So it really affects drinking beer to your diet to lose weight

Consumption of beer in Spain it reached a record in 2018, exceeding for the first time the 40 million hectoliters, according to the 2018 Socioeconomic Report of Beer. Despite all the disputes In our country, most of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula agree on one thing: our love for beer The problem comes when you want to lose weight and alcohol can prevent toning your body. Now a new study -Spanish had to be- shows that consuming this fermented beverage regularly may not influence the results of body composition of those who perform a certain exercise.

Before proceeding with this issue, it should be noted that alcohol consumption is not recommended -Usually- under any circumstances, as explained to El Confidencial Iñaki Elío, director of the Human Nutrition Degree and Dietetics of the European University of the Atlantic.

One study measured the evolution of two population groups: one that performed high intensity exercise and another that spent more time on the couch

The report, published in the journal 'Nutrients', collects the data of 72 people whose advances were monitored for ten weeks. The participants were divided into two groups: those who started training with high intensity exercises and those who preferred his sofa. While those in the non-training group had to drink alcohol for the sake of the study, those in the other could choose whether they wanted to or not.

Those who decided to drink were randomly assigned them a beer (a lager of 5.4%) or water with gas mixed with vodka. Those who chose not to do so were assigned non-alcoholic beer or sparkling water. It should be noted that more and more people join this drink in its 0.0 version to avoid the calories it has, proof of this is that companies, like Mahou, are taking out new versions of bottles for this audience.

During five days a week the sportsmen drank a glass of their assigned drink with lunch and another at dinner, and the women drank only one at dinner. Regarding training sessions, they took place two days a week (between 40 and 65 minutes per week) with a perceived effort rate (RPE) of 8 or more on a scale of 1 to 10, in other words, to a very difficult intensity.

The members of the training group, even if they drank alcohol, lost body fat and gained muscle mass

Investigators they measured everyone's body composition (body mass, waist circumference, waist / hip ratio, abdominal fat and bone mineral density) at the beginning and end of the 10-week study period.

This is what they discovered: none of the groups experienced negative changes in body composition. In addition, all factions of the training group, even if they drank alcohol, they lost body fat and gained muscle mass.

Why alcohol does not alter their bodies

The question that many readers are asking right now is:Why alcohol did not interfere with physical changes? The answer is given to 'Runner´s World' Amy Goodson, a specialist in sports dietetics: "It all comes down to total calories, how many are eating versus how many are burning."

“Changes in body composition generally take place with the improvement of dietary patterns and an exercise routine. Alcohol can be part of a healthy dietary pattern, but must be within total caloric needs of each person, "he says." Many times, when people consume alcohol, with or without exercise, and do not take into account additional calories, there is an increase in weight that brings negative effects on the overall composition of the body, " highlights.

They did not analyze the participants' way of eating. Although when they started exercising they also improved their diet

We should not overlook that the study did not analyze how participants were eating during this time: often, when people start a new exercise program, they also start eating healthier. If this were the case among the participants, that could play a role in improving body composition. Eating better could have given them a little more leeway to lower calories.

Also, as Goodson points out, the study included individuals who had not previously done these exercises"Therefore, it is likely that improvements in body composition and muscle mass were due to the start of the training program, not related to alcohol intake."

The conclusion, feeling it a lot, is that drinking beer alone will not help you burn fat nor to build muscle, the important thing for this is diet and exercise. In this line, the Spanish study points out that moderation is the key: people can live a normal life if they train.