Light Weight & the Light Weight Drinker

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    Nov 09, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
    So I haven't had my body fat measured properly but I've noticed a substantial drop in my body fat over the past few months. My weight has stayed the same and there's a lot more definition everywhere because there isn't that light layer of chub over everything.

    I also noticed that I can't hold my liquor to save my life. I had four cocktails over the course of 6 hours last weekend and I was a bleary eyed boozy mess, even after eating. I don't drink a lot to begin with but I've never been such a lightweight.

    I was also REALLY hung over the next day which hardly ever happens. I went to spin and boxing to shake it and felt better afterward but the general funk from the night before really stuck with me.

    I feel weird about going out and drinking now because I feel like I have some bizarre new vulnerability. Is there a correlation between body fat and how drunk a person gets?
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    Nov 09, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I don't think there's any correlation between body fat and alcohol tolerance. I think it has more to do with your metabolism. If you're eating healthier and exercising more than you previously were, then toxins like alcohol would have more of a negative effect on you.

    Also, hangovers are compounded by the dehydrating effects of alcohol. So it might be a good idea to drink enough water (or Gatorade) before you go out on your bar crawl. And drink water (or Gatorade) before you go to bed.
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    Nov 10, 2009 1:49 AM GMT

    Think of it this way, you get your money's worth. icon_lol.gif I can't hold my liqueur either, and while I haven't measured my body fat (like I'd tell), I know I have more "stuff" than you. You get slammed faster because you don't drink often I suspect? That's usually the case. Either drink more or drink less, both will suffice. I recommend the latter.

  • Timbales

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    Nov 10, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    I'm a total light weight when it comes to drinking, always have been, even when I was heavier.
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    Nov 10, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    J.-- You've been doing a lot more working out, lately. If you lost a lot of body fat without increasing your activity level and/or decreasing your caloric intake, I would say contact your Dr...might be diabetes? In your case, doubt it. Yeah, I get really drunk when I lose weight. Better be careful...don't want you getting into any trouble... icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 10, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    In general, people with lower body fat percentages tend to dehydrate more easily than people with higher body fat percentages. Since the majority of the symptoms of a hangover are primarily issues of dehydration, it would stand to reason that you'd have stronger hangover issues the next day.
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    Nov 10, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
    Definitely if you have lost some weight the alcohol will have a greater effect on you. Have you gotten your liver enzymes checked lately? I would probably maybe look into that. Sometimes getting drunk way too quickly can be a sign of liver dysfunction.
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    Nov 10, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    All above is good advice. Probably just comes down to training. You don't use alcohol often enough to have much of a tolerance. Kind of a bad joke but true. Depends what kind of beverages too. Booze and wines have higher concentrations of fusel oils (ketone's and aldehyde's) than beer and those chemicals kinda poison ya and contribute to the thumping headache along w/the dehydration. Go out hydrated, drink water when you get back in and when you get up to pee in the middle of the night. Obvious but even I forget that sometimes. I am wondering that since body fat is an organ that produces and influences hormone production (i.e. body fats direct influence on blood glucose and blood lipid levels) that maybe body fat influences humans ability to metabolize/breaking down and excrete ethanol and the other chemicals in alcoholic drinks. My $.02.
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    Nov 10, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    I've turned into one, I used to be able to drink most guys under the table, but, I recently found out, not any more, was at a mates while away, had two glasses of whine and I was drunk as, friends thought it was hysterical icon_biggrin.gif

    I've recently been put on blood pressure medication so that could be the reason it affected me so easily, cause, damn, last time I got drunk, three of us went through a bottle of vodka each and I was only a little tipsy (my mates on the other half where completely plastered)
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    bigmusclepete:
    I have increased my activity level almost two fold, I started teaching kickboxing twice a week and training people three times a week on top of my regular workouts (3-4 times a week)... oh yeah, on top of my office job.
    Kev1962:
    I did notice that my tolerance of beer is much, much higher than hard alcohol. I just hate how bloated it makes me feel. I sometimes have a glass or half a glass of wine when I get home from work, which falsely lead me to believe that since I have a drink every night I can drink the way I used to before my activity level spiked.
    MSUBioNerd:
    Am definitely going to do every other round of water when I'm out next time to mitigate the fallout the next day. And make sure I hydrate when I get home.

    I realized also that all I had to eat that day was a bagel and lox that morning because I was running around like a cuckoo pants all day.

