Tuesday, July 19, 2011

You booze, you lose...

Stupid title, yes. It's also not entirely accurate.

Saw some interesting data looking at the impact of weekend binge drinking with one of my nutrition clients...

Client Description: Active Male, Mid 30's

Begininning of Week (Monday, Began GTS Nutrition Program)

  • Starting weight: 183.4 lbs
  • Starting Measurements:
    • Arm (relaxed): 13
    • Arm (flexed): 15
    • Neck: 15
    • Thigh: 23
    • Waist: 33
    • Hips: 36
    • Chest: 41
    • Arms & Chest: 48 1/2
End of week (Friday)
  • Weight: 180.4 (4 lb decrease)
  • No Measurements
Weekend - A pre-planned Guys Trip... 2 Days of Boozing.

Monday the following week.
  • Weight: 189.4 lbs (+ 6 lbs from one week ago, + 9 lbs from 3 days prior)
  • Measurements:
    • Arm (relaxed): 13
    • Arm (flexed): 15 1/4
    • Neck: 15 3/4 (+3/4 inch increase from starting week)
    • Thigh: 24 (+1 inch increase from starting week) 
    • Waist: 34 (+1 inch increase from starting week)
    • Hips: 36 1/2 (+1/2 inch increase from starting week)
    • Chest: 41
    • Arms & Chest: 48 1/2
Tuesday the following day (Back on GTS Nutrition program and post-detox workout)
  • Weight: 182.8 (~ 7 lb drop from Monday)
Why this is interesting...
  1. You can see how drinking alone can cause quite the increase in measurements and weight.
  2. Notice that the majority of inches was gained in the mid section, hips and thighs.
  3. According to my client, he didn't go overboard while eating that weekend. 
  4. He enjoyed himself for a weekend, but was able to quickly recover by getting back on the nutrition plan.
Get back on track!

This summer there will be no shortage of parties.  Although I don't advise drinking while you're looking to accomplish a performance/nutritional/fat loss goal, I understand situations arise.  

So while you're out with friends make sure the party doesn't spill over to the next day or week... Drinking often leads to poor food choices as you're feeling lazy and your body is recovering.  You can see how 2 days of drinking can add up quickly on the body.  If you're going to put your body through it, plan to get it back on track immediately!

Need help getting back on track?  Ask about Online GTS Nutrition Coaching...

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