There are certain habits that are worse than others and some that are really hard to break. Alcohol consumption ranks very near the top of this list. It often starts off as a social thing among friends. Then you start having a beverage or two with dinner every night.
Before you know it, you’re imbibing way too much and your body starts to pay the price. Among one of the detrimental effects is a blow to your T-levels. It’s best for you to know what specific effects this has so that you can use it as motivation to keep your alcohol levels regulated.
Putting on the brakes
Did you ever drive your car down a hill? What happens at the bottom? You put on the brakes, that’s what. Otherwise, you’d go crashing into another vehicle that’s coming from the left flank.
Think of alcohol the same way. If you are able to keep your intake minimal, you won’t have to worry. But if you guzzle too much, especially too fast, it will slam the brakes on your testosterone release. It’s good news when it comes to your safety in a car, but it’s bad news when it comes to your T-levels.
When you drink to excess, your body shifts gears and you go into fat-storage mode. This is the result of two factors. One is that your T-levels drop. The other is that your blood sugar levels spike. That’s something you never, ever want to happen.
When your blood sugar levels spike, your pancreas responds by pumping out a ton of insulin – a fat-storage hormone. Your body then becomes primed for weight gain and your metabolism slows way down.
Couple this with the fact that you are probably noshing on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and you have created a recipe for a disastrous outcome. You tend to eat because your inhibitions are down and you have a false feeling of hunger. Because your mind is altered, you reach for the quickest, greasiest food you can find.
This is partly because of the mental impairment, but it’s also because other hormones in your system are getting jacked up as well. Namely, the hunger stimulating and suppressing hormones, ghrelin and leptin.
All of this rolled into one causes muscle wasting and fat gain – the exact opposite of what you want to happen for a fit and healthy body.
The end result of fat gain
Here’s where the story turns even more sour. Repetitive alcohol intake leads to weight gain. When you are overweight, your T-levels slow down even more. It’s a backlash effect. This occurs especially when the weight gain is in the belly.
Abdominal adiposity raises the odds of developing a serious condition such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke. Not only will you be putting your hard-earned muscle on the line, but you’ll also be risking your overall health.
If you do feel the need to drink, there are one or two options. Exercise the discipline to keep it to two drinks or fewer. Or alternate back and forth between an alcoholic beverage and a glass of water. This will help to keep you hydrated and flush the alcohol from your system. You’ll end up not getting sick, not getting hammered, and not blunting your T-levels.