed-On Fat When booze is on board, your body, besides having to deal with the surplus of calories, prioritizes metabolizing the alcohol over burning fat and carbs. Alcohol also breaks down amino acids and stores them as fat. “For some reason this process is most pronounced in the thighs and glutes,” says Piattoly. “Excessive alcohol consumption really chews up muscle in those areas.” It also increases levels of cortisol (a stress hormone), which further encourages fat storage, particularly in your midsection.
3. Disrupted Sleep Boozing also blows your muscle recovery and performance by sapping your sleep. In a study of 93 men and women, researchers found that alcohol decreased sleep duration and increased wakefulness (particularly in the second half of the night), especially in women, whose sleep time was decreased by more than 30 minutes over the night. “Disrupting the sleep cycle can reduce your human growth hormone output—which builds muscle—by as much as 70 percent,” says Piattoly.
4. Depleted Water and Nutrients Alcohol irritates the stomach lining, which can reduce your capacity to absorb nutrients (the reason you have an upset stomach after a few too many), says Brian R. Christie, Ph.D.—not to mention that alcohol makes you pee. For every gram of ethanol you suck down, you pump out 10 milliliters of urine (that’s about 9.5 ounces for two beers). As little as 2 percent dehydration hurts endurance performance. And by the way, you can’t re-hydrate with a dehydrating drink (e.g., beer).
IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? Read #2 again :-)….
Do you exercise because you want to lose weight?
Well, if so, Low intensity cardio is NOT the best way to go about burning fat.
Low intensity workouts are great for building endurance, but they’re not the best choice if your goal is weight loss. When your muscles have to continuously contract for 30, 45 or 60 minutes (such as the case for low intensity cardio), that energy has to come from somewhere. The body is stubborn and doesn’t want to burn fat for energy so it often times eats up your muscle instead during this type of training. This immediately kills your metabolism and it robs your body of strength and athleticism.
Why should you care about your muscles?
Because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest- You have to treat your hard earned muscle like GOLD- As it’s what keeps your metabolism revving. Even if you’re goal isn’t muscle growth, you need to AVOID losing muscle just for the fat loss benefits alone! If you lose muscle, you’re making it harder to lose weight, not easier. One of the keys to getting ripped – for girls and guys – is exercising in a way that stimulates your metabolism, even after you’ve stopped exercising.
When it comes to cardio, scientific research shows that high intensity cardio is significantly more effective than low intensity cardio.
High intensity cardio forces your body to keep burning fat and calories after you stop training. Think about this for a second. If you do low intensity cardio, you’ll burn calories ONLY during exercise. When you stop exercising, you stop burning calories. But imagine this…
Even AFTER you’ve stopped exercising, your body burns fat. You could be sitting on the couch, watching TV, and your body would still be burning fat and getting you lean. That’s what happens when you do high intensity cardio. Instead of jogging, walking or swimming for 30 to 45 minutes, do high intensity cardio.
Do short, quick circuits of body weight exercises such as jumping jacks or burpees, similar to how we put together your Bootcamp workouts. For example, do burpees for 20 seconds, then take a 10 second rest. Repeat the circuit 8 times.
Now – there’s important lesson coming up. It’s about a Fat Loss Myth – “Just eat less and you’ll lose weight.” Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.In fact, this advice can be downright harmful. Cutting calories is NOT the way to lose weight.
In a few days, you’ll find out why……
Caffeine tends to get a bit of a bad rap
that is hardly warranted when used properly.
Studies show consuming approximately
200mg of caffeine pre-workout can increase
the number of calories you burn by increasing
your metabolism by about 10%.
Other benefits of caffeine can include enhancing
your focus, awareness, energy levels, and feeling
of well being while increasing fat oxidization.
On top of this, caffeine has been associated
with increased strength and endurance while training.
Personally I know I’ve had my best workouts when
I have a good jolt of caffeine in my system.
Now you can’t overdue it though, as this is when
the negative aspects of caffeine can rear it’s ugly head.
I find the sweet spot for myself is about 300mg of
caffeine 20 minutes pre-workout. Any more than
this and I tend to get jittery.
I’ll almost always include my caffeine in the form
of a pre-workout supplement from Adrenalyn, AAKG, and Beta Alanine,
but caffeine in the form of pills or plain black
coffee work well too.
A cool thing about consuming caffeine in the form
of plain black coffee is that it has a thermogenic
effect in the body meaning it takes more calories
to metabolize the ingredients than what you’re consuming.
Anyway, that’s your tip for the day!
It wasn’t long ago that a very popular doctor developed a weight loss plan that involved the hormone HCG, better known as the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This may sound like a mouthful, but many people thought that injections of this hormone, with a strict caloric diet would be their key to weight loss glory. The recent rebirth of this diet in today’s society reveals that there are many HCG diet dangers that most people aren’t aware of.
