Fitness | Nutrition | Training | Dec 24 2019

Alcohol at Christmas: the 5 key effects on boxers

Nutritionist Robert Seaborne talks about the effects a Christmas tipple or five could have on boxers and explains why alcohol is a dangerous 'friend'
Christmas alcohol for boxers
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IN the final post of my festive blogs, we will talk about one of the biggest issues of all – alcohol. Festive celebrations and alcohol go hand in hand. But what are the impacts of regular alcohol consumption on boxers and how does it affect training, body composition and recovery.

1. Calories
WE briefly spoke about how many calories are in various alcoholic drinks in this blog. For example, six pints of standard premium larger can contain the equivalent of three or four large takeaway burgers, approximately 1,080 kcal. These extra calories can be stored as excess body fat, which will begin to ruin your body composition. As a boxer, you want the highest amount of muscle-mass and the smallest amount of fat mass as this generates the highest level of force production from punches, while helping to maintain your overall weight. Alcohol could ruin all this hard work.

2. Fat-burning
TO further add to its negative effect on body composition, alcohol seems to have a negative influence on the ability of the body to ‘burn fat’. An important stage of making weight for boxers, is to reduce their fat mass. Therefore, leading up to a weigh-in, consuming alcohol could negatively influence their ability to burn fat, and to make weight.


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