Frank (and Fran) the Tank

Happy (belated) St. Patrick’s Day!  I hope you had the chance to drink some whiskey and green beer, because from here on out its time to cut back on Grandpa’s old cough medicine.

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of fitness athletes train and diet hard, only to sabotage their results by drinking too much.  Sure you have to enjoy yourself here and there, but ultimately you have to decide what your top priority is.  If it’s hitting the bars and clubs every weekend and getting wasted, that’s cool, enjoy the life you’ve decided to lead.  But unless you have great genetics, don’t expect to hit single digit body fat at the same time.  You can’t party like a rock star and look like a fitness model.

If dropping body fat is one of your top priorities, you’ll have to make some sacrifices at the bar in order to reach your peak potential.  Alcohol has a negative impact on hormones and metabolism, both making it harder to lose fat.  They don’t call it a beer gut for nothing.

The Nutrition 101 Series continues this week talking about alcohol, as well as the most confusing macronutrient of all time — carbohydrates.  High carb, low carb, no carb; what is the best way to lean up and get in shape?  This is a huge issue for the fitness athlete; we’ll do our best to tackle it head on and get a definitive answer once and for all.

Until next time, take care.