HCG was first prescribed as a treatment for obesity back in 1954, by Dr. A Simeons. His method consisted of prescribing patients with a strict diet of about 500 calories per day, combined with 125 units of HCG injected six days per week for eight weeks. (Whoa! Sounds fun, huh?)
This solution for obesity became more popular in the 1970’s when people displaying their love for this method took to the streets and claimed that they had experienced rapid weight loss with minimal hunger, no weakness, and noticeable loss of fat in their stomach, hips, thighs, and upper arms.
Contrary to these joyous claims, there has been recent scientific evidence that shows the hormone HCG has no effect on the treatment of obesity.
Although there have been no specific claims of HCG causing harm or weight loss in patients, it is the intense calorie-restricted diet that is the cause of most concern.
500 calories a day is like telling your body, “I don’t like you, so I’m going to punish you for making me so overweight.” This way to lose is not the answer.
If you suffer from obesity, or just need to lose weight, the best thing you can do for your body is to eat satisfying portions of foods that are well-balanced with essential protein, carbohydrates, and yes, even fat. (the healthy kind!). You definitely don’t need hormone injections of HCG to maintain successful weight loss.
Harmful diets like the HCG diet are detrimental. Why? Since your body is literally starving, it forces your body to feed off itself for energy to fuel your metabolism. This is a very disturbing fact, but it’s true.
You can still stick to a calorie-restricted diet, it just can’t be TOO restricted. In fact, Dr. A’s diet is dramatically far below the RDA’s recommendation for daily caloric intake in adults.
In order to avoid HCG diet dangers, find a diet or meal plan that contains a controlled caloric intake between 1,200-1,500 calories. This may seem a like a lot compared to Dr. A’s prescribed 500, but diets like these actually cause your body to retrain its metabolism to maintain weight loss more effectively.
So, if someone tells you that the HCG diet is the way to go, remember the simple facts: Starving your body is never the answer. Our bodies need nutrition to function, and can’t maintain successful weight loss without it.
By skipping the hormones, and eating properly balanced meals, you can avoid these diet dangers and lose weight the safe and smart way!
It’s hard doing it on your own, at Wired Fitness San Diego we have created a culture of motivation in our fitness bootcamp classes! We motivate you into learning how to get fit for life and help you maintain this progress over time. We track your progress by measurements and before and after pictures while participating in our outdoor boot camp training programs. Our convenient schedule of morning and after work classes help to ensure you can fit us in your daily routine. We suggest you attend class a minimum of three days per week, although you can participate as much as you want with our unlimited packages! Your training journey starts with a free class or consultation. From there your trainer will set a schedule for you based on your goals, and other activities you are participating in.
Your program will include:
- A constantly varying workout regimen
- HIIT interval styled training sessions
- Body assessment & composition testing (Optional)
- Personalized macro & nutrition plan (Optional add-on)
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Kind to all levels of physical ability… I started with Wired Fitness almost a year ago. At that time I was so out of shape that I thought I was going to pass out in the first class. What had me coming back for more was my friend who had purchased a coupon and needed a work out buddy. We still are work out buddies and still loving Wired Fitness. Bryan is actually a marshmallow with a gruff coating. He is more than willing to work with clients both financially and alternating exercises when needed, but his job like all the instructors is to get the clients to push themselves out of their comfort zone and regain some sense of physical and proud moments of achievements. I may be the oldest and if I am honest with myself I still am not where I want to be, but at least am not sitting in front of the TV Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. I encourage all you want to feel good about themselves to come down to MB and try a class. I go to the class from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, the time goes by so fast sometimes it is 7:45pm. Alvin my instructor along with the others truly value what they do and I find them to be passionate, professional and kind to all levels of physical ability and ages.
Loving every minute of it… Going on 3 years with Wired Fitness and loving every minute of it!!! Prior to joining I had tried multiple gyms, bootcamps, and different workout routines but nothing kept me motivated enough to work out consistently on a regular basis. The challenge I get from these workouts is addicting and keeps me attending 3-4 classes a week!! Every workout is a unique experience and is constantly varied. The work outs are high intensity and the trainers accommodate every level of fitness. Three weeks ago I completed my first Triathlon and I owe it all to Wired Fitness. If it wasn’t for the energy and strength I discovered in these workouts, I would have never thought capable of achieving such endurance. To think that 4 years ago I came off the couch from not having done any physical activity in over a decade, suffering from high blood pressure/cholesterol…to where I am now!! I’ve had the privilege of working out with every trainer at Wired Fitness and have enjoyed each trainers exclusive approach! Special shot out to Amber from their Eastlake class and of course to Bryan “The Muscle Man” Schuler from Mission Bay!! Wired Fitness has a “Lifer” in me and I’m confident you will be too if you give them a try.
