Podcast Ep. 337: Alcohol Is The 4th Macro?
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- 10/10 High Pulls
- 10 Burpees
- 10/10 Snatches
- 10 Burpees
- 10/10 Clean & Presses
- 10 Burpees
Into... 3 Rounds:
- 5 Ninja Jump + Pop Squat
- 10 Swings
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Alcohol Metabolism & Macros
The question I received was...
"Why is alcohol metabolized before the other macronutrients?"
First off, let's talk about alcohol as a macronutrient.
Through the process of fermentation, it undergoes a chemical reaction that turns the ingredients into alcohol. It's not a carb, not a fat and not a protein.
It's something different... it's alcohol. And it has 7 calories/gram.
It's an unessential macro because the body doesn't need it. In fact, it doesn't want it... which is why it's not classified with the other 3.
So when the body consumes alcohol, even if there are other macros to digest, it works to break down alcohol first.
For two main reasons:
- It can't be stored. Protein can be stored in muscles. Carbs as glycogen. And fat in hormones, fat, etc. Of course, excess calories can be stored as fat but as for alcohol... nope. So get rid of it!
- It's poison. We all know alcohol is toxic so of course the liver works to get rid of it as fast as possible for your health.
The Truth Behind Supplements
And finally, we talked about supplements.
What do the most common ones actually do?
- Pre workout is often loaded with caffeine for energy.
- Post workout is often simple carbohydrate to refuel the glycogen lost during training. Sometimes protein is also included.
- Protein supplements is well, for protein intake. Many people have a hard time hitting their protein goals and supplementing with a high quality powder makes it easy.
- Magnesium is something a lot of people are deficient in due to poor soil quality so a supplement can help same with a multi vitamin.
- Electrolytes help replenish hydration and due to hormones and sweating, promotes water to STAY in the body versus passing through quickly as urine.
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