Many people are reluctant to begin a new workout or fitness plan because they don’t want to have to turn their whole lives upside down. That’s understandable. After all, many of us don’t want to be completely different people; we just want to be better versions of ourselves.
The good news is that generally it’s safe to consume adult beverages when taking fat burners—provided you drink in moderation and you’re taking the recommended dose of the fat burners.
The two things to keep in mind are how alcohol affects your body, fat burners or not, and what ingredients are in the fat burners.
How Alcohol Affects the Body
Alcohol is classified as a depressant. It slows body functions down, including mental processes. Everything from reaction time to metabolism is slowed down when we drink alcohol.
When we’re trying to diet and exercise, the introduction of alcohol puts stress on our kidneys and liver, two organs that will already be working hard to process all the sugar and fat that we’re burning off. Alcohol can really get in the way of our fitness goals because of the strain it puts on our digestive and metabolic functions.
In addition to all of that, alcohol is derived from yeast consuming sugars in a liquid. That means that nearly all alcoholic beverages come with a sugar hit. And sugars are the devil in the details that derails many a person looking to lose weight.
Ingredients in Fat Burners
Outside of alcohol’s individual effect on the body, certain ingredients in fat burners also have interactions with alcohol that should be avoided, especially if you’re drinking more than a few in a night or are taking more than the recommended dose of a supplement.
The first and most important ingredient to look out for is caffeine. Caffeine and alcohol form a dangerous partnership in our biochemistry, mostly because the combination can trick your brain into thinking it isn’t as intoxicated as it really is. This means that combining caffeine and alcohol can fuel even more drinking than intended.
Other ingredients in fat burners are designed to speed up the body’s processes, and alcohol is trying to slow them down. This can form bad reactions in a lot of people.
In the end, if you’re concerned with a certain level of drinking combined with fat burners, the simple solution is to drink less. If you’re concerned with any interactions of even the smallest drink with the most modest dose of a supplement, err on the side of caution and don’t drink at all. If you’re still worried, consult a doctor.
Also, if you’re unsure if you’ll be able to stop or curb your drinking, consult a medical professional for the help you need.
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