Total body conditioning… Wired Fitness has been a great way for me to receive total body conditioning! I’ve worked out with weights and body conditioning classes for body tone for most of life. Wired Fitness gave me another way to accomplish even more. The variety of exercises and equipment along with cardio have kept the program fun and yet challenging! If you’re looking to get toned, test yourself in a variety of exercises, get your body trim and to sweat a lot, give it a try-you’ll like it!
Worth every penny… I started going to boot camp in April because my girlfriend had been going for a year and loved it! I bought ten classes and joined her at the Carmel Valley location. I have never seen results so quickly. I originally dreaded going to class and now I love it! Bryan is an awesome trainer and genuinely cares about your fitness goals. If you ever want to challenge yourself try a Wired class! It’s an awesome workout and worth every penny.
I could feel the difference immediately… I thought I was decently fit before coming to Wired Fitness, doing strength and cardio workouts on my own. But after going to Bryan’s classes for a few weeks, I could see and feel the difference his workouts made. His workouts are challenging and interesting (never boring!), and I love working out outside in beautiful San Diego with such a great group of people to support and motivate me (at a time and location that work perfectly in my schedule). Bryan comes off as a pretty tough guy, but I know it’s because he knows his stuff and wants everyone to get the results they want. So just be sure that when you sign up for a class, you show up on time and give it your best, and you’ll see results!
Renewed enthusiasm for physical fitness… I spent the summer in San Diego and through the recommendation of a trusted friend, went to check out Wired Fitness Bootcamps. I was NOT disappointed except when I had to move at the end of the summer! Bryan and his staff are professional and accommodating while still adhering to the highest quality for their clients. But enough about the administrative efforts – the workouts were incredible: unique, motivating, extremely challenging and exciting all rolled into an hour. I learned a lot about my athletic abilities (strengths and weaknesses) this summer through being challenged by Wired Fitness instructors and walked away with renewed enthusiasm for physical fitness. I’m looking forward to returning to San Diego in the future and getting back into regular Wired Fitness Bootcamps!
I saw immediate changes… When I first started working out with Bryan at Wired Fitness I was injured and couldn’t do some of the exercises. Bryan was quick to modify the exercises for me. Now he watches my form to make sure I do the exercises correctly so I don’t re-injure myself. The workout challenges your endurance and your strength. I saw changes happen in my ability from the first class.
They can customize the workouts…. I’m a bit of a fitness junkie, you name it, I’ve tried it, 5k’s 10k’s half, MMA & yoga. To provide some perspective, I do train in crossfit as well. In my late 30’s, so I am well familiar with intense workouts and regimens. I can honestly say that through their bootcamp session Every class is different, so your body never gets used to the workouts, an intense 1 hour session of constant cardio, strengthening and agility workouts that truly push you to your limit. What’s also great is that they can customize the workout to your needs. For example, I have an ailment (knee) that prevent me from doing certain workouts. Instead, they have me do alternate exercises that work me just as hard, if not harder. What’s also great is that the classes consist of people vary across the spectrum. You have people who are avid marathoners working out with people who have never visited a gym before. It’s a great mix of folks!
Absolutely love it! I have been going to Wired Fitness’ Boot Camp in Mission Bay for over 6 months and absolutely love it! It sounds cliche, but I really have seen great results from going 3 times a week. I love the group setting, how closely Bryan watches our form, and how challenging it is. I like that they create the hard workouts for me! I have been to classes with Alvin as well, and love them all! Boot Camp isn’t for everyone. So, come with realistic expectations of your fitness level and what boot camp means…after all, it is named after military workouts.
Five Stars on My List! I have been with these guys for 6 years now and I look forward to working out with them every single time. They make it fun and challenging. Working out should be fun for me, otherwise I would not want to do it. The other thing is that these guys care. Often Bryan, Amber, or Alvin gets on my case about my form. I don’t take it personally because I know that they are looking out for my best interest. Sometimes Bryan makes me do an exercise over (yes, he’s a meanie. hahaha), but I love it because I know that he really cares about my form and knowing that if I do it right, I will get the result that I want. So it shows that he and his team really care about their clients. This is called BOOT CAMP. Bryan and his team will push you to be the best and you are expected to work out during your 1 hour there. If you want to get results (i.e., losing weight, gaining muscle, gaining strength, building up your endurance, and have tons of energy the next day), then these guys can help you to achieve that, but, you will have to make a commitment to a regular schedule, otherwise, you will waste your money and your time.