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    Nov 10, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    See...this is the reason you keep up your drinking habits while you train! No one wants to be the lightweight at a table of drunks!
  • JP85257

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    Nov 10, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    Im half irish. I dont really have any issue holding my liquor.
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    EasilyDistracted saidbigmusclepete:
    I have increased my activity level almost two fold, I started teaching kickboxing twice a week and training people three times a week on top of my regular workouts (3-4 times a week)... oh yeah, on top of my office job.
    Kev1962:
    I did notice that my tolerance of beer is much, much higher than hard alcohol. I just hate how bloated it makes me feel. I sometimes have a glass or half a glass of wine when I get home from work, which falsely lead me to believe that since I have a drink every night I can drink the way I used to before my activity level spiked.
    MSUBioNerd:
    Am definitely going to do every other round of water when I'm out next time to mitigate the fallout the next day. And make sure I hydrate when I get home.

    I realized also that all I had to eat that day was a bagel and lox that morning because I was running around like a cuckoo pants all day.



    does that mean something has been popping out of your fly all day? icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 saidSee...this is the reason you keep up your drinking habits while you train! No one wants to be the lightweight at a table of drunks!
    Point taken!! I will work on it I PROMISE!!

    Timberoo said
    does that mean something has been popping out of your fly all day? icon_twisted.gif
    T... something is always popping out of my fly, it's just so big and just won't stay in!
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    It doesn't make sense. Muscle absorbs alcohol more quickly than fat. Therefore, losing fat and gaining lean muscle should theoretically increase tolerance. Did you eat less before you drank that time? Did you consume the alcohol faster than usual?

    I've always had a high tolerance. I think it's because I enjoy wine, scotch, and other liquor on a regular basis - even though I don't often drink in excess. I hate beer.
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    Nov 10, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    Pianist saidIt doesn't make sense. Muscle metabolizes alcohol more quickly than fat. Therefore, losing fat and gaining lean muscle should theoretically increase tolerance. Did you eat less before you drank that time? Did you consume the alcohol faster than usual?

    I've always had a high tolerance. I think it's because I enjoy wine, scotch, and other liquor on a regular basis - even though I don't often drink in excess.

    I think it might have been a combination of fatigue from over training, dehydration and not eating. Also, I don't drink much anymore so when the occasion arose I was HIGHLY unprepared.
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    Nov 11, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    JP85257 saidIm half irish. I dont really have any issue holding my liquor.

    I imagine the police who issued your DUI summonses would dispute that.

    Actually in the police report the cop wrote that I was the most polite, easiest traffic stop he had in a long time. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 11, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    Let it begin.
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    Nov 11, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    These can be quite refreshing...

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    Nov 11, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    bigmusclepete said Yeah, I get really drunk when I lose weight. Better be careful...don't want you getting into any trouble... icon_eek.gif


    Oh , so it would be easy to get you drunk.

    excellent.

    I have plans for you

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    Nov 11, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    I've lost 30 pounds and I'm getting pretty drunk off of 3 or 4 good drinks, compared to around 8. I love it. It is saving me so much money.
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    Nov 12, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    Hmmm. You all that are top shelf types cranking out the marathons and such maybe really shouldn't be using alcohol. Pushing the edge of human tolerance (kinda) and pouring poison (ethanol) into ya really might not mix. Remember rolfing your gutts out the 1st time you went to far drinking in high school. Kinda no different to smoking cigs. Ya gotta beat your body to death to inhale. Since alcoholic beverages as a whole are empty calories have a slice of pie alamode instead. You can digest those calories w/o much consequence and probably need them badly. Have the big glass of red wine or a generous double bourbon in the evening and call it good. Shame your friends by drinking water while they booze it or recognize drunks are boring ???
    That being said I do not follow the above advice at all.
    Oh. The Irish, Native Americans and some Asian ethnicities genetically do not process alcohol very well. That being said I am very Irish (1/2) and have Cherokee lineage too. Explains a few things..
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    Nov 12, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
    Kev1962 saidHmmm. You all that are top shelf types cranking out the marathons and such maybe really shouldn't be using alcohol. Pushing the edge of human tolerance (kinda) and pouring poison (ethanol) into ya really might not mix.

    oooooooh.... there is NOTHING like an ice cold beer after a race! ICE COLD!
    ....well, except maybe the beer stop at the 12th mile of the San Francisco Marathon. I don't drink so much that I'm too worried about it... but sometimes there is nothing like a happy buzz with friends.