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Exercise before beer

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Hi Folks,

So I know that beer is pretty carb concentric and close to the antithesis of paleo; however, Halloween is approaching and my house is throwing a party. Since I will be one of the host, I am choosing beer over liquor to keep my wits about me.

Any suggestions on an exercise (before or after) that can mitigate some of the negative factors of beer?

I know one night of drinking will not be too bad; but I'm currently on a weight loss roll and would rather not spend a week regaining the progress lost in a night.

I was thinking about running a few miles the day-of. Would this allow my muscles to absorb the carbs?

Thanks

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on October 23, 2011
at 11:33 AM

Fast all the way up until the party. Eat your first meal when it's getting close to party time. Make sure it's meat and veges so you don't bloat yourself. Drink water with every beer. Pretty much double fist with water in one hand, beer in the other. Next day, drink water and IF 14 to 16 hours before the next meal, you'll feel good and be back on track.

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on October 22, 2011
at 08:27 PM

This is also true. Diuretics before workout = hell!

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Spirits have been my preferred drink since going paleo. But they get me too far too fast.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:43 PM

Mark's article mentions water retention over a few days, which is one thing I'd like to avoid. Though the last article was interesting. I've been in the gym when my body uses alcohol for as a fuel source, but I wasn't sure how it was doing it.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Gluten hasn't affected me before, though it's been a while since I've had beer. And I'm not worried as much as I'm trying to be smart about it.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:24 PM

I'd be alot more concerned about the gluten content than the carbs.

As long as you can tolerate the gluten, don't worry just party.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Gluten hasn't affected me before, though it's been a while since I've had beer. And I'm not worried as much as I'm trying to be smart about it.

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on October 22, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Don't workout before drinking, it will hurt you more than it helps. Alcohol doesn't equal carbs.

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on October 22, 2011
at 08:27 PM

This is also true. Diuretics before workout = hell!

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I take PAGG with L-Carnitine, CoQ-10, and CLA at breakfast and dinner (PAGG being taken as written in 4HB, except I drink actual green tea in large amounts.) Dosage on all of these vary, so you'll have to figure that out for yourself (I take only the recommended amount of each, except twice as much L-Carnitine) My diet is reasonably higher carb than most people here, and I never take protein shakes or stimulants. 2-3 times per week I get a really excellent weight session in and I'm convinced these supplements help carbs heal my body. Previously, I used to be quite sore the following morning, but that doesn't happen anymore.

Without writing too much, that's what I do. Just relax, dude! Splurging for a day never killed anyone. :)

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I like Martin Berkhan's Cheat Day Strategies for a Hedonist. Main points at the end of a long article:

  1. Don't stress it. (Don't go nuts with exercise or caloric restriction ahead of time.)
  2. Create a calorie buffer. (Do save up some calories the day of, perhaps by IFing that morning.)
  3. Protein priority. (Get some protein in first to help with satiety.)
  4. Limit choices, not amounts. (The more types of foods you eat, the more you wind up eating.)

For me, alcohol has always been a gateway drug to overeating, so if you're like me, I think your best plan is to figure out how best to get right back on track the next morning. One party is not going to derail your weight loss efforts unless it leads to days (or weeks or months) of WTFing thru New Years!

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:00 PM

muscles do not metabolize alcohol directly, but perhaps the carbs in the beer. per alcohol, spirits are actually better than beer since beer has carbs/grains in addition to the alcohol content. that is what Mark Sisson advocates. For me, heavy exercise before consuming carbs seems to temporarily nullify the inflammatory effects of carbs, and I feel fine.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Spirits have been my preferred drink since going paleo. But they get me too far too fast.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:00 PM

My first thought is that Mark Sisson talks about carb refeeding as being a good thing for some, at times. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/carb-refeeding-and-weight-loss/

Perhaps that is helpful.

Then there's this: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/beverages/a/lowcarbdietbeer.htm

And you got this: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/md19.htm

All in all, I'd say to have your beer fun.... GUILT-FREE..... and then get right back to your paleo lifestyle.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:43 PM

Mark's article mentions water retention over a few days, which is one thing I'd like to avoid. Though the last article was interesting. I've been in the gym when my body uses alcohol for as a fuel source, but I wasn't sure how it was doing it.

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